Best Big-Ass Champagne House

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Who is your favorite Big-Ass Champagne House?

Bollinger
4
13%
Feuillatte
1
3%
Louis Roederer
3
10%
Moet
2
7%
Mumm
0
No votes
Piper-Heidsieck
1
3%
Pol Roger
8
27%
Taittinger
4
13%
Veuve Clicquot
1
3%
Other
6
20%
 
Total votes : 30

Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Hooper » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:49 pm

Sure, we all have our favorite itsy, bitsy Grower-Champagnes, but who is your favorite BACH (Big-Ass Champagne House)? Krug has been omitted for the simple reason that Krug is not Champagne, it is bottled Heaven.


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Note: Had I had room for more options the following would have made the list: Lanson, Laurent-Perrier, Henriot, Perrier-Jouet, and Pommery -included here just to jog your wine-soaked memories 8) !
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:37 pm

I voted Pol, in a fairly close contest with Feuillatte. I wish I could have voted Bollinger, but I just don't think they've been there in recent years. And to be provocative, I'm surprised to see wine geeks voting for Veuve ... great history, but they've been way down my list for a decade ... I don't think LVMH has done them any favors.
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby James Roscoe » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:50 pm

I voted other as Pommery was left off the list. :(
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Hooper » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:40 am

I'm a big Pol Roger fan myself. Looks like Nicky Foo and Mumm are the dark horses -Roederer too. What, no rappers in the house?


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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Ian Sutton » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:30 pm

Roederer for me - the only big house champagne that's offered anything even remotely resembling value.
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:09 pm

G`day all, Happy New Year. Ian, I am with you regards Roederer, especially the Anderson Valley Brut. Always so consistent and I have some Ermitage too. That is a limited releaseI believe?

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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Peter May » Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:37 pm

I voted 'other' as my favourite big fizz is Lanson Black Label, otherwise I buy Raymond Boulard growers Champagne.

Well actually I have recently bought as well as Lanson, Castellane and Delbeck. Latter supposedly supplied the French royal court -- and its jolly good. But solely on the ridiculously inexpensive bin-end prices.

In December we opened 7 bottles. :)
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Hooper » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:36 pm

Shall no one cast a vote for Mumm? I will say that their CA Sparkling wine is terrible at best.


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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Paul Winalski » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:49 pm

Bill Hooper wrote:Shall no one cast a vote for Mumm? I will say that their CA Sparkling wine is terrible at best.


Mumm's NOT the word. :twisted:

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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Buitenhuys » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:03 am

Shall no one cast a vote for Mumm? I will say that their CA Sparkling wine is terrible at best.
I agree with you regarding most of the Mumm Napa portfolio (I think I've sampled most everything they produce short of the Santana DVX) but I was pleasantly surprised recently by the 25th anniversary reserve brut. It carried a complexity that I hadnt found in Mumm sparklers in the past. The '98 DVX we had a few nights ago wasnt that bad either. Not worth the price though.

As far as BACH's, I'm partial to Pol for champers and Roederer L'Ermitage for a sparkler.
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby JC (NC) » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:02 pm

I really shouldn't vote since I haven't tried many of those listed. But with my limited experience my favorite is the high-end Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, and after that the Taittinger. I also like rose' Champagne and those leaning towards more Pinot Noir.
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Otto » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:34 pm

Thought not on the list, I've thought of Billecart-Salmon as a big-ass Champagne. That would have been my vote.
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Hooper » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:30 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:Thought not on the list, I've thought of Billecart-Salmon as a big-ass Champagne. That would have been my vote.



I too love Billecart-Salmon. I guess they didn't make the list because of thier size. They make a paltry 60,000 cases :wink: , while Moet makes 2,000,000+. All the others make over 100,000 cases. (the possible exception being VC, which despite small'er' production still manages to make awful NV Champagne).



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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Dale Williams » Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:41 pm

I would have voted for Billecart-Salmon, also. I voted for Taittinger - I tend to like the lighter styles. Pol Roger would have been second for me.

V-C has lower production? I thought they were huge. Surprised they or Feuillante (which I think is actually a co-op not a house) got votes- thought both have been awful lately/
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Re: Best Big-Ass Champagne House

Postby Bill Hooper » Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:31 pm

Dale Williams wrote:
V-C has lower production? I thought they were huge. /



Well, not exactly low. Slighlty under 100,000 cases as last reported.


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