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7 Alternatives to Top Champagne Brands

Champagne is one of the few wines that can be enjoyed anytime of day or night. The only problem with top Champagne brands is that they’re expensive. Fortunately, you can find a few great sparkling wines with similar profiles to the high-end Champagnes that are much more wallet-friendly.

Here are the 7 top Champagne brands and some great alternatives for those who like to go off the beaten path.

Top Champagne Brands

How much should I expect to spend on Champagne?

Champagne is a protected name for sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France. Because of demand, expect to pay a minimum of $35 for Champagne, whereas sparkling wine from somewhere else is often much less.


$150

Dom Perignon Champagne

Dom Perignon is a prestige cuvee owned by Moët & Chandon. DP is aged at least 7 years before release to ensure maximum deliciousness.

Roederer Estate Brut
$20 wine.com

Roederer Estate Brut is a sub $20 sparkling wine from California. It is the faux fur of Dom Perignon; Remarkably similar look, purpose and feel… from across the room.


$40

Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Veuve Clicquot’s yellow label is perhaps the most well marketed Champagne on the face of the planet.

J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux
$14 K&L

A great Cremant de Limoux or Cremant de Bourgogne will be equal to or even beat ‘Yellow Label’ for less that $20. We love Lucien Albrecht, J. Laurens and Martinolles.


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$299

Ace of Spades Champagne

It’s easy to disregard Jay-Z’s hyped Champagne brand, but Armand de Brignac is actually quite well made. It has creamy bubble finesse and almond-orange notes.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
$59 K&L

Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Ruinart is a prestige Champagne, but at $60 a bottle, it’s less than half the price.


$60

Bollinger Champagne

Bollinger is produced with a blend made primarily of Pinot Noir. Fruity and smoky flavors are more common in wines made with black grapes.

2008 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs
$33 wine.com

Schramsberg finds their Pinot Noir in Alexander Valley and Carneros, CA. A slightly fruitier version but with the same crisp undertone.


$199

Cristal Champagne

Cristal has a golden hue and honeyed nuances that carry on in a lingering finish. Cristal is a prestige vintage Champagne by family-owned Louis Roederer.

Berlucchi ’61 Brut
$20 wine.com

Franciacorta is Italy’s answer to Champagne. While slightly less golden than Cristal and more simple on the palate, the style is just as rich.


$38

Perrier Jouet Champagne

Perrier Jouet is offered at a value price for most Champagne at just under $40 a bottle. Perrier Jouet tastes of pear and a touch of creaminess. It’s slightly sweeter than Veuve Clicquot.

Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Bosco di Gica
$20 wine.com

Prosecco has come a long way from being a headache-giving sweet wine. This Valdobbiadene Prosecco hints at sweetness while maintaining a clean dry flavor.


$140 – $220

Krug Champagne

The process of making both Krug and Salon is a serious time investment. Aging Champagne imparts more tertiary aromas of croissants and frangipane.

Fratelli Lunelli Ferrari ‘Giulio Ferrari’
$100 via wine-searcher

A truly great creamy Trento D.O.C. from Italy made in the same arduous style as Krug and Bollinger Grand Annee.


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About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly