Vilmart & Cie "Grand Cellier" Champagne Brut $79.99
My favorite. One of the greatest Champagnes you will ever drink, AND I think as wonderful as their vintage Champagne at a fraction of the price. Barrel fermentation gives the the bold, rich decadent texture (Like Krug) and boatloads of lemon curd, biscuit, toasted Brioche flavor. Ultra fine mouse with micro bubbles make this one of the easiest going Champagnes ever.
***One of the best memories I have of Vilmart is trying to play ping pong at my neighbor Greg's house at 1:00am with a glass of Vilmart in my hand, trying my best not to spill any and still win. We drank a ton of Champagne until the wee hours. It was fortunate that I was within walking distance of my house.