I've been trying to learn more about French sparkling wines, both Champagne and Crémant, but due to price considerations haven't been able to try as many as I'd like. I'm hoping you all could offer some suggestions based on what I've enjoyed so that I can learn more while not breaking the bank. I'm also interested in learning
First off, not sure if it's helpful but when it comes to whites in general I tend to drink a lot from the Loire and German Rieslings. I tend to enjoy good acidity but like a nice balance of minerals, fruit, and herbs. This is a gross generalization and I like a variety of wines, but hopefully it gives an idea. I've found a number of Champagnes too austere for me.
So far for Champagnes (due to budget) I've stuck mainly to standard Brut bottlings. My favorites thus far has been Duval Leroy followed by Taittinger. I found them more flavorful than some of the others I've tried (Moet, Perrier-Jouet, Thierry Triolet, Pierre Paillard "Daniel" Brut, Veuve Clicquot, Gruet from CA) Is there something about these two that might make me gravitate to them?
Any suggestions for who else I should try? Also, for budget reasons any Crémant suggestions?
Since I've barely dipped my toes in Rosé Champagne, any producers or recommendations for where to start? Is Rosé Champagne generally more expensive?