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Champagnes/sparklers -- two questions

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Champagnes/sparklers -- two questions

TorontoJo | Dec 15, 2008 05:17 PM

Hi everyone -- new to the Wine board, so my apologies if I missed similar threads in my search.

Question #1: I was given a 1998 Dom Perignon as a gift a couple of years ago... how long it can sit in my cellar before I risk a decline in quality?

Question #2: I throw a sort of annual champagne and dessert party and am always looking for a decent quality sparkler that isn't going to break the bank (I usually go through 1.5 - 2 cases during the evening). The real challenge is that I live in Ontario, where the wine costs would make most American wine lovers cry. At my last party, I chose the 2003 Domaine Carneros Brut, which was about $33 CAD/bottle. I thought it was a lovely sparkling wine for the price, but it was a special order at the liquor store and they no longer carry it.

I would definitely prefer a sparkling wine that uses methode champenoise, but it probably won't be an actual champagne, given my price range. I've been eyeing the CHATEAU DE MONTGUERET CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT ($20) and the 05 CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY (BAILLY) ($22). I'm also rather partial to a local Ontario option -- Henry of Pelham's Cuvee Catherine Brut Rose ($30).

Any opinions on my choices? Other options in the $20 - $35 CAD range that would go well with sweets?

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