I posted a short review on a book about champagne over on Not About Food, and was directed to start a discussion about actual champagne here.
What are people's favorites? I usually stick to California and Italian sparkling wines for the price, but reading the book has me hankering for something made by the big shots: Bollinger, Moet, Tattinger, Heidsick, etc. I can't afford their star bottles, so suggestions in the $25 range would be best.
I've tried Pommery and Cliquot Ponsardin, so I can check those off the list. I found Pommery light and easy to drink, but not compelling. The Cliquot was very drinkable, but more of a sweet after dinner drink than a dry sipping champagne.