Since today is New Years Eve I wanted to do a little Champagne Taste Test. I like to drink a lot of champagne, so I like to go with quantity. Thus, all of the bottles are less than $15. As you know, price does not always translate to quality!
Andre Brut – $4.99
J. Roget Brut – $5.99
Cook’s Brut – $7.99
Korbel Brut – $9.99
Domaine Ste. Michelle – $13.99
I am not a professional wine connoisseur, but I do like to drink. I have found that my palette and taste for cheap champagne is shared by the masses. Thus, if you like to drink and enjoy cheap champagne this post is for you.
First is the Andre Brut California Champagne. The Andre has a nice clear color. With a twist-off cap, you fail to get the pop and excitement of opening a champagne bottle. 🙁 The bubbles are few but rather big compared to the rest. Overall it is smooth and pleasant to the tongue. Very drinkable. Dana says that you could polish off a bottle in an instant. So smooth and tasty. No burning after taste or plastic-like taste. To be honest, wrap this puppy up in a towel and your friends will never know that you spent $4.99.
Second is J. Roget Brut American Champagne. This champagne had a ton of bubbles up front yet brought nothing to the party. Besides the lack of bubbles, it suffered from a horrible yellowish tinge. On a positive note, it had a terrible plastic taste. Joking, that was negative. Not to be all negative, it had a fancy label.
Third is Cook’s Brut California Champagne. Happy birthday to Cook’s, the bottle informed me that they are celebrating 150 years getting America drunk. Cook’s was full of bubbles that lasted throughout the glass. While drinking it, I noticed that it had a nice color and lacked the plastic taste that J. Roget left in my mouth. For that, I was happy. Overall it was smooth, had a nice flavor (tad bit fruity with bright tones), exceptional bubbles and a fancy label that would not require the towel wrapping required by The Andre.
Fourth was the Korbel. I thought I loved Korbel, then I tasted it with the other champagnes and realized that in fact, I did not like it. It is like going to Atlantic City and then taking a trip to Las Vegas. You thought AC was awesome since it was all that you have ever known. After just flying into Vegas, you realize how pathetic AC is. Yep, Korbel is the Atlantic City of Champagne.
Fifth was Domaine Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Sparkling Wine. With a fancy name and bottle, this champagne did not disappoint. You can proudly serve this champagne because it looks fancy, tastes fancy and like three of the other champagnes, does not taste like plastic. You know who you are J. Roget. Overall this champagne had a great flavor, excellent bubbles, a non-embarrassing label and a festive flavor.
5. Korbel – Bitter after-taste, just not good.
4. J. Roget – Plastic, but somehow better than Korbel
3. Domaine Ste. Michelle – $13 Ritzy but still couldn’t outperform $4.99 classy.
2. Cook’s – There is a reason that they are having a 150 year anniversary. The stuff is tasty.
1. Andre – The underdog with the plastic cork beat them all. Don’t ask don’t tell, but that shit is awesome.
Hopefully, I spelled everything correctly, as I just downed 5 bottles of champagne. I am going to have one hell of a hangover. I hope you guys find this post helpful in ringing in the New Year without losing your hard earned dollars. Happy New Year and see you in 2010. Check out our New Years 2015 Champagne Taste test here.