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How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

How to Save on Champagne So You Can Splurge on Caviar

NV Fleury Fleur de L'Europe Brut Photo courtesy of Champagne Fleury

NV Fleury Fleur de L'Europe Brut: When you buy nonvintage Champagne, you're getting a blend of wines from different years. Often enough, this adds up to something excellent, though usually not quite as rich and complex as a pricier vintage Champagne made from one stellar season's grapes. But there are exceptions: Fleury's basic brut is an entry-level Champagne that tastes a lot like a lovingly-aged vintage bottling, and in fact it's composed entirely of wines from 2004 (which was a great year) and 2005 (which was good). It's creamy, toasty and totally luxurious—exactly the kind of thing you should pour on Valentine's Day.

Drink It With: Smoked salmon and caviar, ideally together in Eric Ripert's super-luxe, super-easy dish of smoked salmon and salmon roe with crème fraîche and brioche.

Best Price Online: $39 at Larchmont Wine & Liquor. (Find more stores.)

Also Look For: Other excellent non-vintage Champagnes.

Related: Jacques Pépin Demonstrates How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

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