Just in time for the holidays the San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article with reviews about French Champagne and domestic sparkling wines. Of the wines that are reviewed that I have tasted, I agree with their assessments.
But what really struck me is this paragraph:
There are levels of complexity, finesse and balance in our recommended wines, which are somewhat similar between our top domestic bottlings and the imported Champagne submitted for our tasting. In fact, a few local bottlings beat the pants off their French counterparts. Though we had several popular Champagne brands in the tasting, many didn’t deliver as much for the money as their American counterparts.
I have believed that for some time now. Some of the French producers American versions, in particular, are are superior to their more expensive flagship wines.
Take a look at their reviews, they may save you a lot of money this holiday season.