Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Overview of Champagne supplies in Klang Valley (and rest of Malaysia)

Ahead of the new year eve celebration to welcome 2014, I would like to launch my fact-based Champagne blog that would help Malaysians in shopping for Champagne, be it for a last-minute shopping at 9pm or for the CNY. 

Champagne has not received its deserved attention in Malaysia possibly due to its pricing level of RM150 – RM300 for a bottle (750ml) for non-vintage Champagne and RM250 – RM2,000 for a bottle of vintage Champagne. A bottle of vintage rose Champagne could cost double of that due to the rarity of Pinot Noir grapes in champagne region.

While the affordability issue of Champagne remains true, especially outside Klang Valley, where wine consumption focuses on wine with price point between RM40 and RM100, I still believe that Champagne is a way to celebrate life – thus this article of introducing several entry-level Champagnes (together with Wine Spectator scores assigned via blind tasting).

Personally, I pop a bottle of Champagne on every occasion I can make it an excuse to do so, be it a colleague’s birthday, a happy day, a dinner date or the sweet girl next door smiled at me. The reason is in fact simple, Champagne is very easy to drink and the foam of fine-bubbly Champagne coating your tongue is in fact very enjoyable.

As promised, some affordable Champagnes for all of you. Feel free to write to me at GohBerry@hotmail.com on supplies or advice about where to get this best price / which bottle to get for events / wedding dinners etc.

 Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Impérial NV 
(Wine Spectator: 92 points, Retailed at RM189-RM219)

Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Premier NV
(Wine Spectator: 91 points, Retailed at RM248)

Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV  
(Wine Spectator: 93 Points, Retailed at RM260 - RM299)

Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Vintage 2004 
(Wine Spectator: 93 Points, Retailed at RM350-RM380)

Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Grand Vintage 2004 
(Wine Spectator: 92 Points, Retailed at RM290-RM350)

Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Grand Vintage 2002 
(Wine Spectator: 93 Points, RM345 – generally sold out, I have only very limited stocks)

For those who would tolerate slight drop on quality for a 50% discount, Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine (Retailed at around RM115) and Chandon Brut Rose Sparkling Wine (Retailed at around RM145), both produced with the traditional method (méthode traditionnelle) involving a second fermentation in the bottle.

I would leave the discussion on prestige cuvee on my upcoming posts. And for now, Happy New Year and wish you and your family a prosperous 2014.

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