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Seek out grower Champagnes for a holiday thrill
Seek out grower Champagnes for a holiday thrill

It just doesn't seem like the holidays without breaking out a bottle of Champagne at least once. The Grande Marques — those well-known Champagne houses such as Taittinger, Pol Roger, Moet-Chandon, Krug and more — are always welcome. But what about showing up with something less obvious? The bottle may not be as elegantly packaged, but what's inside can be thrilling and revelatory. Most good wine shops have at least a few grower Champagnes, made by the family that grows the grapes. Some of these smaller estates own Grand Cru or other notable vineyards, and the prices for their top Champagnes can be a relative bargain. Can't find these exact bottles? Not to...

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