Five Bubbly, Affordable Alternatives to Champagne for Under $15

Posted October 07, 2014

WineLibrary Staff


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Champagne is synonymous with weddings, brunch and, of course, celebrating post-season baseball victories. Such luxury may come at a price but fear not vino enthusiasts, you don’t have to spend your weekly allotment for family groceries to enjoy a few hours of a bubbly experience. Ready to pop the cork and get started?

We’ve put together a review of our top five alternatives to Champagne. Oh and did I forget to mention? You’re not going to spend a penny over $15 (insert applause). Let’s dive right in:

  • Collin Cremant De Limoux ($11.97) - Created in the traditional sparkling method (a very delicate and intriguing process), this Cremant is a gorgeous blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of acidity, you’ll find some serious depth and so many fruit flavors you might think you’ve placed an entire bag of Skittles in your mouth.
  • Caposaldo Prosecco Brut ($10.97) - The nose on this particular Prosecco will draw you in with hints of orange peel, acacia blossom, and pear. The taste is what will keep you coming back for more, a fully-balanced palate featuring round after round of fresh apple, white peach, and apricot. Perfect as a pre-dinner snack or a stand-alone experience.
  • Juve Y Camps Brut Rose ($13.97) - This sparkling stands out mostly due to its dark hue and tantalizing creaminess. It almost sings with a melody of flavors and tastes, a dry sparkling that woos you with fresh strawberry and truffles at the nose. Once committed, this Brut Rose will bid you adieu with a lingering, fruity finish. Highly recommend adding some chocolate to the mix to make the experience that much more pleasing.
  • Gruet Blanc De Noirs ($12.97) - Earthy deliciousness. One of the more complex sparklings featured, this “white from red” serves up a well-developed palate and taste to boot. An earthy nose with hints of plum and game, this sparkling has plenty of character and full-bodiedness to go around.
  • Botani Sparkling Muscat ($13.97) - With a nose that makes you think you’re at Bloomingdales testing out new perfumes, this sparkling muscat is one of the most flavorful sparklings you’ll come across. Flowers and fruit combine for a crisp, long lasting experience. Prepared to get punched in the face with the aromatics on this one (in a good way, we swear).

You’re officially armed and dangerous with some of our favorite sparkling wines. All that’s left to do is pick up one, two, or hell, all five of these bottles, and celebrate your new found bubbly independence.

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Juve Y Camps Brut Rose

88 Wine & Spirits

Item: 30658

750 mL

Retail: $16.99

$11.24 per btl

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Gruet Blanc De Noirs

86 Cellar Tracker

Item: 43890

750 mL

Retail: $14.99

$11.93 per btl

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Collin Cremant De Limoux

82 Cellar Tracker

Item: 67989

750 mL

Retail: $9.98

$9.98 per btl

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Caposaldo Prosecco Brut

88 John Gilman - View from th...

Item: 71336

750 mL

Retail: $15.99

$8.50 per btl

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Botani Sparkling Muscat

92 Robert Parker - Robert Par...

Item: 79539

750 mL

Retail: $18.99

$11.99 per btl