Mr Fjeld wrote:Will try Bollinger Spécial Cuvée, brut on new year's eve - have you tried it? Other suggestions much appreciated. I do like the lighter fruitier and drier style such as Guy Charlemagne and Billecart-Salmon?
I'm afraid I'm very familiar with the Bollinger. It is one of my personal favourites, a little more robust than most champagnes so may not suit you as well if you prefer the Billecart-Salmon (I've never tried the Charlemagne) It has a wonderful biscuity quality. A 1990 I had a few years ago was a match for all but the best whiskies I have had.
As for a good regular champagne that doesn't break the bank, non-vintage Veuve Cliquot has never let us down and there's nothing wrong with Moet & Chandon either other than the snobs looking down on it.
1990, 1995 and 1996 were fabulous years for just about any of the good Champagne houses and these vintages are well worth looking out for.