A good rule of thumb: If your champagne has been mentioned in a rap song, it's probably overrated. Indeed, with a lot of champagnes, a significant amount of your money goes towards marketing. "The people at Pierre Péters are just doing what they love every single day in their vineyards," says Railsback. "In fact, they're my favorite growers and producers of champagne." Their Pierre Péters Champagne Brut Reserve NV uses only chardonnay grapes, has no added sugar, and is a very mineral-driven wine. [$45; wine-searcher.com]
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