Champagne Tips From a Pro
Philippe de Crespi is co-owner of Canaille, a well-loved neighborhood French bistro in Brooklyn, N.Y. But prior to opening Canaille, de Crespi traded wines in the Hamptons and helped clients choose from amongst 500 Champagnes at The Bubble Lounge in Manhattan. We caught up with de Crespi to learn a bit more about bubbly.
Before we enjoy a glass of New Year's bubbly, what are some things we should know?
Champagne is a wine, so treat it as a wine. In France, it's considered the wine of celebration. A French household always has a minimum of one bottle in the fridge 24
When a baby is born, the French bring a bottle of Champagne to the hospital. As soon as the baby comes out, they pop Champagne, give it to the mom, the nurses, and on the lips of the baby. We're not as uptight as in America.There are a lot of great quotes about Champagne. Napoleon said, "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it." What should a person look for in a good Champagne? You're looking for richness, creaminess, yeastiness and toastiness. 2000 has been the best vintage since 1990. My favorite Champagnes are blanc to blanc, 100% chardonnay grapes. My favorite house is Salon. Eugene Aime Salon, who started it, was born in Champagne. He liked the good life, so he moved to Paris, then to New York in the 1920s, during the Belle Epoch. He made a fortune in New York in the fur business, and returned to Champagne to make a grand cru Champagne using the best Chardonnay grapes.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV