New Year’s Eve = Champagne Time

By | December 22, 2015 at 5:36 am | No comments | Drink, Seasonal, Top 10 Lists, Wine | Tags: , , ,

2015 is coming to an end and that means the egg-nog of Christmas will be quickly replaced by the bubbly champagne of New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Every year it seems we get asked by people what are some of the best champagnes out there.  Champagne is a tricky subject to tackle because it can be sweet or dry and can range from $4 to over $500 per bottle.  Ultimately, like a lot of wines or beers, your favorite tasting champagne is subjective and depends on your personal palate.  However, what you can drink typically depends even more so on your budget.

Often people are not even sure what Champagne is, where it comes from or what makes it different from sparkling wines. True Champagne can only be made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France and adheres to strict rules on production including a secondary fermentation in the bottle that creates the carbonation.  Usually Champagne is made from black Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but also white Chardonnay grapes.  French Champagne appellation law only allows grapes grown according to those rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of Champagne.  Pretty much everything else falls into the classification of ‘Sparkling Wine.’ Sparkling wines can be made with looser grape standards, differing carbonation methods, and in other regions around the globe.

While many use the term Champagne as a generic term describing any sparkling wine, the wine industry itself and many countries around the world reserve the term Champagne for only those sparkling wines that truly qualify as Champagne.

Champagnes and Sparkling Wine have options for all tastes and all budgets.  What we have tried to do is compile a list of some various types that will give you an option regardless of budget and sweetness preference.

Economy

(Under $20)

Roederer Estate Champagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roederer Estate Brut: North Coast California (Dry)

La Marca Prosecco: Veneto, Italy (Semi-Sweet)

Gloria Ferrer Brut: Sonoma County, California (Semi-Sweet to Sweet)

 

Special Occasion

(Under $100)

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve

Veuve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve: $50

Champagne Stéphane Coquillette Carte Bleue Millésime Brut: $88

Champagne Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier: $55

Champagne Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut: $75

Perrier-Jouët NV Grand Brut: $45

Champagne Taittinger Brut Millesime: $75

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck NV Rosé Sauvage: $55

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label: $47

Champagne G.H. Mumm NV Cordon Rouge: $40

 

Lifetime Events

(Over $100)

1996 Champagne Krug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996: $2,250 (A top 10 rated wine of all time)

Dom Pérignon P2 1998: $399

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut 2004: $140

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2003: $350

Champagne Moët & Chandon 2000 Dom Pérignon Rosé: $350

Bollinger Les Vieilles Vignes Francaises: $300

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs: $190

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame: $150

Bollinger Vielles Vignes 2004: $1,090 

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003: $850

Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blanc 2002: $400

 

*Prices are approximate as the costs vary from state to state and different times of year throughout the country.

 

So as you hear the pop of corks this coming week, enjoy yourself a glass of bubbly and welcome the New Year in style.

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