It’s the festive season and despite the pandemic, the need for a bit of cheer has never been greater. And what better way to celebrate than with a glass of champagne? Whether you’re looking for the ideal bottle to serve at dinner, the right cuvée for gifting, or a perfect sip with your sweetheart, we’ve taken the guess work out of choosing. Below are few of our favorite bottles that are sure to please every palate.
Moët & Chandon Imperial
Alluring, generous, vibrant – these are the characteristics that define Moët & Chandon Imperial. The bright acidity and red fruit zip of this bottle is offset by flavors of toasted nuts and baked bread, all thanks to the brand’s mix of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varietals in nearly equal portions. Pair it with a classic roast chicken to take your dinner party to a whole new level!
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Produced from a blend of 100% premiers crus Chardonnay grapes, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is golden yellow in colour with a beautiful luminosity. Its full-bodied mousse and toasty profile with rich notes of brioche, French toast and roasted almonds gives way to harmonious notes of honey, almond, and fragrant fruits like peach and green on the long, sustained finish.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve
Balance and harmony combine together in this light and subtle champagne. Its blend is made up of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, and is the ideal partner, both as an aperitif and throughout the entirety of a meal. This bright, zesty champagne with notes of apricot, baked bread, and red fruit really wakes up the palate.
Dom Perignon 2008
This is a champagne lover’s dream, with lemon zest and greengage on the nose and a toasted-hazelnut quality underneath. Hints of spiced orange peel come through with a little aeration, as well as flavours of crunchy green apple and acacia that bounce off the tongue, with a remarkably fine effervesce throughout.
Krug Grande Cuvée Brut
For those who prefer champagne with a rounder flavor profile, this cuvée, made with a blend of 140 wines from 13 different years, going as far back as 1998. Rich with stone fruit and citrus with just an edge of spice and hint of chocolate, this is a bottle that deserves to be appreciated entirely on its own.
Taittinger Prélude NV
The balance between freshness and aromatic strength is what makes this champagne such a harmonious blend. The cuvée comes together through the careful selection of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grands Crus, taken from just the first pressing, and a maturation period of 5 years in the cellars. With its blend of 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this bottle provides a fresh, crisp palate of citrus and mineral notes that would be ideal prelude to a unique moment of pleasure and celebration.