No other beverage is a more iconic representation of New Years Day than Champagne. This complex sparkling wine has been enjoyed since the late 1600’s, though the méthode champenoise was not perfected until the 19th century. Often confused with generic sparkling wine, Champagne adheres to very strict regulations regarding production method and sourcing of fruit. All grapes used in its production(most often Pinot Noir, Pinot Muenier, and Chardonnay) must come from specific parcels within Champagne, secondary fermentation must take place in the bottle (as opposed to large tanks) and grapes must be grown in accordance with appellation rules. In many countries, it is illegal to label any product as Champagne unless it strictly adheres to these regulations. Making Champagne may be a laborious, time consuming process, but the end result is worth it. Champagne is arguably the world’s best sparkling wine, and has become the world’s favorite companion for celebration. This New Years, treat yourself to a bottle of classic Champagne!
Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut
Moët has been among the best Champagne producers since 1773. Originally enjoyed by King Louis XV, Moët & Chandon is now holds the royal warrant as a supplier of Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II.
The color is an elegant golden straw yellow with amber highlights. Its aromas are radiant, revealing bright yellow-fleshed fruits (apple, pear, yellow peach), honey, floral nuances (lime blossom) and elegant blond notes (brioche and fresh nuts). The palate is seductive, richly flavorful and smooth combining generosity and subtlety, fullness and vigor, followed by a delicately fresh crispiness.
Veuve Clicquot Brut
Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. François Clicquot died in 1805, leaving his widow in control of Champagne production. Madame Clicquot became the first woman to take over a Champagne house, to great success. Veuve Clicquot has often been depicted as a favorite of James Bond.
“Bright and lightly toasty, this elegant Champagne layers flavors of cassis, crushed hazelnut and lemon meringue pie on the creamy bead.”
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët. One of the most prestigious houses in Champagne, the firm was shipping wine to Great Britain by 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Perrier-Jouët owns 266 acres of vineyards in Champagne, with an average rating of 95%, and is known worldwide for its consistency of style.
“Lively and mouthwatering, with flavors of black currant, graphite, candied lemon zest and smoky mineral, supported by a creamy mousse. A balanced crowd-pleaser.”