Champagne is enjoying a resurgence in sales and has recovered after a balmy 2020. It may be known as the universal celebratory drink, but there is more to champagne. A glass of sparkling wine is often misunderstood but widely used, while the first thing you should know about champagne is that it is sparkling wine and that it contains three grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. To make it easier for you to choose, we have selected the best champagnes to try, because after all, the drink is the epitome of pomp and glamor.
Dom Pérignon is synonymous with champagne, but here we long for the 2010 vintage as it is not common for champagnes to be vintage as most are not vintage wines. 2010 was a different year and that prompted it Dom Perignon to publish a year. In 2010 it was a challenge with incessant rains that botrytis mold developed on the grapes, mainly on the Pinot Noir. Dom Pérignon acted quickly and recovered plots of Pinot Noir grapes, resulting in Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010. Various tropical fruits and citrus fruits shine through while it tastes purposefully and gives rich flavors.
It’s a champagne house run by a member of its founding family, and that means Philipponnat is steeped in history and has been producing champagne since the 16th century. Champagne Philipponnat was founded in 1910 by Pierre Philipponnat and today has a limited production with its own fan base. Our choice is the Clos des Goisses, which is one of the strongest and tastiest. It uses grapes from the most famous vineyards and also from the steepest ones. Therefore it is a powerful wine with a unique taste.
Bollinger traces its origins to 1829 when it was founded by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger. It is a famous champagne house that is also independent. Our choice is this La Grande Annee 2012– the second vintage after 2008. This 2012 vintage contains a substantial amount of Pinot Noir, which gives it distinctive aromas. The 2012 vintage of La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé embodies what Bollinger stands for and has a creamy / rich texture that permeates. It is certainly a collector’s item too.
Charles Camille Heidsieck introduced the United States to champagne and was known as “Champagne Charlie“. A popular story because, as part of the champagne folklore, their wines are more aged and have a complex but layered taste. His Brut Réserve without vintage is our choice for its rich taste and improved texture. Compared to other champagne houses, the house uses up to 40 percent reserve wine and that is a big part of its appeal. The cuvée is the fruit of a unique blend and 60 is the number of handpicked crus that go into this blend.
The Pitcher of champagne house was founded by Joseph Kurg in 1843 and is one of the world’s leading authorities when it comes to champagne for the luxury sector. It is known for its masterful blends, with the popular “Grande Cuvée” being the favorite. In contrast to other champagne houses, Krug’s “Grande Cuvée” offers all three varieties, including hand-picked Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This is a non-vintage wine with a blend of 120 crus after a 15-year harvest. It has a complex taste and a sweet nose that make this champagne one of the best champagnes.
A favorite with Hollywood stars and a popular choice because of its great value for money Taittinger Brut Reserve (non-vintage) offers a unique blend of 35 Crus and a higher proportion of Chardonnay. This makes it possible to deliver a fruity and brioche-filled aroma along with a creamy texture. That is why this blend is so balanced and consistent without a vintage.