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Picking Champagne for New Years


December 27, 2011 Blog » Learn About Wine » Picking Champagne for New Years

Recommendations for New Years Champagne

Finding New Years Champagne

Consider a grower champagne this year for two reasons: because the quality-to-price ratio is amazing and your money will go to an artisan producer.  A grower-producer has the benefit of total control in the vineyard to produce fantastic bubbly offered at substantially lower prices than the big champagne brands like Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot.  You’ll spend $40 – $60 on a grower champagne, but at a quality range that usually costs double or more! Hey, it’s the New Year, you deserve it!

Finding a good grower champagne can be a challenge, so we’ve curated some of our favorites:

  1. Jean Baitlette-Prudhomme – $54 Brut Zero Champagne at fatcork.com
    Super Dry. It smells rich of orange peel and cream and then washes out your mouth with spritz and minerals. omg. so intense and so exquisitely dry brut champagne.
  2. Mathieu-Gandon – $44 Demi-Sec at fatcork.com
    Sweet. Rich and sweeter than all the other champagnes, this will blow the mind of someone who admits they loves Asti… grandmother pleaser
  3. Bernard Launois – $60 Brut Blanc de Blancs 2002 Vintage Champagne at klwines.com
    Dry. From a stellar vintage in champagne, this buttery more full-bodied style of champagne has a terrific balance of creaminess to acidity
  4. Fleury – $50 Brut Rosé Champagne at klwines.com
    Dry. Like eating a bunch of strawberries in a forest full of morel mushrooms
  5. Franck Bonville – $33 “Brut Selection” Blanc de Blancs Champagne at klwines.com
    Dry. Light creaminess and lemony with hints of custard
  6. Pierre Moncuit – $45 Cuvee Delos Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs find on winezap.com
    Dry. apricot cream and honeycomb on the nose with a richer and more full-bodied flavor and a long effervescent finish
  7. Egly Ouriet – $85 Brut Tradition Grand Cru on wine.com
    Dry. meyer lemon, honeysuckle and ginger with a rich buttery texture and a smokiness on the finish

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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards. Find me at @WineFolly