“Champagne, King of Wines and Wine of Kings.” – Prince Orlofsky
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with bubbles flowing all around. It is a season of soirees, office parties, holiday dinners, and New Year’s celebrations. Whether you are celebrating with just one person or a crowd, be sure to have the bubbles ready, cause Champagne is the ultimate wine for the holidays.
This is the time of year to pull out all the stops and impress the heck out of your friends and family, and there is no better way than with Champagne. It is a special time of year where no ordinary bubbles will suffice, it has to be Champagne. And just a friendly reminder – Champagne is only Champagne if it comes from Champagne, France.
Serving & Pairings
Champagne is best-served at 45 degrees. Serve up your bubbly in romantic Champagne coupes, Champagne flutes, or plain old wine glasses. With its bright acidity, Champagne pairs wonderfully with caviar, popcorn, holiday turkey, or even fried chicken. Whatever you pair it with, Champagne will simply make the mood more festive.
Champagne for Every Occasion
Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Champagnes for the holiday season, with a price that accommodates any budget. These bottles are sure to set the celebratory mood of the holidays. A comprehensive list of the best of the best, there is something on this list that is sure to please everyone – vintage, non vintage, rosé, and blanc de blancs. Not only are these Champagnes simply delicious, but they also express tradition, complexity, terroir and a sense of place that is undeniably Champagne.
With bold origins as a tribute to Marie-Antoinette, Rare is a Champagne made for royalty. Rare Millésime 2006 is both oriental and fresh. Its almost paradoxical mineral and opulent tautness offer substantial potential for expression. Delicate, dynamic bubbles glisten in brilliance. Rare is INFINITELY RICH AND INVITING. Dried apricots, sweet spices, citron lime, and accents of crisp honeyed pastries envelop the palate with a smoky warmth.
Leclerc Briant is a trailblazing Champagne house producing wines of singular energy and nerve. Gastronomic Champagne is the goal of Leclerc Briant and all of their wines are intended to accompany fine cuisine, making it the perfect choice for Christmas dinner. A bright beautiful yellow gold fills the glass, with aromas of fruit, brioche, and almonds. The palate is light and fresh with delicate acidity of lemon, apple, hints of almonds and lingering spice notes.
Champagne Moulin is a top-of-the-line, vintage Champagne that’s bright, crisp, and magnificently refined . Refreshing, radiant, pure luxury… Jean-Philippe puts the CHAMP in Champagne. If you could only drink one bottle of sparkling, you’re gonna want to pop open this authentic French bubbly. A classic, top-shelf vintage Champagne like this gives famous labels a run for their money! Selling for less than $40…now THAT’S worth a toast!
Champagne Blanc de Blancs
For four generations, the parents and grandparents of André Jacquart only produced Champagne grapes. In 1958 André Jacquart introduced a new spirit in the family, producing his own estate-bottled Champagne, and as they say the rest is history. The Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, displaying brilliant pale gold hue, with a tight bead and persistent mousse. There are green pear, apple and toasted bread on the nose, with a distinct wet stone minerality. There is a lush creamy mousse upon entry, rich full and crisp, with warm toasty elements.
The Boizel Blanc de Blancs displays magnificent structure and unique ampleness of great Chardonnays. This pure Chardonnay is a blend of Premier and Grand Crus from the Côte des Blancs. The pale golden robe with light green sparkles is passed through by long-lasting bubbles. The florals reveal fresh acacia flowers with seductive notes of fresh brioche and honey. The texture is creamy and delicate with intense notes of hazelnut, grapefruit, and toasted brioche. The finale shows great freshness, delicacy, and length.
Non Vintage Champagne
The freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinct. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic Champagne. The nose has toasty aromas of brioche and almonds. On the palate, there is a burst of bright acidity with golden apples and lemon meringue. A great Champagne to sip on its own or pair with a meal. Brut Premier is a champagne that is harmonious and structured, elegant and lively, with a unique exuberancy.
An iconic cuvée symbolizing the excellence and high standards of Maison Collet. Brut Art Deco Premier Cru is subtle and elegant, with exceptional charm. The Brut Art Deco Premier Cru will reveal all its charms when served alongside an exquisite gourmet meal. The first impression of citrus and lime follows through with notes of juicy pineapple and crisp apple followed by a smoky touch of sea salt. A finishing note of honey for a wine of elegance.
From the very start, the wines of Charles Heidsieck managed to seduce the royal courts of Europe. Today, the House’s wines are awarded the highest accolades. The Champagne has a deep golden robe with delicate and long-lasting bubbles. The bubbly offers a complex, voluptuous nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans. The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. Complex and, therefore, intriguing.
Founded in 1812, the house of Laurent Perrier is recognized as one of the leading Champagne houses. Their success is derived from following long-established traditions and respect for nature. The company remains independent and family-owned. The Champagne is pale gold in color with a delicate and complex nose, with hints of citrus and white fruits. Fresh and easy on the palate, with a creamy mousse and notes of honeysuckle, ripe peach, citrus and a slight toasty note on the finish. A well balanced bubbly with fresh acidity.
Besserat de Bellefon is a house with a history intimately linked to the French “Art de Vivre”. BB’s Extra Brut only reveals itself to those who appreciate contemplation. Its broad gold robe is profound and generous of its golden heart. It has opulent notes of Macadamia nuts, raisins and currants. The palate is rich with buttery pastry and toast with nice racy acidity and superb length.
Champagne Louis Roederer’s Brut Nature is a Champagne conceived as an exchange, forged by a long-standing friendship. This champagne is the personification of the free-thinking that resulted from an encounter between Maison Louis Roederer and the creator Philippe Starck. This rosé is extremely special with an orange hue and salmon pink tints. Spicy aromas of Sichuan pepper combined with floral notes of violet. Toast and mocha on the nose result in an elegant and concentrated bouquet. After aeration, intense fruity notes start to emerge along with concentrated notes of wild raspberries. The palate is fruity, fresh and delicate.
Boizel Rosé is a subtle cuvee with delicate pink hues and aromas of small red berries. The very fine and aerial bubbles brighten its pale pink robe with some copper bronze hints. The fine and subtle bouquet reveals fruity and delicate notes of raspberries and wild strawberries. On the palate, it is velvety and deliciously fresh, as well as generous and well-structured. The refined fruity aromas are intense and blend harmoniously with citrus notes, smooth spices, and an elegant subtle minerality. The finale is fresh, smooth and elegant.