Champagne and sparkling wine is a wondrous thing; in fact so wondrous that it should be enjoyed more than just once a year. I do think there are plenty of occasions beyond New Years; there are birthdays, anniversaries, because it’s Wednesdays or as a weekly treat; an homage to life and your enjoyment of the simple pleasures. This doesn’t mean you need to drink an expensive Champagne or sparkling wine. In fact, your enjoyment should come from a broad range of Champagne or sparkling wine–there is a wide world out of superb sparkling wine and Champagnes today.
And for New Years, I do like to have an exceptional bottle of Champagne; I prefer to always have Champagne on this occasion and I want a wine that only Champagne can deliver. I do find Champagnes in general to be dryer and have a wonderful bread toast – Brioche, cream, subtle spice and tropical fruit; Champagne being the most northerly sparkling wine zone produces wines that are zesty and acidic; rarely watery. The vibrancy of dryness and the fine art of blending wines brings complexity an consistency in a world where consistency is only possible on a vintage year not every year.
Celebrate the past but brighten your 2009 with sparkle and generous continuous bubbles. Here are my recommendations for this New Years eve which you will notice have some fun and lesser known Champagne houses and all are non-vintage to hone in on what are good values and not breaking the bank. Also a good way to discover an excellent wine that you might not have had before:
– Ayala Brut Majeur NV
– Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne NV
– Bruno Paillard Brut Première Cuvée NV
– Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne NV
– Deutz Brut Classic Champagne NV
– Charles Ellner Brut Champagne Cart d’Or NV
– Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne N.V.
– Heidsieck & Co. Monople Brut Champagne Blue Top NV
– George Vesselle Brut NV
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