A beautiful bottle of Champagne is the easiest and most elegant way to take a party from blah to ooh la la! Not even Scrooge can resist the percussion of a popping cork and tiny bubbles dancing away in the glass. I love Champagne all year round but its inherent luxury and beauty make it a perfect match for holiday festivities. Champagne is joy in a glass! From small growers/producers to legendary houses, here are seven sensational non-vintage Champagnes that will add some sophisticated sparkle to your soirées. I selected non-vintage Champagnes, a blend of harvests from different years, because they are often the clearest indicators of a producer's style and the blends are crafted to maintain a certain consistency from year to year. And remember, Champagne ONLY comes from Champagne, France. Cheers!
Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco NV ($42)
Founded in 1921, Champagne Collet has embraced the elegance and style of the Art Deco period as part of their identity. Their divine Brut Art Deco is comprised of about 20 crus, all Premier or Grand Cru. Aged for at least four years in chalk cellars, this full-bodied Champagne has vibrant fruit flavors, crunchy minerality, and exuberant acidity. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier.
Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Reserve NV ($45)
Family owned and operated since 1859, Duval-Leroy is the largest independent house in Champagne. A blend of around 15 crus and reserve wines, this sophisticated sip has an alluring creaminess that is balanced by flavors of fresh pear and red apple with a hint of lemon zest and toasted brioche. 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay.
Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française ($50)
One of the last family owned and operated Grand Marque Champagne houses in France, Taittinger is celebrated for their exquisitely crafted bubblies that incorporate a larger percentage of Chardonnay than other large houses. As chic as a couture dress, this bubbly is a beguiling shade of pale gold with fine bubbles. Delicate but distinctive, it has lovely flavors of fresh fruit, honey, and brioche. 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV ($45)
Founded in 1785, Piper-Heidsieck is one of the oldest Champagne houses and their Chef de Cave, Régis Camus, has been named “Champagne Winemaker of the Year” a record eight times! His magic touch is evident in their non-vintage Champagne's fine bubbles, lingering finish, and balanced flavors of citrus, pear, brioche, and minerality. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay
Pol Roger Brut Reserve White Foil NV ($50)
Want to sip like royalty? Select the bubbly that was served at the reception following the nuptials of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge.) Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of the few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. Their delicious White Foil thrills the palate with beautifully balanced acidity, creaminess, and hints of toasty brioche. 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier
Champagne Éric Taillet Egali'T Brut ($37)
Grape grower and Champagne producer Éric Taillet is not yet a household name but I'm certain that is about to change. A relative newcomer to the US market, Eric crafts expressive Champagnes that exude elegance and energy. The name of his Egali'T Brut is inspired by the equal proportions of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay in the blend. Each sip showcases a delicious balance of fruit, minerality, and acidity!
Champagne Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Brut Tradition ($44.99)
For generations, mothers and daughters, have led the house of Champagne Marion-Bosser and the tradition continues with the team of Bernadette and Elodie Marion. This impeccably structured Champagne is full-bodied yet graceful with lovely fruit and mineral flavors. 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Please note that all prices are approximate. Cheers!