December 31, 2008

What's Poppin' For 2009?

It's hard to believe that yet another year has come and gone. And while this year has left a lasting impression on our hearts and minds, it's also left one on our wallets. Below, we've culled together a list of the best champagnes within all sorts of budgets. Afterall its New Years and everyone deserves a little bubbly.

Tier One ($100+)
  • Perrier-Jouet Cuvee Fleur de Champagne - predominatley made of Chardonnay grapes, this light, almost citrus-like champagne is romantic in both taste and presentation. Even the decidantly artistic bottle exudes a class all its own, so its no wonder that this champagne is noted as one of the worlds best. Cost: $175/bottle
  • Krug Grande CuvĂ©e - this multi-faceted wine combines decadent aromas often not experienced in wine tasting, like that of coconut and leather, with complex tastes of roasted coffee and nuts. Cost: $180/bottle

Tier Two ($50-100)

  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label -- awarded 88 points from Wine Spectator and cost-friendly to your pocket, it's no wonder this champagne is my personal favorite. Predominatley made of the Pinot Noir grape, this champagne boasts almond, honey and ginger flavors. Cost: $40/bottle

  • Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial - known for its White Star Line class, this rose is from the Champagne region of France and blends together Pinor Noir, Pino Meunier and Chardonnay grapes for a full-bodied, lively, yet fruity character. Cost: $50/bottle

  • Taittinger La Francaise Brut - earning 92 points from Wine Spectator, this champagne has been described as a "fine, very pure style." It offers both deep fruit flavors (like apple and pear) that are rich and complex to the palate. Cost: $40/bottle
Tier Three (up to $50)
  • Korbel Extra Brut - you don't have to pay an arm and a lef for good sparkling wine! When the money is low, but the celebration is in order, try this crisp, extra dry variety which is both light, refreshing and easy on the wallet. You'll taste an array of fruits, including citrus cherry, fig and melon. Cost: $10/bottle

  • Pommery 2002 Brut Gold POP Vintage Mini - looking for something classy to sip, but wanting to be a wee bit selfish and dovour to all to yourself? Well, thats my plan! And these super trendy mini champagne bottles will have you looking glamourous as the ball drops at midnight. Contained in a 175mL mini bottle, this bubbly tastes natural on the tongue with touches of creaminess and citrus fruits. Cost: $15/bottle