5 Champagnes for New Year's Ring in the new year with these great champagne choices. BY NATALIE MACLEAN
Pop open the champagne to ring in the new year.
It’s the final countdown, the party’s going great and there’s just one thing left to do before you give your spouse that special kiss. Pop open one of these great champagnes and ring in the new year right.
Rose Brut Non-Vintage Reims, France
The Lanson Rose Label is a blend of three champagne grape varieties: 32% chardonnay, 53% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier. They are vinified in the traditional manner; a small amount of quantity of pinot noir is vinified as red wine which gives the champagne its light salmon color. There are aromas of roses and raspberries on the nose.
$48.95 Score: 90/100
Roederer Estate 25th Anniversary Brut Sparkling Wine Anderson Valley; U.S., California
Want to get a bottle of champagne but don’t want to break the budget? This California gem will satisfy your partygoers delight with its toasty goodness of peaches, pears and green apples.
$29.95 Score: 90/100
1999 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne AC, France
Step it up a notch with this lovely, fresh, toasty champagne with hints of green apples. It also boasts one of the prettiest bottle designs for bubbly and is one of my favorites.
$129.95 Score: 90/100
1998 Pol Roger Chardonnay Brut Champagne Ac, Extra Cuvée De Réserve, France
Another favorite, this champagne has a fantastic warmth, toastiness and yeasty folds of flavor. It boasts aromas of ripe pears and green apple. If you haven't tried vintage-dated champagne, now's the time. Try the shabby-chic combo of bubbly with fried chicken or fish and chips... new vistas of pleasure await you.
$79.95 Score: 92/100
Cristal Brut Champagne (V) France, Champagne; VC
With its aromas of white flowers, apple and hazelnuts, this is the Rolls-Royce of Champagnes. This elegant bubbly is immensely concentrated, full-bodied and silky smooth and demands fine foods like caviar, smoked salmon or tuna tartare. It may also be aged for up to 10 years.
$264.95 Score: 97/100