9 Top Champagnes

Great bottles of the real deal


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9 Top Champagnes Yes, we’re talking about the real thing, sparkling wine from Champagne, France. And while I’m willing to go for the real thing, a man’s got to know his limitations. 

For New Year’s Eve, when I’m sharing my bubbly with friends and friends to be among other people, going for the real thing means plenty of affordable, non-vintage brut. 

Let’s face it, there’s no need to splurge for the best when we’re sharing wines with a large group. Heck I’ll be drinking with my family and they’ll be the first to tell you that breaking out something really great would be lost, or worse, on them.

The great wines are not necessarily great because they are friendly or easy to drink, and frankly those two things are what I’m looking for on New Year’s Eve! While I couldn’t taste many non-vintage bruts this year, this smattering of a selection offers a pretty wide variety of styles and some seriously quaffable wines to welcome in the New Year with!

I hope you find the wine of your dreams this New Years. Let me know if you do, or if you don’t!

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  • Greg-
    For those of us who do not live in NYC, how about rating the Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Mumms Mouton Rouge and a few other personal favorites? In reading your column, I did not find some of my common choices even mentioned. I like to learn, but if you don't give me a solid reference frame, I am disappointed. I'm fine with your Bollinger, Taittinger, Laurent Perrier ratings. Perhaps, I expect too much and these are enough for a good comparison. Happy New Year.

    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

  • Dear friends & family,

    Another great article, on some outstanding price quality Champagnes, for your New Year celebration !


    Dec 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM

  • Snooth User: spicycurry
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    No grower Champagnes?

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

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