Champagne

  • France

Champagne, the Ultimate Mood Enhancer

The effervescence of Champagne signals the mood is light and festive. Whether you serve it in a flute, coupe, or tulip glass, a great Champagne can reliably brighten any occasion.

When you have so many wonderful options, the only challenge is in choosing just one.

One strategy is to select from the very top producers who reliably craft the rarest and most desirable vintage Champagnes. The 2004 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose offers exuberant fruit delicately balanced with a touch of minerality. While the 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs has a gentle zest with notes of pear and melon and a hint of sweetness.

If you're looking for a memorable Champagne to drink now or any time through the next decade or more may we suggest the formidable 2000 Krug Brut or the 2002 Salon, which may be as close to perfection as is possible.

Still, there are many we simply can't wait to drink. The tiny aromatic bubbles, citrus and floral of NV Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blancs mark the height of elegance. Ruinart, the oldest house of Champagne established in 1729, offers a prestige cuvée Blanc de Blanc with hints of toasted almonds and a pure, lasting finish.

Finally, we love the hand-crafted wines of Jacques Selosse—robust, well-balanced, delightfully aromatic—they always prove irresistible.