Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve
In the land of the legendary cocktail party, the ritual of the New Year’s Eve bash is the most highly anticipated of the year… and no beverage pairs better with your celebration than a perfectly bubbly glass of Champagne.
Debating the best Champagne to serve your guests as you ring in 2019? Don’t fret; we asked The Breakers’ Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to share her favorite sips…
Heidsieck and Co. Monopole “Rosé Top”, Reims, France, NV
Florent-Louis Heidsieck founded his own Champagne house in 1785, making it one of the oldest Champagne houses. A blend of approximately 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, this bubbly has fresh aromas of strawberry and raspberry with crisp minerality on the finish.
Voirin Jumel “Cramant”, Premier Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, NV
A focused, delicate Champagne composed of 100% Chardonnay, this wine displays notes of poached lemon peel, apricot, hazelnut, and honey-dusted brioche.
And if you’re looking to splurge for that special someone…
Cuvée Dom Pérignon, Épernay, France, 2009
Made from a combination of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, this elegant and dry wine has overtones of lemon, Granny Smith apple and a hint of biscuits and toast.
Louis Roederer “Cristal”, Reims, France, 2008
This prestige cuvée was originally made for Tsar Nicolas II, the last Emperor of Russia. This Champagne, known for its finesse and elegance, is made from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from grapes grown in some of the most legendary Grand Cru Vineyards of the region. It needs to age several years before being enjoyed.
Cheers to a wonderful 2019!