Any celebration is a very good reason to pop a fine bottle of bubbly champagne. Weekends, parties, birthdays, holidays, weddings, dates, anniversaries – you can find a perfect bottle for every event.
However, there are too many options and an unexperienced person can feel overwhelmed, confused and consequently make a wrong choice. Whether you want to pop a cork and celebrate an achievement, anniversary or birthday; or you would like a perfect sip on a date, I have some useful tips for you. Below you can find a list of my favorite champagne brands, which will surely please every palate as well.
The history of this brand started back in 1743. It is one of the most famous and loved brands in the world, you can even see it on-screen in such well-known movies as Pretty Woman and The Great Gatsby. Moët&Chandon champagne features bright acidity, roasted nuts flavor. It is ideally served with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
Best for parties, bridal showers, engagement celebrations.
Named after the widow (“veuve” in French) Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, who was running the business after her husband’s death and brought it to the completely new level. This champagne is highly recognizable with its iconic yellow label, which also makes it very “instagrammable”. Veuve Clicquot has very rich, well-balanced and toasty flavors and is the best choice for a romantic dinner. I also think that Veuve is the perfect option to celebrate success and achievements of your business.
Classic, vintage and prestigious cuveé of the Moët&Chandon Champagne house, made from the best grapes. It is the choice of many celebrities and royalty. Dom Pérignon was the Champagne of choice for the royal wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. It is dry and has flavors of toasted bread, honey, biscuits and citrus. Dom Perignon can be a good memorable gift for weddings, special occasions or anniversaries.
Lautent-Perrier Champagne House was founded in 1812. They were the first to produce non-dosage (sugar-free) Champagne. Laurent-Perrier is famous for its lightness, delicacy and elegance, mostly known for its rosé Champagne. It has citrus, apple, honey and floral notes. The best apéritif and perfect choice for a Birthday party.
Tattinger Champaigns contain the high proportion of Chardonnay and actually it is their hallmark. Their Champaings are flawless and can boast of its consistent quality and elegance. You can smell brioche notes and taste hints of fruits and honey. Tattinger is lighter and smoother than Moët&Chandon which makes it appropriate for many kinds of events. However, it is associated by many people with the New Year’s Eve.
Choose this one if you want to feel like a royal. William and Kate, Meghan and Harry had Pol Roger as the official Champagne at their weddings. Along with that, Pol Roger is the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s II and also Winston Churchill’s favorite Champagne. With fruit aroma; honey, vanilla and white jasmine taste hints, Pol Roger is the perfect royal-approved apéritif.
The Champagne for gentlemen, the choice of James Bond. Organic and traditional, Bollinger has a quality-control of grapes they use, so you can be sure your Champagne contains only the best of them. Famous for its complexity and full-bodied style, this Champagne is perfect for such official occasions as Black Tie events.
Founded back in 1858, Pommery is the best-selling non-vintage Champagne. It is light in body and has very refreshing taste, perfect as an apéritif. Greatly balanced, with apple, citrus and vanilla hints in aroma and flavor, Pommery pairs well with fish and oysters. The best drink for family reunions.
The key principle of Krug is quality, this Champagne is prestigious and outstanding. Joseph Krug, the founder, wanted his customers to experience absolute pleasure at all times, regardless of the annual differences of harvest and climate. These high standards are supported to the present day and nowadays you can also feel Krug’s remarkable taste. This Champagne is quite expensive, good for very special events and specially appreciated by Champagne connoisseurs.
Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac or “Ace of Spades” is owned by Jay-Z. It is known as very luxurious Champagne and usually served in fancy bars and restaurants all around the world. The mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir makes the Champagne complex, full-bodied, strong and rich-flavored. Best choice for fancy parties late at night.
All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne is sparkling wine which is made exclusively in the Champagne region in France. It also has to meet the Appellation d’Origine Controlée standards. All other sparkling wines can’t be called Champagne, the name is protected by EU law.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.