Good or bad, the time has come to shake off the memories and events of 2019. We can feel it: 2020 is going to be a year of good health, prosperity and joy for us all! So how do we ring in a new year? With a Champagne toast, of course! Bringing a bottle of great Champagne to a New Year’s Eve party is a longstanding tradition – Champagne makers have been marketing the wine as an essential part of the New Year’s celebration since the early 1800s. It’s said that as the cork pops and the Champagne overflows from the bottle, it symbolically represents the abundance of hope and joy in the new year. But what is the best Champagne for New Year’s Eve?
The Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve
When it comes to choosing the most delicious and exciting brands of Champagne for New Year’s Eve, the labels, terms and price points can seem a little daunting at first. But fear not! First, check out this absolutely awesome guide to bubbly – a great crash course on the confusing (and very broad) world of Champagne and other sparkling wines. Next, keep reading to explore some of our favorite Champagne recommendations to toast on New Year’s Eve.
Bearing the namesake of the Montmorency cherry, the light straw color of this soft-bodied Brut Cuvée boasts delicate aromas of cherry blossom, honey and buttered brioche. On the palate, flavors of sweet peach, apple and white cherries complement the flinty finish.
Exuberant bubbles and a brilliant, golden color testify to the vibrancy of this Champagne. Lush aromas of ripe peach, apricot and pineapple cascade from the glass, chased by hints of vanilla and caramel, yeast, dried fruit and honey. One sip and Mumm Grand Cordon unleashes intense, complex flavors of fresh fruit and caramel that morph into a long, lingering finish.
A luxurious, world-famous Champagne that boasts soft white-fruit aromas of peaches and pears and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy mid-palate segues to a clean, crisp finish ideal for sipping with a decadent truffle course or raising to toast a new year.
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Fine, even and lively sparkle. Complex and intense bouquet disclosing candied citrus, yellow fruit, Williams pear, pollen, and toasted almond. The delicately seductive bouquet shows intensity and well-honed precision. This wine’s energy has been tamed by an unusually long period of bottle ageing: Cristal 2008 was in fact aged for 10 years before its release on the market. A first!
La Grande Dame, the prestige of Veuve Clicquot was created in tribute to Madame Clicquot. An elegant Champagne, powered by a sculpted frame of acidity and minerality, this wears the refined, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toast and marzipan like finely tailored clothing.
Produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the finest growths and vineyards, Dom is created only in years in which the harvest is precisely suitable. Fragile, timeless, and immeasurably enjoyable with aromas of almond, powdered cocoa, and dried flowers leading to a precise, chiseled palate.
Check out the rest of our Champagne options here! No matter which bottle of bubbly you choose, we promise it’ll be the life of the party.
What’s your favorite Champagne?