Splurging on Champagne should ultimately be enjoyable, but its premium price tag can be intimidating. To help make sure you surrender your hard-earned cash for the right bottle, we’ve compiled a list of the best Champagnes to buy right now, whether your special occasion splurge is less than $40 or well over $100
The bottles on this list range from classic blends made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier; to sparkling rosés and blanc de blancs. Prices stretch from less than $40 for entry-level, non-vintage bubbles, to over $100 for premium vintage offerings and prestige cuvees.
All bubbles were tasted non-blind by VinePair staff and a group of trusted industry professionals. Because we taste wines regularly, and sipping Champagne should be an evergreen experience, we continually update this ranking. That means we regularly add new bottles, but also, occasionally, have to remove previous favorites whose current releases don’t match up to prior incarnations.
Here is VinePair’s list of the best Champagnes to buy right now, last updated on February 5, 2020.
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A pleasant herbaceous quality mingles with green apple and lemon zest on the nose of this youthful Champagne. The palate is light but has a good concentration of green fruit flavors. Its finish is crisp with a faint mineral texture. (Added bonus: It was/is served at the Oscars.) Average price: $44.
Sotheby’s launched its value-driven line of “Own Label Collection” wines in 2019. The auction house’s non-vintage blanc de blancs offers a lean, zesty, fruit-forward introduction to the Champagne category, and works perfectly as an aperitif. Average price: $37
Champagne and oysters is one of the world’s great food and wine combos. The salty, sea spray aromas and zingy lemon character of this bottle make it the perfect option for that pairing. If you’re not shucking bi-valves, however, the fresh-fruit core and rich finish of this wine ensure it drinks more than just fine on its own. Average price: $49.
Offering everything you expect from a quality Champagne, this wine has delicate fruit notes, a seasoning of freshly baked pastries, and a luxurious, velvety mousse. The finish, meanwhile, lands a tingling, mineral-rich sensation. Average price: $45.
Delamotte’s brut non-vintage stunned our tasters with its power and complexity — especially at such a relatively humble price point. The aromas mix bready notes with fresh citrus fruit, while the palate is all about lively green apples and a mouthwatering finish. Average price: $45.
While not the most complex bottle on this list, Veuve Clicquot Brut delivers consistent value for money, even with the house boasting the second-largest production of any Champagne brand. This wine is reliably rich and balanced, and delivers the classic Champagne mix of toasted brioche and racy green fruit. Average Price: $55.
There’s a nice interaction between fruit and parmesan rind on the nose of this wine. The palate is lively and fresh, with electric acidity that stimulates the appetite and keeps you coming back for sip after sip. Perfect as an aperitif or served with light, delicate salads. Average price: $51.
Everything about this wine is luxurious. On the nose, there’s fruit, creamy notes, freshly baked bread, and toasted, salted nuts. On the palate, there’s lemon pith, vanilla, and a saline mineral backbone. Bubbles are vibrant and refreshing, cleansing the palate and leaving a fresh citrus flavor. Average price: $59.
This esoteric rosé Champagne serves a generous range of aromas and flavors. On the nose are tart strawberries, parmesan rind, and a slightly meaty, umami note. The bubbles are fine but lively, and the palate has a fruity profile defined by red cherry and raspberry, and hints of lemon. Average price: $67.
Elegant and delicate, this rosé Champagne is fruit-forward, offering a spectrum of dark and red berry aromas, while the palate dials up the ripeness of the berries, and throws in a range sweet baking spices. Fragrant rose petals linger on the perfumed finish. Average price: $70.
A textbook rosé Champagne, this wine is rich and soft, with ripe red berry aromas and flavors. There are hints of minerality on the palate, some creamy notes, and a great depth of fruit character. Perfect for rosé lovers and Champagne fans alike. Average price: $65.
This Champagne promises to impress wine geeks on every level, from its complex flavors to its detailed label, listing provenance of grapes (Premier Cru village Grauves), dosage levels, and disgorgement date. The aromas are rich and toasty, while the palate mixes fresh green fruit with a seasoning of vanilla. This is stunning Champagne. Average price: $60
From the first-established Champagne house (est. 1729) arrives this vibrant, expressive blanc de blancs Champagne. Sweet lemon, jasmine, and green apple aromas belie its crisp, bone-dry palate. The upbeat acidity creates tension against the wine’s silky effervescence, but everything comes together wonderfully on the finish. Average price: $70.
Delamotte’s 2012 Blanc de Blancs is a bonafide rarity. A vintage Champagne priced under $100 is hard to come by, and this current release from this small, historical producer guarantees extensive bottle age and a story in a bottle. That tale is one of nuanced mineral notes, fresh-fruit character, and just the right amount of toasty and yeasty notes. This is a crowd-pleasing all-rounder. Average price: $96.
This is a serious Champagne that justifies its steep price tag for those looking to splurge. As with all editions of Krug’s Grand Cuvée, the house’s 168th bottling is all about richness, depth, and complexity. It’s highly expressive on both the nose and palate, with aromas of dried lemon peel and candied ginger, and flavors of toasted nuts, brioche, and honey. Average Price: $180.
If you’re looking to discover the definition of harmony and grace in a wine, turn to this bottle. The nose offers a distinctive mix of white flowers, stone fruit, and citrus notes. The palate is extremely well-balanced, delivering equal servings of fresh green apples, creamy lemon curd, and toasty sourdough crust. Its profile is simultaneously rich and refreshing, while the finish is crisp but everlasting. Average Price: $153.