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The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year’s Eve

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The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's Eve

We can hardly believe it: It’s almost New Year’s Eve. Where did 2016 go?!

Rather than reflecting on all of the goals we didn’t accomplish, the weight we didn’t lose, and the resolutions that we (of course) didn’t keep, we’re grabbing a bottle of bubbles and toasting to all the great things to come in 2017. While we always advocate for affordable bottles of anything, we’re taking NYE as an opportunity to splurge on ourselves and grab a glass (or many) of the real deal — true Champagne from one of our favorite French regions. We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite picks for a range of price points. We’ll cheers to that!

Under $50

Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveThe Champagne house Besserat de Bellefon has been creating quality handcrafted Champagne for over 150 years. Cuvée des Moines (“cuvée of monks,” literally) is named after the honorary monks who began the Champagne-making tradition many years back. This affordable non-vintage Champagne is a steal for the price, and definitely comes alive with hors d’oeuvres. Average Price: $48

Laurent Perrier Brut

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveOut of the better-known Champagne names, Laurent Perrier will give you some of the best bang for your buck. Crisp and fresh, the wine bursts with flavors of citrus and white stone fruit. The balance between acidity and fruit makes the Champagne a great accompaniment to fish dishes and chicken. Average Price: $40

Taittinger Brut La Francaise

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveAmong non-vintage Champagnes, Taittinger is a consistently solid choice. Crafted with 40 percent Chardonnay, the wine is set apart from its other NV counterparts. Immediate pressing, cold fermenting, and four years of lees aging result in a delicate, yeasty flavor profile with a long-lasting finish. One of our favorites. Average Price: $49.99

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveA grand cru blanc de blancs Champagne of such complexity deserves a much higher price tag than this bottle sells for. Buttery toast on the nose follows over to a balanced palate of brioche and green apple. The soft, creamy mousse lends to a delicate, irresistible finish. A must-try. Average Price: $46

Midrange

Marie-Noelle Ledru Grand Cru Extra Brut

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveThis intensely rich, Pinot Noir-dominant Champagne provides complex richness and strong acidity. It can cut through fish-based dishes or white meat, but it’s also delicate enough on the palate to stand on its own without food. The wines ferment in steel, then undergo lees aging for three to six years, followed by disgorgement that Marie-Noelle does by hand herself! Average Price: $70

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveCharles Heidsieck Brut is a classic among Champagne lovers. Crafted with (nearly) equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier from top crus in the region, the palate is full and fruit forward, leading to a toasty, grainy finish. Three years of aging gives way to the complex flavor profile of this delicious bubbly. Average Price: $69

Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2009

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveDeutz has been creating elegant Champagnes since 1838, covering 42 hectares of land and selecting only the finest grapes for its cuvées. Its vintage Blanc de Blancs, made from 100 percent Chardonnay, uses grapes harvested from the Cotes des Blancs, with 80 percent of grapes coming from premier or grand cru vineyards. Grapes are hand-harvested, pressed, and aged for three years on the lees, creating elegant aromas of fresh flowers and fruit, with a crisp, mineral-driven palate. Average Price: $75

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveThis highly powerful blanc de blancs, composed of 100 percent Chardonnay grown in premier cru vineyards, shows strong, concentrated aromas of yellow stone fruit and toast, with a fleshy palate of white peach and brioche, making way for a vibrant, elegant finish. Average Price: $80

Splurge

Krug Grande Cuvée

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveKrug creates its Grand Cuvée with precision and elegance, crafting a blend of over 120 wines from at least 10 different vintages. A fresh palate of light apple, sweet spice, and hazelnut coats the mouth, enhanced by tangy citrus flavors and fine bubbles. Perfect either for aging or for sipping now — a true luxury. Average Price: $190

Pierre Peters Cuvée Speciale “Les Chetillons” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

The 10 Best Bottles Of Champagne For New Year's EveThis luxury cuvée is crafted from three parcels of 40- to 70- year-old vines, creating terroir- driven wines of quality and excellence. The nose presents strong aromas of white flowers and almond, carrying over to a palate of crisp apple and hazelnut. Creamy and complex, this is a pure expression of the terroir of Le Mesnil sur Oger terroir, promising to please even the most difficult of palates. Average Price: $134

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