I’m a firm believer that wine drinkers don’t consume Champagne or sparklers from other regions often enough. That said, this is the time of year that people bust open some bubbly, typically on Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
If you’ve got a reason to celebrate, why let the price of a bottle keep you from doing so? Everyone should be able to enjoy the bubbly whenever he or she wants to. Luckily, there are plenty of reasonably priced bottles available that allow you to do so.
Here are 10 Champagnes that you could celebrate with, serve at your holiday parties, or drink with a meal that won’t destroy your budget. Read on for budget-friendly bubbly, and get ready to pop those corks.
A touch of apricot underscores the nose, which leads with lemon ice. The palate is light and mellifluous with delicate layers of peach and hints of yellow apple. The long finish is soft and lush. If you want to sip your Champagne alone, this is a perfect choice.
This wine is a blend of equal parts chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. A potpourri of aromas leap from the nose of this non-vintage brut; candied ginger, clover honey, almond, hazelnut, citrus, and a hint of yeast are the most prominent.
This Champagne was composed from a blend of pinot noir (40 percent), pinot meunier (40 percent), and chardonnay (20 percent). After fermentation and racking, more than 300 wines are tasted to assemble this blend.
Aromas of apple, ginger, and lemon are all part of the gently expressive nose. Orchard fruit flavors are dominant on the palate along with a core of accompanying spices. Bits of brioche and biscuit are present on the lengthy finish along with lemon zest and white pepper spice. This is a terrific example of brut that shines year after year.
This NV Champagne is composed of pinot noir (60 percent), pinot meunier (25 percent), and chardonnay (15 percent). I love the bits of linseed oil and citrus on the nose almost as much as the nuttiness and wisps of flaky biscuit on the palate.
There’s something to be said for being able to find a good product easily. Such is the case here. It’s made up of 50 percent or more pinot noir, insuring a certain structure and firmness. Anjou pear and white peach aromas fill the nose.
Bits of flaky biscuit join a host of fruit notes on the substantial palate. White pepper, savory scone, and more are part of the long finish. This is a great multipurpose Champagne you can welcome people with, celebrate with, or drink all meal long.
De Venoge has been producing this cuvée since 1864. Red cherry and a bit of biscuit light up the nose. Toasted hazelnut, red berry fruits, and hints of tropical fruits are evident on the bright and somewhat juicy palate. Those characteristics are all in play through the above average finish which has nice heft.
This rosé has a particularly gorgeous pink hue that really appeals the moment you pour it. A bouquet of fresh, red berry fruits lights up the stunning nose. The palate is similarly loaded with a mélange of red berry flavors of varying stripes.