I love champagne both as an aperitif and to celebrate special occasions. New Year's Eve, possibly the biggest champagne occasion on the calendar got me thinking about which ones I like and it turns out I have 7 favorite champagnes.
Quick tips to a successful Champagne purchase - from Eric Asimov's Best Champagne shopping List, New York Times
Blanc de Blanc Champagne - translates to white from white and is made solely from chardonnay grapes and tends to have great elegance and finesse
Blanc de Noir - White from black is for champagnes made only of black grapes, often but not always just pinot noir. It's more robust than blanc de blancs and much rarer
Brut - The amount of the dosage determines how dry the Champagne will be. Brut is the most common designation, indicating a wine that can range from 0 - 12 grams of residual sugar per liter, though nowadays most brut are 6 to 10 grams
Extra Brut - indicates a very dry Champagne, with 0 to 6 grams of residual sugar per liter
Extra Dry - paradoxically this indicates a much sweeter Champagne than brut, up to 17 grams residual sugar per liter. Demi-sec is even sweeter.
I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year...we'll continue celebrating the who, what and where of creating my perfect world of style, glamour, elegance and culture in 2017!!
This is one area where I'm very traditional and always stick with the big established champagne producers because of their high quality and consistency. Here are my 7 favorites...