Glamorous Living - Celebrate With My 7 Favorite Champagnes

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!!

Photo from Tony Cenicola New York Times

Photo from Tony Cenicola New York Times

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...

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Reserve NV - a refined champagne

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Reserve NV - a refined champagne

Taittinger Brut non vintage - full bodied, elegant and fresh

Taittinger Brut non vintage - full bodied, elegant and fresh

Taittinger Brut non vintage - understated, toasty

Taittinger Brut non vintage - understated, toasty

Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée

Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée

2007 Louis Rogederer Cristal - top quality, energetic, high-end

2007 Louis Rogederer Cristal - top quality, energetic, high-end

Krug Grand Cuvée - a blend of the house' various vintages

Krug Grand Cuvée - a blend of the house' various vintages

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé 

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé 

Let's not forget the all-important glass and the experts are recommending a white wine glass to preserve the bubbles, instead of a champagne flute with its narrow rim making it difficult to appreciate the aromas;  on the other hand the classic coupe rim is too wide making the bubbles quickly disperse and disappear.  Diagram from Tish Jett...

Let's not forget the all-important glass and the experts are recommending a white wine glass to preserve the bubbles, instead of a champagne flute with its narrow rim making it difficult to appreciate the aromas;  on the other hand the classic coupe rim is too wide making the bubbles quickly disperse and disappear.  Diagram from Tish Jett...