Best Champagne Brands in 2021 | Our Favorite Champagne

There are as many good reasons to pop a bottle of champagne as there are reasons to celebrate: birthdays, holidays, weekends, Fridays... Any time is a good time to sip a little bubbly if you ask us! And while we may be champagne enthusiasts, we can also understand why some people can feel overwhelmed at the options available when you want to pop a cork. Whether you're looking for the right cuvée for gifting or a perfect fizzy sip to celebrate a special occasion, we've made it easy to choose.

Below, find a few of our very favorite bottles that are sure to please every palate!

Our Favorite Champagnes

1. TAITTINGER BRUT LA FRANÇAISE, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

Taittinger is one of just five Champagne houses to cellar its wines in the famous ‘Crayeres’ of Reims – chalk caves originally dug by the Romans. The house owns four kilometres of Crayeres, nowadays used to age their prestige cuvees.  Taittinger’s history can be traced back to 1734, when it was originally known as Forest-Fourneaux, founded by Jacques Fourneaux who worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. As such, the house is the third oldest Champagne producer in history.

The NV Brut La Française is based on 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, all fermented in stainless steel and blended with 30% of reserve wines. It is a pure, fresh and well-structured Brut, and the persistent finish is clear, fresh and well structured. The reasonable price point makes this ideal for any occasion you might be celebrating!

2. KRUG GRAND CUVÉE, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE, NV

Since 1843, six generations of the Krug Family have been creating the finest and rarest Champagnes. Behind every precious drop of Krug stands the dream of a visionary. One man who, long before others, understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure. So, over 170 years ago, Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision: to create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability. Thanks to an uncompromising craftsmanship, a unique individual plot by plot approach from harvesting to blending, an unparalleled library of 150 reserve wines, and an exceptional cellar aging, Krug is the benchmark when it comes to the best champagnes in the world.

Deep golden color and fine, vivacious bubbles, predicting fullness and elegance. Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, marzipan, gingerbread and citrus fruits. Flavors of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.  This is a champagne worthy of holidays and celebrations...a glass of this and everyone will feel festive!

3. CHAMPAGNE HENRIOT, BLANC DE BLANC, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE, NV

Founded in Reims in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the few remaining family-owned houses with over two hundred years of independence. Over the years, the house has cultivated an audacious approach and a distinctive, luminous style of its own, guided by the pursuit of the purest expression of Chardonnay.  The Henriot family’s strong relationship with Cellar Master Laurent Fresnet and partner growers is essential in creating each Henriot cuvée and maintaining its uncompromising quality standards. With the use of an exceptionally high proportion of reserve wines, as well as predominantly Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, Champagne Henriot produces a distinguishable freshness and quality in each cuvée.

Sparkling, crystalline pale gold with slight green highlights. Abundant effervescence, with fine, delicate bubbles. Pure, concentrated and expressive, with floral (honeysuckle, orange flower, linden), fruity (lemon, dried apricot, almond) and pastry aromas, followed by spicy notes. The attack is dynamic, full and powerful, with aromas of lightly toasted brioche, quince jelly, and acacia honey. The clean, delicious finish develops on a light menthol note and shows excellent length.  This champagne is lovely as an apertif or with light seafood dishes.

4.  RUINART BRUT ROSÉ, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE, NV

The world’s first champagne house has been a symbol of French art de vivre since it was founded in 1729. For nearly 300 years, Maison Ruinart has passed down time-honored savoir-faire through generations, supporting local craftsmanship and showcasing artistic talent while remaining firmly committed to continuous innovation. Engaged with the major challenges of its time, Ruinart is deeply committed to protecting the environment.

Grapes for the Brut Rosé are harvested by hand and fermented in temperature-regulated, stainless steel vats. The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation process and is dosed at 6 g of sugar per litre. The high proportion of chardonnay (45%) gives the champagne its elegance and a fresh, aromatic quality. Its drinkability and fruitiness come from the pinot noir grapes, following a short maceration and very gentle extraction process. This rosé has a beautiful pomegranate pink colour with a subtle orange shimmer. Its nose suggests the delicious aromas of red berries and exotic fruit. This champagne is suitable both as an aperitif and throughout a meal.  The vibrant pink color and beautiful bottle make it suitable for gift giving or celebrating a special event with someone you love.

5. J. LASALLE CACHET D'OR BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE, NV

Three generations of women preside over this Champagne house, in the village of Chigny-Les-Roses, comprised of 11 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards. The Cachet d'Or is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in equal parts, aged for 36 months on the lees before disgorgement. The wine has a giving, fruit-forward style and is an easy drinking and ultra-affordable alternative to the more ubiquitous brands that shall go unnamed.

There's an almost airy feel to this vibrant Champagne, which carries a concentrated range of juicy pear and black raspberry fruit, with hints of crystallized honey. Shows gingersnap biscuit and verbena flavors on the chalky texture, gaining momentum on the racy, zesty finish. This is an attractive entry-level champagne that you can feel good opening just because!

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