Top 10 of Champagne


Armand de Brignac Brut Gold: the ace of spades
This prestigious cuvée is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It was awarded 98 points by a panel of prestigious critics, who highlighted its deep golden colour, fine bouquet and capacity to develop “a perfect symphony” in the mouth. Everything is cared for in Armand de Brignac. To take on example: the bottle has been designed by the French fashion house André Courrèges, and highlights the symbol of this amazing creation: an ace of spades.
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Dom Pérignon: classic excellence
Subtly blending Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the expert skill of the best winemakers, this vintage is up-front in the nose and mouth. The bouquet is reminiscent of vegetables, flowers and pepper. It is rounded in the mouth, with hints of anis, ginger and fruit.
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Mumm R. Lalou: in memory of a great man
René Lalou ran Mumm for half a century. In his honour this blend was created using the Pinot Noir grape, which gives a fruity fleshiness, and Chardonnay, for its aromas of white, exotic and citrus fruit.
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4.- Louis Roederer Cristal: bubbles for a tsar
Created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II using Louis Roederer’s 7 best vineyards. It is only produced in years when Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes mature perfectly.
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5.- Égérie de Pannier: the vintage of the 21st century
Pannier claims the title of the first vintage of the century for his creation. The vines produced a champagne with floral touches from Chardonnay and a good structure thanks to the Pinot Noir.
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6.- Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill: in honour of a politician
Robust, with character and relatively mature; this is how Winston Churchill, friend of the Pol Roger family and enthusiast of the cellar’s sparkling wine, liked his champagne. This excellent drink is now produced in his honour, and with his favourite characteristics.
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7.- Dom Pérignon Rosé: luxury and femininity
This legendary cellar has put great care into this rosé version of its champagne, both in its advertising image (associated with luxury and femininity with the model Eva Herzigova and the designer Karl Lagerfeld), and also in the assemblage. Flowers, oranges and wood on the nose, and softness, with a bitter touch in mouth, are its seductive weapons
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8.- Jacquart Blanc de Blancs: total Chardonnay
"Concentrated, aromatic, with a long finish. These are the tasting notes obtained from the Chardonnay variety used for making this ""white of whites”. Exquisitely delicate."
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9.- Roederer Cristal Rosé: fruits and citrus
In 1974, the bicentenary winery Louis Roederer launched this excellent rosé champagne in which there is a perfect assembly of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with oak cask wines.
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10.- Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre: affordable matching
"This ""no vintage"" of Chartogne-Taillet provides an entry to the world of exclusive French champagnes at a reasonable price (around 60 euros). Slightly acid, with touches of green apples and minerals, it is recommended for tasting with a meal."
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