With all alcohol seeming to have its own day (not that we’re complaining), it was inevitable that the liquid that represents luxury and glamour claimed a day all its own. To celebrate the wines from this exclusive French wine Region, Friday October 19th is World Champagne Day! Or as we like to call it: the best day of the year.
So to prepare for this luxurious day, here is a hand selected list of some of the top Champagnes to raise a toast and sip on one of life’s guilty pleasures.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
A brand started by one of the most famous women in Champagne Barb Nicholl Ponsardin, or the Widow Clicquot, in 1772 this is Veuve Clicquot’s largest selling wine. Flavours of pear and red delicious apples, followed by brioche and cashews, this Champagne never disappoints.
Soak in the views with a glass of Veuve Clicquot ($23) at the Hennessy Rooftop bar.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Rose
From the world’s largest Champagne Maison, it’s time to delve into the world of rose. Fresh Citrus flavours lead into Juicy red fruits of fresh Raspberry and redcurrant. Don’t be confused by the colour though, this wine is dry and refreshing.
You can enjoy this by the glass (as well as other premium drops) at Hilton Adelaide’s Champagne Hour in the Lobby Bar. It’s on 4-6pm daily. Happy hour that goes for two hours? We’ll drink to that.
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc
From the Oldest Champagne house in France started in 1729, this is a wine for the Chardonnay lovers out there. Fresh, vibrant citrus flavours housed in the original clear and identically shaped bottle as it was first released in, Champagne lovers have kept this one a secret from you for too long.
Get a taste of this best kept secret at 2KW Bar & Restaurant at $70 for half a bottle or $170 for a full bottle (you know you want to).
Charles Hiedsieck Brut Reserve Non-Vintage
A Maison founded by a free spirited, smooth talking entrepreneur in 1851, the Brut Reserve has flavors of red plums and ripe cherries and a velvety creamy finish.
Veuve Clicquot 2008 Vintage
2008 was one of the greatest vintages of the 2000’s in Champagne, and this wine doesn’t disappoint. Full bodied and lively with hints of lightly Candied Citrus moving to delicate toasted notes and dried fruits, this is the perfect champagne to match with food, or to sit and enjoy on its own.
Bollinger Rose 2006 Vintage
This one will need to be searched out. A brilliant salmon-pink colour, followed by subtle aromas of warm tabacco and coffee on the nose. On the Palate, it is full bodied and with a fresh finish of blood orange and mandarin peel.
Dom Perignon 2009 Vintage
One of the most famous champagnes and for good reason. Named after the Godfather of Champagnes, Dom Pierre Perignon, this champagne is only released in the most exceptional years sourcing its wines from the best vineyards in champagne. Fresh and powerful with a beautiful minerality.
And to celebrate World Champagne Day the right way, head on over to East End Cellars, who are now pouring this rare Dom Perignon wine by the glass for $60 a flute.
Krug Grande Cuvee
When price is no object, it’s time to go to Krug. This is one of the most prestigious Champagne houses in all of Champagne. The craftsmanship of these wines are second to none. Rich, toasty flavours are stunningly balanced with light acid and dried fruits.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve
When you drink Pol Roger, you drink like royalty. Located in the town of Épernay in the Champagne region, the brand is still owned and run by the descendants of Pol Roger. Brut Réserve is quintessential Pol, pristine, clean, balanced, tight, laced with fresh lemon and almond notes, yet refreshingly restrained.
À votre santé! (Cheers!)
Special thanks to Champagne expert Brett Baker for the fabulous insight.