More than 360 million glasses of champagne and other sparkling wines are consumed on New Year’s Eve. Yet, which is the best one for you? Regardless of whether you need to binge on imported bubbly or go with an economical yet delightful option, you can’t turn out badly with one of these bottles when the clock strikes midnight.
With a chic container and moderate value point, Chloe Prosecco functions admirably as a leader gift or for stocking up your arsenal for a New Year’s Eve bash. It’s light and fruity, with notes of peach and green apple, and its decent acidity makes it perfect to combine with cheese.
2014 Domaine Carneros Brut by Taittinger
Founded in 1987 by French wine family Taittinger, Domaine Carneros uses customary methods of Champagne generation with a California twist—sustainable, eco-friendly cultivating and harvesting. The prominent 2014 Domaine Carneros Brut by Taittinger has a tart minerality appropriate for all the shrimp cocktail being passed around on New Year’s Eve.
Exton Park Brut Non Vintage
England, a once-ignored region for sparkling wine, is presently rising in the ranks thanks to the ongoing royal wedding. English sparkling wines are created from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes (the same as Champagne), fundamentally in southern England around Kent, a region with temperatures slightly cooler than France’s Reims region. A pleasant intermediate choice, the Exton Park Brut NV is a splendid, refreshing wine that can be served as an aperitif, or paired with lighter fare like salmon or chicken.
Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rosé 2006
In the past barely any years, rosé has developed from an über-trendy summer staple to a wine bar mainstay standing its ground against red and white. (In France, it’s even eclipsed sales of white wine.) An all the more dominant potable, the 2006 Bollinger Brut Rosé is extraordinary to tear open throughout the winter months: Brilliant salmon-pink in the glass, its notes incorporate warm spice, chocolate and mocha, with a delicious finish with notes of mandarin peel and blood orange. Bundled in an eye-catching metal blessing box, its the ideal present for your New Year’s host.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 Limited Legacy Edition
The 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon is a toast to the label’s history: It marks the final vintage of gourmet expert de cavern Richard Geoffroy following a 30-year tenure. It took more time to open up than expected, stoking connoisseurs interest before it finally showed up last fall. The nose is fresh, with traces of lemon zest, trailed by overtones of smoky flint and a fresh finish.