The Best Champagnes in the World
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The World’s Finest Champagnes
Champagne has inspired many people over the centuries, and marketing has done a great job at telling us that a fine Champagne is what we need in life, look no further than the quote from Dom Perignon “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”. The truth is he probably never said it at all, but it is a great marketing tactic and these things help sell a luxury Champagne.
What is it about a fine Champagne that fascinates us so much? Is it the wonderful pale gold colour of a luxury Champagne that attracts us? It is the fantastic taste that the great Champagnes houses produce with their top Champagne brands? Or is it that unmistakeable and quite wonderful sound of the pop of a cork when you open your Champagne?
Either way Champagne and just Champagne has this sort of image and popularity. In our opinion there is no better drink in the world, and that is why at Say It With Champers we can say with total confidence that you are buying a top Champagne brand from us.
The chances are that it is a combination of all of the above that makes us love a fine Champagne and why Champagne is so popular. What follows is a list of what we believe are the finest Champagnes in the world.
Top Champagne Brands List
One of the best in terms of a fine Champagne from one of the top Champagne houses is the Clos de Mesnil. The overall score for this luxury Champagne is 96/100 which is a truly remarkable achievement.
This top Champagne house all started off with Joseph Krug, who not only was a talented wine maker but also spoke 3 languages. His career kicked off at the ripe old age of 24 when he started working at the Jacquesson Champagne house. It was some time, at the age of 42 that he decided to take the plunge and go solo and create his own fine Champagne. He was frustrated that a luxury Champagne was dependent on the seasonal weather, so his solution was to keep in store various Champagne reserves which enabled them to sell a blend every year.
At the time this practice was totally revolutionary and set them apart from the competition and helped establish themselves as a top Champagne brand. This fine Champagne comes from a single vineyard and many critics believe it to be one of the best that exists. It is a very expensive Champagne costing roughly £1000 – and the score of 96/100 makes this one the winner.
Some critics desribe the Clos d’Ambonnay as a Pinot Noir version of the Clos du Mesnil. This luxury Champagne is made from a single grape variety and comes from one single vineyard. The overall score of this top Champagne brand is 95/100, and also comes with a hefty price tag of around £2000, so pretty much double the price so a very expensive Champagne indeed. This luxury Champagne is described as having very bold aromas and a very distinctive taste.
The collection Champagne from Krug is one of the top Champagne brands from this great Champagne house, and in a sense gives the old vintages a return to life. The process here is that these fine Champagnes will have spent a good 20 years ageing in the Krug cellars, and then they are repackaged and re-blended.
The overall score of this series of Champagnes stands at an impressive 95/100, and the price of this is around £850, so still not quite a cheap Champagne, although quite a bit cheaper than the other two Krug Champagnes we have reviewed. – 95/100.
This luxury Champagne was created in 1911 by Aime Salon who wanted to shout about Chardonnay based varieties of Champagne. This Salon Champagne is a single cru and of course 100% Chardonnay. The one drawback with this luxury Champagne is that it is only made in the absolute best harvest years, if a particular vintage is not deemed to be a high enough quality, then it simply becomes a Champagne Delamotte. Champagne Delamotte is also well respected as this is in fact the 5th oldest of the Champagne houses in France.
This particular blanc de blancs received an overall score of 95/100 so is a truly remarkable luxury Champagne. The price is relatively reasonable standing at around £500.
Could a list of the best fine Champagnes in the world be taken seriously if a Dom Perignon didn’t appear on the list? Almost certainly not, as this Champagne house produces some top Champagne brands and dates all the way back before many other Champagne houses, back to the 17th Century in fact. nowadays the Dom Perignon brand has modernised somewhat, for example this Champagne house now gets involved in art projects as well as making a luxury Champagne.
Now back to this fine Champagne, the Oenotheque has impressed critics for as long as we can remember, and the average score is an incredible 95/100. Pricewise it is high though at around £800 per bottle.
Those who know a good luxury Champagne will be well aware of the Champagne house Jacquesson, although it is fairly new to the fine Champagne market as it was only founded in 1978, and it was founded by the Chiquet family. The benefit of the modern background is that this is reflected in the look of the bottle too, as you will notice the label is predominantly a black and white colour which has a splattering in the form of a red line to break it up.
The luxury Champagne that Jacquesson produces comes from various plots located in Côte des Blancs and also at Grande Vallée de la Marne. The overall score of this fine Champagne is a fantastic 94/100 and being a reasonably priced £125.
Cristal had to make an appearance as we all know what a great luxury Champagne it is. Louis Roederer dates all the way back to the 18th Century and is still a family business. This Champagne house has a particular focus on the more traditional Champagne blends and has been trying to attain illustrious clients in the past, a good example being the Russian Royal family.
The top Champagne brand Cristal was created some time ago for Tsar Alexander II, and he was so paranoid that he insisted on the bottle being clear in appearance and with a flat bottom so explosives could not be concealed within the fine Champagne. The overall score of this luxury Champagne is a very respectable 94/100 and the price is around £200.
Veuve Champagne are a top Champagne house who have managed to achieve the status of having the only Rosé on the list, a fine achievement from Veuve Clicquot. This Champagne house dates all the way back to 1772, but the transformation of this top Champagne brand occurred when madame Veuve Clicquot took over the business and took it in a new direction.
This luxury Champagne is now owned by the Möet Hennessy group who have worked wonders on this brand as it has become one of the top Champagne brands in the world. This Champagne in particular is indeed rather good as it scored an impressive 94/100 and comes with a respectable £250 price tag.
Now we move onto the world recognised Champagne house Bollinger. This Champagne house started out in 1829 and is known for focussing their attention on fine Champagnes that are predominantly made up of Pinot Noir grapes. The majority of the grapes that they use are grown on their own estate, and the remainder come from various growers who have had long lasting relationships with Bollinger.
The overall score for this luxury Champagne was 94/100 and the price stands around the £200 mark.
The final fine Champagne to make up the list is another Bollinger and is a little bit more expensive than the RD. Certain critics have been so impressed with this particular luxury Champagne that they gave it a perfect score, Jeannie Cho Lee was one such critic. This doesn’t come cheap though and at £600 it may be pricey for some – 93/100.