Just mentioning the word “Champagne” on New Year’s Eve and you will elicit an enthusiastic, and celebratory response from all in earshot. For centuries champagne has been synonymous with a good time. Thus, there is no more appropriate drink on New Year’s Eve than a glass of the bubbly.
Here we have rounded together some of our favorite champagnes and sparkling wines for every taste and budget. And if you are looking to pick up a couple bottles, we recommend you check out Bottles, the best locally owned and operated beverage superstore in Charleston.
(Tasting Notes: Dry and Citrusy)
Technically, Segura Viudas is classified as a cava, rather than a champagne. However, with a price under $10, it is a great choice for those on a budget. Champagne is more acidic, so many people prefer cavas and proseccos. This is due to their fruitier taste from being grown in warmer climates like Italy and Spain.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied, smooth, fruity
This champagne is made under the Roederer house. Hence, the result is a glass of bubbly that tastes a lot more expensive than it costs.
Pehu Simonet Brut Rose: $38
Tasting Notes: fruity, crisp, raspberry flavors
Comprised of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this champagne has a rose color and tastes of tart red fruit.
Tasting Notes: Dry, crisp, apples, green pear
The Champagne Peters house has been producing champagne for over six generations. Thus, the result is a perfectly balanced champagne with a powerful and sharp fruit flavor. And it blends spectacularly well with fish and oysters.
Louis Roederer Cristal: $170
Tasting Notes: Complex and balanced. Green pear, raspberry, lemon, biscuit, honey. Light spice. Creamy finish
When most people think of Cristal an image of Puff Daddy or a flashy club may appear. Cristal truly is an incredible wine while the price point is high and the brand has now become associated with opulence. Developing champagne is extremely labor intensive with high production costs and with Cristal, the price is warranted. So, if you’ve ever considered splurging on Cristal, New Year’s in Charleston is an excellent excuse.
Napoleon once said that In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it. So no matter how your year went, a glass of Champagne on New Year’s Eve is always appropriate.