It has been described as “perfume going in, sewer coming out.” Still, this sparkling
wine is one of the most sought-after drinks in times of celebration. Here is a list of
the top 10 most sold bottles of champagne.
10. Champagne Philipponnat, 2003 Clos des Goisses Brut
In 1935, Pierre Philipponnat purchased the vineyard called the Clos des Goisses.
The vineyard was so productive that it allowed for the production of the first
champagne culled from a single vineyard. The 2003 vintage of the brand is made
up of a blend of 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay. It resulted
into a full blooded sparkling wine. The fruit, spice and mineral flavors are blended
together well and it is complemented by a real vibrant acidity. A bottle of Champagne
Philipponnat, 2003 Clos des Goisses Brut will cost only $140.
9. Champagne Laurent Perrier, Grand Siecle
The bottle for the Champagne Laurent Perrier reminds a champagne connoisseur of
the Great Century of King Louis XIV. The Grand Siecle’s vintage is of different years,
as it is sourced from 12 of the 17 vineyards of Grand Cru situated in the region. It
has an equal blend of Pinot Noir grapes and Chardonnay and features the aroma of
honey, brioche and almond that leaves a full bodied feeling in the mouth. A bottle of
Champagne Laurent Perrier, Grand Siecle costs just $150.
8. Champagne Ruinart, Dom Ruinart 2002
Champagne Ruinart is the oldest established house of champagne, having been
established in 1729. The uncle of the founder was a Benedictine monk named
Dom Ruinart. This champagne was named after him, with the 2002 vintage being
taken entirely from Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes. The golden champagne has
citrus and tropical fruit flavors with some minerality to complete the taste. A bottle of
Champagne Ruinart, Dom Ruinart 2002 costs only $150.
7. Champagne Veuve Clicquot, 2004 La Grande Dame
Veuve Clicquot is the widow of Francois Clicquot, the son of Philippe Clicquot who is
the founder of the company. It is one of the few brands of champagne that has been
named after a woman. Veuve was able to inherit a large, diversified organization.
She decided to concentrate on the champagne business. The 2004 vintage of La
Grande Dame is made up mostly of Pinot Noir. It emits a complex combination of
floral and peach aromas. The taste has chalk minerality and leaves a full bodied
feeling in the mouth and palate. A bottle of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, 2004 La
Grande Dame costs $150.
6. Champagne Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon 2003
It is probably the first prestige cuvee in the world. Dom Pierre Perignon was a
Benedictine monk from the 17th to 18th centuries who invented several techniques
in making wines. A bottle was named after him in 1936 and only 38 vintages have been released since then. The 2003 vintage is notable for its bright floral smell complemented by a lemon and orange zest taste. A bottle of Champagne Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon 2003 costs $160.
5. Champagne Charles Heidsieck, 1995 Blanc des Millenaires
Charles Heidsick, also known as Champagne Charlie, was a colorful character in
the 19th century United States. He traveled around the country during the height of
the Civil War and was even imprisoned for a time in a Union prison. He then settled
in Denver, Colorado. The 1995 vintage of Blanc des Millenaires comes from 100
percent Chardonnay. It was then allowed to age and develop for 15 years. The result
is a champagne with soft lemon taste and hints of vanilla and caramel, even as it
is enveloped by the smell of dried fruits and nuts. A bottle of Champagne Charles
Heidsieck, 1995 Blanc des Millenaires costs $185.
4. Champagne Taittinger, 2005 Comtes de Champagne Rose
The Champagne Taittinger boasts of a bottle that reminds one of a bulb. The bottle
features a seal from the Comtes de Champagne, believed to be Theobald I of
Navarre, who lived in the first half of the 13th century. It was Theobald I who brought
the first Chardonnay cuttings to France. The crusading knight had come from the
land of Cyprus. This particular vintage has a blend that features 70 percent of Pinot
Noir and 30 percent of Chardonnay. It has a full red berry flavor with hints of violet
and pear. A bottle of Champagne Taittinger, 2005 Comtes de Champagne Rose
3. Champagne Perrier Jouet, 2004 Belle Epoque Rose
This champagne comes in a stylish and elegant bottle designed with Japanese
anemones. It serves as the perfect introduction to the floral aroma of the champagne
inside the bottle. The 2004 vintage of Belle Epoque Rose has a unique combination
of taste derived from the flavors of pomegranate, blood orange and strawberry.
These came out from the blend made up of Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes and a
bit of Pinot Noir. The result is a crispy feeling in the mouth. A bottle of Champagne
Perrier Jouet, 2004 Belle Epoque Rose costs $270.
2. Champagne Armand de Brignac, Ace of Spades Rose
Champagne Armand de Brignac spells out class all the way. The champagne comes
in a shiny black case so that it could be stashed away for safekeeping properly.
Inside the box is a pink bottle that has an impressive blend of sparkling white wine
and still Pinot Noir. The result of this blend is champagne with a beautiful rose color.
The smell of strawberry and black currant is distinctive and it will continue to haunt
the drinker long after he is done. A bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac, Ace of
Spades Rose costs around $475.
1. Champagne Krug, 1998 Clos d’Ambonnay
This is the finest offering from Champagne Krug. It is made entirely from Pinot Noir
grapes gathered from the Clos d’ Ambonnay vineyard. It was then allowed to age in the cellar for a period of 12 years. The flavors may be complex, but they are refined and well integrated, blending up the tastes of blackberry, raspberry, licorice and red currant. A bottle of Champagne Krug, 1998 Clos d’ Ambonnay costs $2,200.