Eight Grand Champagnes for Toasting and Beyond

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
December 17, 2007

It is no secret that champagne stands by me every step of the way in life. I drink it to relax, pair it with my meals (with no exclusion in terms of courses or cuisine), and write up ones that inspire me. Here is a small pool of champagnes with distinct styles and flair that I highly recommend:

1. Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ
(Astor Wines & Spirits, 212-674-7500; $36)

2. Champagne Moutardier Cuvée Etoile
(Wine Messenger, 1-800-760-3960; $49)

3. François Bedel Entre Ciel et Terre
(Sip Fine Wine, 718-638-6105; $60)

4. 1998 Henriot Brut Millésimé
(Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, 212-838-9285; $80)

5. 1999 Bollinger Grande Année
(Crush Wine & Spirits, 212-980-9463 ; $93)

6. 1999 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne
(Chelsea Wine Vault, 212-462-4244; $140)

7. 2002 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Rosé
(Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, 212-838-9285; $340)

8. Pommery Wintertime
(U.S. launch in 2008)

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