The 16 Best Champagnes

Nothing says celebration quite like a freshly popped bottle of champagne. However, if you are new to the world of champagne, it can be tricky knowing what to opt for in a quality bottle.

There are so many different types of champagne to choose from and with such varying specifications. They can also vastly vary in price depending on the bottle that you opt for!

We’ve done all the research for you so that you don’t have to. We’ve selected a range of the 16 best champagnes so that you can celebrate your achievements in style!

We made sure to pick a good range of different vintages to suit any price tag. We’ve also included a short guide down below to help you choose the best champagne for your needs!

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 16 best champagnes that money can buy.

OUR TOP PICK

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne

If you’re looking for a quality bottle of champagne that won’t cost you a small fortune, then the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne should be your top choice.

This particular champagne ranked highly in our taste tests, and it’s also on the more affordable end of the spectrum compared to some premium vintages.

In terms of taste, this particular bottle of champagne is on the drier side. The Brut champagne features a fruity flavor profile with notes of apple and minerality. This champagne features the pinot noir grape, which gives it a wonderful balance of finesse and structure.

What we really liked about this champagne was its versatility. This bottle of champagne will pair well with a variety of dishes, including several different types of cheese, cured meats, shellfish, seafood, as well as turkey.

Pros

  • Brut champagne - one of the drier bottles on the market
  • Versatile - pairs well with a variety of dishes
  • Complex flavors - notes of fruity apple, minerality, vanilla, and brioche

Cons

  • Sweet tooth - because of its dry nature those with a sweet tooth might not be so keen on a bottle of Brut

EDITORS CHOICE

Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne

One of our personal favorites is the Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne. This is a bottle of champagne that comes with a worthy reputation for being the best of the best.

So it’s hardly a surprise that it would rank well in our taste tests! What’s really great about this bottle of champagne is that it has a wonderful range of flavors while coming in at a more affordable price.

This particular bottle of champagne offers a balanced palate, with notes of pear, apple, and fresh citrus. In fact, the fruitiness is what stands out the most with this bottle of champagne, giving it a delicious freshness.

To celebrate your occasion in style, you can pair this bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne with hard, fresh, and soft cheeses. You can also pair it with white fish, shellfish, and cured meats to truly get the depth of flavor that you’re after.

Pros

  • Quality champagne - crafted by one of the market leaders for champagne production
  • Fruity notes - you’ll get notes of pear, apple, and citrus on the palate
  • Brut champagne - on the dry end of the taste scale

Cons

  • Price varies - the price can vary depending on the vintage of Moët & Chandon that you opt for

BEST VALUE

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve

Searching for a more budget friendly bottle of champagne? Then look no further than the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut. This particular bottle of champagne features a more budget friendly price so that you can celebrate your special occasions without having to spend a small fortune on champagne.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was the complexity on the palate. You’ll get notes of pear, apple, as well as a smooth and nutty aftertaste. There is a surprisingly fruity aroma to this champagne, with lots of delicate bubbles to give it a burst of freshness.

Another great feature of this champagne is how versatile it is when it comes to pairing it with other dishes. This bottle of champagne works well with shellfish dishes as well as a variety of fruity desserts. It will work particularly well with smoked salmon starters, Beaufort cheese, as well as a range of fish based dishes.

Pros

  • Budget friendly - one of the best tasting more affordable champagnes that we sampled
  • Complex palate - features fruity notes and aromas with a delicious freshness
  • Versatile - pairs well with a variety of dishes to suit casual and fine dining

Cons

  • Dry champagne - if you prefer a sweeter champagne, this might not be the pick for you

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Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

Want something a little different from the traditional champagne? Then this Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne gives you the perfect rosé alternative.

This particular rosé champagne features the pinot noir grape which gives it a beautiful complexity as well as a certain elegance. Interestingly, the Veuve Clicquot was one of the first brands to perfect the rosé champagne.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was that it features a refreshingly fruity palate. You’ll get notes of dried fruit, red fruit, and berries with this particular bottle of champagne. It has a bright flavor that will be wonderfully pleasing to your taste buds.

The Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne has a wonderful versatility in terms of the dishes you can pair it with. Choose between beef, game birds, duck, or even a variety of white, meaty, or oily fish. This rosé champagne also pairs well with shellfish and a range of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes.

Pros

  • Rosé champagne - gives you something a little more unique to toast
  • Dry champagne - features a dry flavor profile for those not keen on sweet drinks
  • Fruity palate - you’ll find notes of dried fruit, berries, and red fruit

Cons

  • Pricey - a little more expensive than some of the other champagnes we tested

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Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne

Looking for a more mid range champagne that is on the drier end of the spectrum? Then the Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne is an excellent choice to opt for. This particular bottle of champagne gives you a vibrant glass of alcohol to toast all the finest occasions.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was its balanced flavor palate. There were notes of both floral and fruit on the palate, but overall it had a well rounded taste.

You will also get notes of vanilla and buttery brioche to finish. This is a wonderfully light champagne that will be extremely pleasing on the palate.

We would recommend pairing this bottle of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne with fish, chicken, or salad dishes.

Pros

  • Vibrant champagne - gives you fruity and floral notes with a buttery finish
  • Brut vintage - one of the drier champagnes on the market
  • Balanced palate - features a wonderfully balanced flavor palate that complements a variety of dishes

Cons

  • Non vintage - features a younger champagne that will need to be enjoyed within 3 years

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Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne

Perhaps the creme de la creme of all the champagnes on the market, the Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne should be your bottle of choice if money were no object. This is a highly flavorful bottle of champagne that should be reserved for the very best of occasions.

What we really liked about this vintage champagne when we tested it was the complexity of its flavor profile. You’ll get notes of grapefruit, minerality, grass, floral, as well as other fruity finishing notes such as peaches and nectarines. This is a light bodied, dry champagne that is the very best that France has to offer.

Another great feature of this champagne is how versatile it is when trying to pair it with different dishes. You can pair this champagne with hard cheeses, semi firm cheeses, game birds, duck, white fish, shellfish, and mushroom dishes.

Pros

  • Vintage champagne - bottle will last you even longer if it remains unopened
  • Complex flavors - a wonderfully well rounded champagne with fruity notes
  • Quality - you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality bottle of champagne

Cons

  • Expensive - one of the pricier bottles of champagne that we reviewed

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne

Want to opt for a classic with a twist? Then the Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne should be your champagne of choice. This particular champagne features a rosé variant on the classic Moët & Chandon, so gives you something a little more special to celebrate your occasions with.

What we really liked about this champagne was the very fruity tasting notes that came across on the palate. You’ll notice plentiful red fruits in this champagne, with a bright crispness to the glass. There are also plenty of floral aromas with this bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Another fantastic thing about this champagne is how well it pairs with a variety of dishes. This bottle of Moët & Chandon will pair well with beef, cured meats, chicken, game bird, duck, meaty fish, oily fish, as well as salad dishes, and a variety of fresh greens.

Pros

  • Fruity flavors - plenty of red berry notes on the palate
  • Versatile - can be paired with a wide range of dishes
  • Rosé champagne - gives you something more unique than standard champagne

Cons

  • Different price - slightly more expensive than a standard bottle of Moët & Chandon

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G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne

Want a more affordable bottle of champagne that won’t compromise on the quality? Then the G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne is your ideal bottle of choice. This particular champagne is one of the more affordable options on our list.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was the range of flavor notes. This particular bottle is on the tarter end of the spectrum, with plenty of citrus notes. There is also a fresh crispness to this champagne to make a thoroughly enjoyable glass.

This particular bottle of champagne will pair best with salad dishes, fresh greens, as well as fruits and fruity desserts.

Pros

  • Budget friendly - one of the more affordable options on our list
  • Citrus notes - if you prefer a tart bottle of champagne then this is the bottle for you
  • Beautifully crisp - gives you a fresh, crisp glass every time

Cons

  • Brut - not suited for those with a sweet tooth

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Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne

The Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne is another classic bottle that will really make the occasion special. Using a careful blend of pinot noirs and pinot meuniers, Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne gives you a well structured, full bodied bottle to enjoy.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tried it was the beautifully balanced palate. There are plenty of citrus notes, with grapefruit and berries really popping on the taste buds, with a hint of pear.

Another great feature of this champagne is the fact that it pairs well with a variety of dishes. It goes well with fresh, soft, and demi firm cheeses, so will be the perfect accompaniment to a cheese board. You can also pair it with fish, pork, shellfish, and salad dishes.

Pros

  • Citrusy palate - gives you plenty of citrus flavors with a balanced palate
  • Versatile - pairs well with a variety of cheeses and other dishes
  • Brut champagne - on the drier end of the scale

Cons

  • Dry champagne - better suited for those who prefer a Brut champagne

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée

Searching for a champagne with lots of complex flavors? Then the Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée will be the bottle for you! This particular champagne features a complex palate that will delight your taste buds and impress all of your family and friends.

When we tested this champagne, we found notes of stone fruit, floral, citrus, as well as finishing notes of peach. This particular champagne is on the drier end of the spectrum, delivering a bright and crisp flavor profile.

You will find that this champagne pairs best with chicken dishes as well as a range of cured meats.

Pros

  • Brut champagne - on the drier end of the spectrum
  • Balanced palate - delivers a wonderful range of tasting notes with a balanced finish
  • Budget friendly - one of the more affordable options that we reviewed

Cons

  • Non vintage - bottle won’t last as long in storage as a vintage champagne

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Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut Champagne

If elegance is on the menu, then you should opt for the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut Champagne. This bottle of champagne is a beautiful vintage that celebrates the very best that France has to offer.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was its fruity notes. There are plenty of apple, citrus, and pear notes on the palate, with floral overtones, and a rounded finish of peach.

There is a careful blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes to create a truly sophisticated bottle of champagne.

This champagne pairs well with chicken, shellfish, white fish, as well as sweeter fruits.

Pros

  • Fruity flavors - several notes of apple, citrus, and pear with floral overtones
  • Versatile - pairs well with a variety of dishes
  • Brut champagne - a beautiful vintage bottle of dry champagne

Cons

  • Expensive - one of the pricier bottles we reviewed

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé Réserve

Enjoy a glass of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve but want something a bit more special? Then this Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé Reserve is just the thing that you’re after! This particular bottle of champagne features a rosé twist on the classic Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

What we really loved about this champagne was the fruity flavors that accompanied each glass. You’ll get notes of red currants, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in each light salmon pink glass. A steady delicate ribbon of bubbles will give the champagne a smooth, creamy finish.

This rosé champagne pairs well with tuna, salmon, spicy chicken dishes, duck dishes, shellfish, as well as sweeter fruity desserts.

Pros

  • Rosé champagne - gives you something that’s extra special than traditional champagne
  • Fruity notes - you’ll get lots of red fruits on the palate with each glass
  • Budget friendly - more affordable than some of the more expensive bottles on our list

Cons

  • Sweet flavors - better suited to those with a sweet tooth

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Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne

Don’t want to opt for one of the cheaper bottles on the market, but also don’t want to spend a small fortune on a bottle of Dom Perignon? Then the Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne gives you a good middle ground in terms of budget.

When we tested this champagne, we noticed a beautifully complex blend of flavors. You’ll get notes of green apple, grapefruit, apple, currants, red fruit, and citrus. There are also finishing notes of rose petals and watermelon to give the champagne a beautifully balanced palate.

This bottle of rosé champagne will pair well with shellfish dishes, cured meats, as well as a variety of fruity desserts.

Pros

  • Complex flavors - several complex flavor notes on the palate
  • Brut champagne - on the drier end of the scale
  • Rosé champagne - gives you something a little more unusual to celebrate with

Cons

  • Pricey - one of the more expensive bottles that we reviewed

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Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne

Another classic bottle of champagne to opt for is of course Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne. This bottle of champagne is a good mid range champagne to opt for that will suit any occasion.

When we tested this bottle of champagne, we found notes of pear, spice, apple, as well as finishing notes of biscuit. These flavor notes combine to give you a fresh glass of champagne that will be the perfect accompaniment to your celebrations.

This champagne pairs well with a variety of foods. You can accompany your classic cheese board with a glass of Bollinger champagne, or pair it with chicken, duck, game bird, white fish, shellfish, turkey, or a range of vegetarian dishes.

Pros

  • Brut champagne - features a drier champagne to delight the palate
  • Fruity notes - features plenty of apple, pear, and spicy notes
  • Versatile - pairs well with a variety of dishes

Cons

  • Dry finish - better suited to those who prefer a drier champagne

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Duval Leroy Brut Champagne

Another fantastic mid range priced champagne is of course this Duval Leroy Brut Champagne. This champagne will give you a beautiful tasting glass of bubbly so that you can toast your celebrations in style without spending a small fortune.

What we liked about this bottle of champagne when we tested it was the range of complex flavors. Whereas other bottles of champagne focussed on fruity flavors, this bottle gives you intriguing dark chocolate, roasted yellow figs, and cinnamon. Perfect if you’re looking for something a little different!

This bottle of champagne pairs well with gamey meats such as rabbit, or veal. You can also pair it with soft cheeses on your cheese board for a complex range of flavors.

Pros

  • Brut champagne - features a more dry champagne than other bottles we reviewed
  • Complex flavors - features cinnamon, dark chocolate, and roasted yellow figs
  • Budget friendly - one of the more affordable options on the market

Cons

  • Dry champagne - not suited for those who have more of a sweet tooth

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Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne 168th Edition

If money were no object, then you should opt for a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne 168th Edition. This particular champagne is certainly the creme de la creme of champagnes, and will truly make an occasion special.

What we really liked about this champagne when we tested it was the complex blend of flavors. You’ll get notes of nougat, hazelnut, citrus fruits, jellied fruits, barley sugar, brioche, almonds, and honey, with floral notes. This complex blend of flavors gives you a beautifully enjoyable glass of champagne.

This particular bottle of champagne will pair well with cheese boards, canapes, cured meats, chicken, white fish, shellfish dishes, as well as a range of fruity desserts.

Pros

  • Cuvée champagne - made using the first pressing of the grapes for superior quality
  • Complex flavors - you’ll get flavors of nougat, hazelnut, citrus fruits, brioche, honey, with floral notes
  • Quality champagne - comes from a reputable manufacturer with a reputation for quality

Cons

  • Expensive - one of the more expensive bottles on the market

How To Choose A Champagne

It can be tricky knowing how to find a good quality champagne. So we’ve put together this short guide to help you find the best champagne for your taste buds so that you can really enjoy the special occasion.

Firstly, you will need to think about how sweet or dry you would like your champagne. This is because there are several different classifications of champagne, just as there are with different bottles of wine.

Champagne is ranked from doux, which is very sweet, to demi-sec, sec, and extra sec, which are less sweet, right up to Brut and extra Brut, which are very dry.

If you prefer a sweeter champagne, then you should opt for a doux bottle. If you prefer your champagne on the dry side, then a lovely bottle of Brut will do the trick.

Another factor to consider is the age of the champagne. A younger champagne will appear much lighter in color than an older champagne. If you opt for a champagne that has smaller bubbles, you should notice that the champagne tastes much creamier and smoother.

It will also be best to opt for a champagne that has been stored in a green bottle. This will prevent any harmful UV rays from damaging the contents of the bottle, so that you can ensure your champagne is able to maintain its quality.

Lastly, it’s important to remember that champagne can only legally be called champagne if it has been manufactured in the Champagne region of France using specific grapes and specific manufacturing methods. So don’t be fooled by that bottle of Californian champagne - if it’s not made in Champagne, it’s not champagne!

The 16 Best Champagnes

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Should You Spend On Champagne?

Champagne is of course one of the most expensive bottles of alcohol that you can find on the market. So it can be tempting to think that you have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a quality bottle of champagne.

However, this isn’t the case. You should aim to spend around $55 for a quality bottle of vintage champagne, or around $35 to $48 for a bottle of non vintage champagne.

What Does Brut Mean In Champagne?

Brut is the term used to describe a dry champagne. This is considered to be one of the commonest styles of sparkling wine, and is the driest type of champagne that you can find. In order for a champagne to be considered Brut, it needs to have less than 12g of sugar for each liter.

Does Champagne Go Bad?

Yes, champagne can go bad. Your champagne will last you much longer if it stays unopened, however, there will be a time limit to this. Champagne that hasn’t been opened should last between 3 to 4 years.

A bottle of vintage champagne should last between 5 to 10 years. It is also a myth that champagne has to be stored on its side, as there is enough moisture in the bottle between the liquid and the cork to keep the cork in place.

In Summary

So there you have it! You now know the 16 best champagnes to treat yourself to so that you and your family can celebrate those special occasions in style. Or why not treat yourself to a bottle of one of the fantastic vintages that we have reviewed in more detail above as a Friday treat?

We made sure to include a range of different champagnes to suit every budget. So there should be something for everyone above to suit any occasion!

You should also have a much better idea of how to choose a good quality bottle of champagne so that you can celebrate in style. If you like sweet champagnes, you should opt for a doux. If you prefer dry champagne, then you should opt for a Brut.

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