Any New Year's Eve Champagne Suggestions?


Last New Year's Eve I bought a bottle of Dom Perignon to share with my parents, and was less than impressed.  (Of course this could be my lack of champagne knowledge/experience) but I thought it tasted like most of the champagnes I've had in the past.  Is the high price of this champagne based on hype and stigma or am I just that inexperienced in the champagne tasting world?  

Also, any suggestions for a great bottle to pop open this New Year's Eve?


  • I've tried a couple of time DOm Perignon and it's a lot different than usual Champagne, mineral, fumè notes (smoked...) with complex aromas. Not exactly the delicate fruit/flower bouquet you can find in a classic cuvee.

    My suggestion is to find some different cuvee/producers, Perrier Jouet for example is usually characterized by delicate aromas of flowers (base cuvee are around 40$ - top cuvee 100+$). It's easy to appreciate this kind of bottles.

    Another option is to find some little producers. You can find really good bottles with good price. Janisson-Baradon, Bonnaire, Marguet, Drappier, Le Mesnil are just some few names. Prices of this producers are for base cuvee 15-20$ and 50$ for top cuvee. My personal pick is Bonnaire "Variance".


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    Snooth User: Giacomo Pevere

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:04am

  • I like prosecco. The price is great and its a little less yeasty. Nice and crisp. Zonin makes a great one. I picked it up on line @ Ive seen it here and there in different shops.

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    Snooth User: juicelover

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:01am

    • 806471Giacomo Pevere Prosecco in great but actually is not the same as Champagne. Champagne and italian Metodo Classico are champenoise method, prosecco is charmat method.

    • 1000586Luciana Zotz If you want an italian sparkling I really recommend a Franciacorta which is an outstanding champenoise.

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