A lot of people celebrate the New Year with champagne so why not do it in style and try one of these special and exclusive champagne.
5: Jacques Selosse NV Les Chantereines Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
A living legend amongst grower Champagnes, owner Anselme Selosse only releases minute quantities of his superlative, single vineyard Blanc de Blancs from the renowned Chardonnay village of Avize. It is the very pinnacle of luxury Champagne: rare, exquisitely complex and totally exciting to drink. Selosse use oak in all stages of fermentation and ageing of their wines, yet, the standout quality of this Champagne is its purity and intensity of fruit flavor, despite the obviously oxidative quality. However, the problem is that due to the scarce production and massive demand, bottles are very hard to come buy: yours for around 625 Euro, if you’re lucky enough to find some.
4: Bollinger 1996 Vieilles Vignes Françaises
A house that requires little introduction, Bollinger has long boasted plenty of dedicated fans, including James Bond, Queen Victoria and countless others who adore the rich, Pinot Noir dominated style of their NV Special Cuvee. But, it is Bollinger’s lesser known but exquisite Blanc de Noir Champagne – Vieilles Vignes Françaises – that attracts the sky high prices, due to its shortage and quality. Only 250 cases on average are produced from rare ungrafted vines, from the Grand Cru village of Ay. It is simply like no other Champagne on the market: bright, very intense, vigorous and in great years massively concentrated. The 1996 is available for around 900 Euro a bottle.
3: Krug 1996 Clos D’Ambonnay
Krug has long been the favorite tipple not only of the aristocracy, but also among those who wish the world to know of their recent wealth. And there can be no greater status seeking Champagne that Krug’s legendary 100% Blanc de Noirs cuvée, produced from the tiny Ambonnay vineyard, perhaps Champagne’s top Pinot Noir vineyard. First launched in 2007, the 1995 vintage shook the market with its hefty price tag, due to the tiny volumes of around 3,000 bottles. It remains one of the region’s rarest Champagnes, offering unsurpassed richness, power and depth of flavor. The bottle could be yours for only 1.800 Euro per bottle.
2: 1996 Boerl & Kroff Brut (Drappier) Magnum
The ultimate connoisseurs Champagne, Boerl & Kroff is a prestigious brand dreamed up by the Drappier family and created exclusively for their most discerning clients. Its origins concern three unique vineyard parcels in Aube that were used to craft presidential champagne for the Elysee palace and its guests. In 1995, owner Michel Drappier decided to vinify separately the best fruit from this legendary terroir and release a new brand of luxury Champagne; only 3000 magnums on average are bottled in the best vintages. The result is a Champagne of incredible intensity and power; magnums can cost over 3.600 Euro.
1: Gout de Diamants (Taste of Diamonds)
Welcome to the most expensive bottle of Champagne, if not wine in the world. An unashamed expression of rarified opulence, Gout de Diamants is the brainchild of Shammi Shinh, owner of a luxury retail outlet in London; Prodiguer Brands. The wine – which ironically is the least important aspect of the brand – is produced from Grand Cru grapes in Oger, by the Chapuy family of growers. But, what really got the rich and famous interested was the Swarovski crystal in the center of a diamond-shaped pewter designed bottle, the label made from pure white gold plate. All this luxury comes at over 1.2 million per bottle, a cheaper version minus the diamond can be yours for only 175.000 Euro.
If one of the above champagnes is of your choice and you decide to celebrate the new year with it I could only have one advise ENJOY!!! If you decide to buy another bottle also ENJOY!!
For everyone a happy, filled with love and healthy NEW YEAR!!