12 Top-Rated Bottles of Champagne That Are Worth the Splurge
Browsing the sparkling wine aisle for the best Champagne can be a daunting task. Luckily, the world's finest wines are available online at the touch of a button. Whether you want to splurge on a nice bottle of Champagne for a holiday party, celebrate a wedding or engagement, or simply have an idea as to what makes one bottle of bubbly more special than the other, here's a list of some of the best Champagnes in the world — each given at least two ratings of 95 or higher by prestigious wine publications.
2002 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
With scores of 100 from multiple prestigious wine publications, this is one of the most highly rated Champagnes in the world. Wine Enthusiast recommends drinking it for 2018 — the perfect excuse to splurge on a top-notch Champagne for New Year's Eve.
Shop it: 2002 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay ($430)
2004 Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé
This rich and balanced rosé, heavy on red-fruit flavors, is perfect to pair with food for a very special meal — like the one on your wedding day.
Shop it: 2004 Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé ($300)
2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé
If ever there were the most perfect bottle of Champagne for Fall, it's this one, smelling of praline and toasted hazelnuts and tasting of Autumnal fruits like dates and figs.
Shop it: 2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé ($100)
2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas Francois Brut
This blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir combines crisp notes of peach and lemon with deeper flavors of cherry and spiced pastry.
Shop it: 2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas Francois Brut ($200)
Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut
Grand Siècle combines Laurent-Perrier's most coveted vintage blends, resulting in a mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is mature, fruity, and balanced.
Shop it: Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut ($110)
2000 Krug Brut 'Clos D'Ambonnay' Blanc De Noirs Champagne
Pop open this bottle of Champagne, and you'll smell notes of brioche, caramel, and spices. It sounds like it couldn't get any better, but it does: it tastes like tarte tatin, caramel, and pastry cream with a hint of lemon.
Shop it: 2000 Krug Brut 'Clos D'ambonnay' Blanc De Noirs Champagne ($1,800)
2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
This pale yellow Champagne is fine and light, with initial flavors of fresh citrus, followed by more refined notes of raisin pastries and candied fruit.
Shop it: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs ($200)