Turbulence around the globe and the loss of so many beloved cultural icons has made 2016 an emotional rollercoaster. But I refuse to overlook the moments of joy. In 2016, over countless bottles of wine, I shared dreams, laughs, hopes, fears, and secrets with friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Wine opened our hearts to each other, transported us to new places, and delighted us with its sheer beauty. I'm certain that all wine lovers, all around the world, had similar experiences. Did you? As this tumultuous year winds down, I am especially grateful for those moments of bliss and light. Champagne and other sparkling wines are the traditional way to ring in the new year, so for my final article of 2016 I'm sharing a few special sparkling wine recommendations. Happy New Year! May beautiful wine moments and adventures flow abundantly in 2017! Keep reading for information on four delicious sparkling wines.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV ($99.99)
If your resolution is to live la vie en rose, toast the new year with a bottle of this superb rosé Champagne! Produced from 100% Pinot Noir, this vividly hued and beautifully crafted bubbly seduces the eye and palate. Extraordinarily crisp with fine bubbles and exuberant flavors of red & black berries, dark cherries, orange zest, and lip-smacking minerality, this exquisite Champagne will make every day feel like New Year's Eve.
Champagne Duval-Leroy Rosé Prestige Premier Cru Brut NV ($80)
Mostly Pinot Noir (90%) with a kiss of Chardonnay (10%), this elegant sip from the venerable house of Duval-Leroy is willowy and refreshing with flavors of fresh raspberry, lively lemon zest, and a touch of spicy ginger. Playful yet polished, this pretty rosé Champagne will kick off your new year in style!
Champagne Collet Esprit Couture Brut NV ($120)
This beautiful bubbly pirouettes across the palate with energy and grace. A blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (50%) and Pinot Meunier (10%) representing Collet's finest crus, it has impressive structure, balance, and finesse. Flavors of stone fruit and citrus meld harmoniously with a tinge of minerality and voluminous texture. A sexy and sophisticated sip!
Domaine Chandon Brut 2009 & 2011($45)
Toast the new year with a glass of Napa Valley ooh la la! Founded in 1973 by the legendary house of Möet & Chandon, the sparkling wines of Domaine Chandon eloquently express French heritage & American innovation. I recently tasted the Chandon 2008 vintage from their Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley vineyards and was impressed by its lip-smacking minerality, vibrant fruit, and robust mouthfeel. The 2011 Mt. Veeder (Chardonnay) and 2009 Yountville (Pinot Noir & Chardonnay) vintages are now available.
For more sparkling wine recommendations, read my articles Make the Holidays Shine with Sparkling Wines: Four Festive Sips from France and Italy and 'Tis the Season to Sparkle: Seven Sensational Champagnes.