23 NV Agra­part Ter­roirs Blanc de Blancs Cham­pagne, France, $115

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When search­ing for Cham­pagne, we tend to look for pro­duc­ers who own and farm their vine­yards as op­posed to the big­ger houses. This fizz is from the Cote des Blancs, chardon­nay coun­try, and it’s pure and pris­tine. Also, if you put it in a wine glass and let it come up in tem­per­a­ture, it will just look like a good chardon­nay.

24. NV Vin­cent Couche Blanc de Blancs Cham­pagne, France, $140

This is 100 per cent chardon­nay and a gen­er­ous, full-flavoured style that's great for gift-giv­ing or open­ing on Christ­mas Day. In gen­eral, chardon­nay-based Cham­pagne pro­vides more of a lin­ear, re­fresh­ing style that’s per­fect for the Aus­tralian sum­mer.

25. Do­maine Bel­lu­ard Les Per­les du Mont Blanc Savoie Gringet, France, $51 Made from a va­ri­ety called gringet from the French Alps, this is a rare but fun al­ter­na­tive to Cham­pagne. It does the same thing – it’s fresh and bright, and an in­ter­est­ing va­ri­ety that peo­ple might not have tried be­fore.

26. 2016 Keller Von der Fels Rhein­hessen Ries­ling, Ger­many, $60 Von der Fels means ‘off the rocks’, so its fo­cus is on min­er­al­ity. Keller makes a lot of Grand Cru wine and this is al­ways a blend of those vine­yards. It’s a ‘rest of the best’ style.

27. 2016 Weingut Donnhoff Ober­hauser Leis­ten­berg Nahe Kabi­nett Ries­ling, Ger­many, $50

A clas­sic Ger­man ries­ling that's great for lunch with pork on the ta­ble, pro­vid­ing a lit­tle sweet­ness and a lot of acid­ity to cut through the fat.

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