CHAM­PAGNE, ANY­ONE?

Bloomberg Businessweek (Europe) - - Etc. - By El­iz­a­beth G. Dunn

Life’s too short for bad bub­bles. Try one of th­ese for your New Year’s toast

2009 IRON HORSE VINE­YARDS CLAS­SIC BRUT, $42

This rich, creamy sparkler from Cal­i­for­nia is a sure­fire win­ner. The yeasty aroma and slightly nutty taste will pair well with what­ever sa­vory snacks your host is serv­ing.

2013 RAVENTOS I BLANC “DE NIT” ROSADO CAVA, $23

Easy and cheap, Span­ish cavas were once ma­ligned, but they’re get­ting more pos­i­tive crit­i­cal at­ten­tion of late. Fruity, but not too sweet, this rosé version is a ma­jor bar­gain.

NV JACQUESSON CU­VEE 737 EX­TRA BRUT, $62

The wine­mak­ers cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive blend each year. This bold, full-bod­ied,

and aro­matic is­sue is from 2013— be­cause noth­ing says “I ap­pre­ci­ate you” like a lim­ited edi­tion.

NV BILLECART-SALMON BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT, $70

A fa­vorite among chefs and som­me­liers for its fi­nesse and food-friend­li­ness, this fresh, el­e­gant, medium-bod­ied Cham­pagne has zesty green ap­ple notes. (Re­mem­ber that so you can re­peat it later.)

2009 PIERRE PETERS CU­VEE SPE­CIALE LES CHETILLONS BLANC DE BLANCS MAG­NUM, $250

It’s made from grapes har­vested from one of the choic­est parcels in all of Cham­pagne. Dried fruit and honey notes will help ring in the new year on an ex­trav­a­gantly ro­man­tic note.

1995 CHARLES HEIDSIECK BLANC DES MILLENAIRES, $175

This is among the most sought-af­ter (and award-win­ning) Cham­pagnes on the mar­ket—and bot­tles are run­ning out. Com­plex, vi­brant, and dan­ger­ously easy drink­ing, it’s a per­fect pat on the back.

NV KOENIG CRE­MANT D’AL­SACE, $15

Cré­mant d’Al­sace wines like this are crisp, zesty, and in­ex­pen­sive— ideal for splash­ing into OJ the morn­ing af­ter.

Cho­sen with the help of Em­i­lie Per­rier, som­me­lier at Gabriel Kreuther in New York

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