When you want to celebrate in the way that true, upscale adults do, then you want a nice bottle of champagne in your hands. Whether or not you’re the one hosting the particular event of celebration, it’s important that you have the best quality champagne on hand for whomever may wish to sample a glass.
Make sure that you have more than enough champagne for everyone, even if that means cutting back on your single bottle budget and choosing one of the more ‘affordable’ options on this list.
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill, one of the most prominent political leaders of the 20th century, insisted on always drinking Pol Roger champagne, 1895, at every occasion and in honor of their most beloved patron, the makers of this fine wine introduced this brand in 1984. After Winston Churchill passed away in 1965, every bottle of Pol Roger champagne that was headed for Great Britain was shipped with a black border around the label. Today, this bottle of champagne is something to savor. It’s easy to realize just why Winston Churchill was so firm in his preference for this particular brand.
Krug Clos D’Ambonnay
If you have the budget, you’re in luck with one of the more expensive champagne makers on the market. The Krug Clos D’Ambronnay was introduced in 2008 and is actually a bit different than most of their other champagnes because it only utilizes one particular grape variety in the processing of it. Production is limited to just 3,000 bottles, so the hefty $2,500 price tag earns it as a most prestigious bottle.
Described as ‘one of the greatest champagnes ever made,’ by the Head of Sotheby’s Wine Department, the 1928 Krug sits toward the top of the elites of champagnes, throughout the world and even history. A standard sized bottle that was part of the ‘Krug Collection’ was auctioned off for $21,200 in 2009. Some of their bottles are far more reasonable, pricing in at about $2,000, but if you ever have a chance to add a 1928 Krug to your collection, do so.
Hiedsieck 1907 Diamant Bleu Cuvee
While you’re not going to be too keen on the 1907 bottle of Hiedsieck Diamant Bleu cuvee, there’s a good reason for that. In 1916, during the middle of World War I, a Swedish freighter was en route to deliver more than 2,000 bottles of this champagne to the Imperial Court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia when it was sunk by a German submarine. It sat at the bottom of the Baltic Sea where it sat, preserved, for 80 years. All of the bottles were eventually auctioned off, at a price of $3,700 each, on average.
This is the oldest known drinkable wine in the world and there are only 2 bottle remaining of this exquisite brand. The Perrier-Jouet cellars store some of the finest vintages throughout their years of producing various brands. The only remaining bottles of this vintage are in those cellars. Although when they opened one (there had been three) for the most prestigious wine tasters in the world, they reported that it had lost its fizz, but that it was still an exquisite sampling.
Written by G. T. Hedlund