Wine Searcher heeft een nieuwe lijst samengesteld van de meest gevraagde champagnes:
Wine Name Score Ave Price
Dom Pérignon Brut 94 $215
Louis Roederer Cristal Millésime Brut 95 $278
Krug Vintage Brut 96 $378
Salon Cuvée S Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut 95 $858
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 92 $182
Bollinger RD Extra Brut 94 $280
Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut 91 $247
Dom Pérignon Rosé 94 $381
Bollinger La Grande Année Brut 93 $149
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 91 $74
As mentioned above, the list is basically a rundown of the most desirable luxury Champagnes on the market. Look at the scores, for example; if you average those scores out, each wine has an aggregated critic score of 93.5. Only the most small-minded of snobs would cock a snook at any of those wines.
We last ran this list two years ago and, while eight of the wines reappear above, the changes are telling. Gone are "ordinary" cuvées like Moët Brut, Veuve Clicquot and – ahem – Krug Brut, replaced by rather more grand rivals: the non-vintage Krug swaps out for its vintage stablemate; Moët is also replaced by a vintage version; and Veuve loses out to Pol Roger's luxury Winston Churchill cuvée.
Although the emphasis has been on the top-end of the range, the prices – while reasonably hefty – aren't crazy. In fact, only two of these wines have increased in average price substantially since we last ran this list in 2019; the Salon has gone up by a whopping 38 percent (from $619 a bottle), while the Bollinger Grand Année rose by 25 percent, from $119 a bottle.
Champagne has certainly had its ups and downs in the past couple of years – arguments over yields, political infighting and falling sales have all been issues at some stage – but its unique combination of quality and relative value at the top end is irresistible to consumers.
In a world where certainties are few and far between and optimism is a rare beast, Champagne's cup is overflowing.