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100 Best Champagnes for 2016

 

FINE Champagne and tastingbook.com select the World’s Best Champagne – The winner is Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle

 

FINE Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and tastingbook.com, the largest wine information source of the World, announce their list of the ‘100 Best Champagnes for 2016’.

 

After days of blind-tasting hundreds of champagnes, the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it into the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting by our editorial board and guest specialists can warmly be recommended. Still, there can only be one winner.

In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000, in 2014 to Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 and last year to Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002.

This year awards a multi-vintaged prestige cuvée as Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle claims the title of ‘Best Champagne for 2016’.

 

FINE Champagne’s TOP 10 champagnes for 2016

 

1          Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle  NV  95,75p

2          Dom Pérignon Rosé  2003 95,25p

3          Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve  NV  94,50p

4          Dom Pérignon Brut  2006 94,25p

5          Krug Vintage  2003  93,75p

6          Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve  NV 93,50p

7          Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne magnum  1996 93,25p

8          Taittinger Comtes de Champagne  2006 93,00p

8          Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires  1995 93,00p

10       Henriot Rosé Millésime  2008  92,50p

10       Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame  2006  92,50p

 

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the vast offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

 

THE TOP 100 LIST

 

1 Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle N.V     95,75
2 Dom Pérignon  Rosé  2003     95,25
3 Charles Heidsieck  Rosé Réserve N.V     94,5
4 Dom Pérignon Brut  2006     94,25
5 Krug Vintage  2003     93,75
6 Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve N.V     93,50
7 Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne  1996     93,25
8 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs  2006     93,00
8 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires  1995  2008     93,00
10 Henriot Rosé Millésime     92,50
10 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame  2006     92,50
12 Palmer & Co Vintage  2008     92
13 Henriot Rosé Brut N.V     92
14 De Saint Gall Orpale  2002     92
15 Deutz  Cuvée William Deutz Brut Millésime  2006     92
16 Dampierre Family Reserve  2007     92
17 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2006     92
18 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé  2006     92
19 Louis Roederer Cristal  2006     92
20 Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésime  2006     92
21 Alexandre Penet Millésime Extra brut  2006     92
22 Ruinart  Dom Ruinart Rosé  2002     92
23 Louis Roederer Rosé  2009     92
24 Deutz Amour de Deutz Rosé  2006     92
25 Henriot  Millésime  2006     92
26 G.H. Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou   2002     91
27 Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé N.V     91
28 Pannier Egérie de Pannier Extra Brut  2006     91
29 Thiénot Cuvée Stanislas Blanc de Blancs  2006     91
30 Dampierre Cuvée des Ambassadeurs Blanc de Blancs  N.V     91
31 Pierre Mignon Année de Madame Millésime 2006     91
32 Ayala Cuvée Perle d'Ayala  2005     91
33 G.H. Mumm  Blanc de Blancs Mumm de Cramant Brut N.V     91
34 De Saint Gall Demi-Sec N.V     91
35 Palmer & Co  Blanc de Blancs Brut  N.V     91
36 Gosset Grand Millésime Brut  2006     91
37 Krug Krug Grande Cuvée  N.V     91
38 Armand de Brignac Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs N.V     91
39 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage  2006     91
40 Doyard Oeil de Perdrix Grand Cru Extra Brut  2011     90
41 Deutz  Amour de Deutz  2006     90
42 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut  2005     90
43 José Michel & Fils Spécial Club  2008     90
44 Palmer & Co Amazon de Palmer N.V     90
45 Taittinger Millésime  2008     90
46 Charles Heidsieck Vintage  2006     90
47 Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV     90
48 Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV     90
49 Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne Rosé de Saignée  2007     90
50 Pierre Mignon Harmonie de Blancs Grand Cru Millésime  2008     90
51 Deutz  Vintage 2009     90
52 Beaumont des Crayères  Fleur de Prestige  2006     90
53 Canard-Duchêne  Charles VII Blanc de Noirs Brut NV     90
54 Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé Brut  2005     90
55 Henriot  Blanc de Blancs Brut  NV     90
56 Louis Roederer  Blanc de Blancs  2009     90
57 Canard-Duchêne  Brut Authentic Vintage  2008     90
58 Gosset Célébris Rosé Extra Brut  2007     90
59 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils  Spécial Club  2009     90
60 De Saint Gall  Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV     90
61 Boizel Grand Vintage Brut  2007     90
62 Louis Roederer Vintage  2008     90
63 Jacques Rousseaux Grande Réserve Blanc de Noirs Brut NV     90
64 Duval-Leroy Rosé Prestige Premier Cru  NV     89
65 Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Millésime  2006     89
66 Veuve Clicquot Vintage  2008     89
67 Nicolas Feuillatte  Palmes d'Or Brut   2006     89
68 Lanson Gold Label Brut Vintage  2008     89
69 Armand de Brignac  Brut Gold  NV     89
70 Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial   NV     89
71 Ayala Rosé Majeur Brut  NV     89
72 Armand de Brignac  Blanc de Blancs   NV     89
73 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Oger Grand Cru Brut  NV     89
74 De Saint Gall Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs  NV     89
75 Devaux Cuvée D Brut  NV     89
76 Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie  NV     89
77 Ruinart Rosé Brut  NV     89
78 Krug Rosé  NV     89
79 Joseph Perrier Cuvée Joséphine   NV     89
80 Palmer & Co Blanc de Noirs Brut  NV     89
81 Taittinger Brut Réserve  NV     89
82 Ayala Ayala Brut Majeur  NV     89
83 Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut  NV     89
84 Taittinger Nocturne Demi-Sec  NV     89
85 Pommery Grand cru  2005     89
86 Roland Champion Carte Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut NV     89
87 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut  2007     89
88 Paul Bara Special Club  2005     89
89 Perrier-Jouët  Belle Epoque Rosé Brut  2006     89
90 Alfred Gratien Brut NV     89
91 Deutz Rosé Brut  NV     88
92 Bollinger Rosé  NV     88
93 Doyard Clos de l'Abbaye Premier Cru Extra-Brut  2010     88
94 Collet Millésime  2006     88
95 De Castelnau Réserve Brut NV     88
96 Collet Esprit Couture Brut  NV     88
97 Georges Cartier Première Cuvée Brut  NV     88
98 Blondel Premier Cru Cuvée Presitge Brut  NV     88
99 Dampierre Cuvée des Ambassadeurs Brut Rosé NV     88
100  Pol Roger Rosé  2009     88
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History

Champagne can boast a most rare combination: its greatest wines are blessed with an ageing capacity that is second to none. On top of that, due to the custom of blending and prolonged ageing on the lees, champagne is one of the few fine wines that is so delightfully pleasurable at the time of release. Indeed, most champagnes are consumed right away, meaning they are rarely given the option of reaching their absolute peak. As some need remarkably more time than others, FINE went through the rigorous process of naming and ranking the 100 best champagnes that bring the most enjoyment today. Putting brand images and prices aside, we blind tasted over 1000 samples of the current champagne offering: prestige cuvées, vintages and non-vintages.

 

We have come across several champagnes that divide opinion when tasted in their youth. An excellent example of this is Roederer Cristal, while others include Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Ruinart Dom Ruinart. All are exquisite wines, but to our minds they are champagnes that really need time. Therefore, their splendour can go unnoticed in a blind tasting, even though this time the Cristal surprised us by showing so well, so young.

We have witnessed on more than one occasion people’s amazement about the fuss and cult following these wines have achieved. Unfortunately, verifying these wines’ superior future to fellow tasters by serving older vintages is not always within the realms of possibility. It is the current offering on the market by which the products are revered or disparaged. Further ageing potential does not warm one’s heart when the cork is popped and the precious moment is at hand.

Our aim with this courageous ranking of top champagnes is to give advice on which champagnes are most palatable right now. As always in FINE Magazines, the points on the 100-point scale express the wine’s current drinkability. Therefore, the points have a tendency to rise as the wine approaches its peak.  We do, however, evaluate the ageing capacity both verbally and by providing an optimal drinking time for each wine.

 

Excluding prejudices and expectations

We assessed and ranked some of the most famous and expensive wines of the wine world. To go beyond brand prejudices and expectations, we chose to taste the wines blind. Therefore we had to neglect any knowledge about the wines’ apparent ageing histories, as well as the vintages. It is essentially a ranking based on the organoleptic qualities of the wines on that particular day. As we have no idea as to the disgorgement dates of most wines, the results can be affected by whether it was an old or new disgorgement. However, lack of knowledge of the disgorgement date is
a problem no consumer can escape.

During several blind tasting sessions throughout the past year, we analysed over 1000 champagnes of all styles and price levels, from non-vintages to prestige cuvées and sought-after collectors’ items. However, we excluded the late-disgorged wines, such as Dom Pérignon Oenothèques, from the selection as their availability is minimal and prices much higher than that of the rest of the offering.

 

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Vineyards

100 Best Champagnes for 2012 - FINE Champagne magazine and Tastingbook.com selected the World’s Best Champagne – Comtes de Champagne Claims the Crown

FINE Champagne Magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority, and tastingbook.com announces the list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2012”.

 

During the year 2011 editorial team assessed over 1000 champagnes that are now available on the markets. After three-days of blind-tastings of the selected top 250 champagnes, the final results were tabulated. In the tasting, the most important criteria were the quality of the wine and the champagne’s accessibility today. The top ten included many familiar names but the unanimous first place winner was Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000.

“Consistently great since its launch vintage 1952, Comtes de Champagne has real pedigree. Its best vintages are simply divine, which is the case with the 2000 - a jackpot. In the Comtes the richness given by the year is bound to a velvet-smooth texture and a fine, fresh acidity that creates an exciting tension one wishes to marvel time and again. A great strength of this prestige cuvée is its accessibility today. There is no need to wait to enjoy Comtes”, FINE Champagne Magazine editor Essi Avellan MW comments.

 

TOP 10 Champagnes for 2012

1                   Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000                                        

2                   Taittinger Vintage 2004                                                                  

3                   Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002                                                  

3                   Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000                                                                                     

5                   Dom Pérignon 2002                                                                                              

6                   Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé 2002                                          

7                   Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 1998                                          

8                   Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002                                                                                   

9                   Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV                                               

10                 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995        

 

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Winemaking

100 Best Champagnes for 2015  - FINE Champagne magazine and tastingbook.com selected the World’s Best Champagne  – Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 claims the crown

 

FINE Champagne magazine, the international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority and tastingbook.com announces its list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2015”.

After days of blind-tastings of hundreds of champagnes the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it to the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting of our editorial board can warmly be recommended.  Still, there can only be one winner. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in to 2012 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000, and last year to Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002. This year rosé’s triumph continued with the majestic Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 claiming the title of the ‘Best Champagne for 2015’

 

TOP 10 champagnes for 2015

 

1    Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002          
2    Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004    
3    Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé    2004      
4    Ruinart Dom Ruinart 2004                   
5    Charles Heidsieck Vintage Rosé 1999  
6    Dom Pérignon Brut 2004                    
7    Piper-Heidsieck Rare2002            
8    Krug Vintage 2000                
9    Louis Roederer Cristal 2004            
10    Henriot Millésime 2006    

      

The  aim with this annual ranking is to taste the entire offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

The full 100 Best Champagnes ranking will be here on the 15 th of May?

 

 

 

100 Best Champagnes for 2014

FINE Champagne magazine selects the World’s Best Champagne – Louis Roederer’s Cristal Rosé 2002 shines the brightest

FINE Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority, announces its list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2014”.

After days of blind-tastings of hundreds of champagnes the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it to the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting of our editorial board can warmly be recommended.  Still, there can only be one winner. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000 and in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000. In 2014, the competition for the top positions was tougher than ever and for the first time in this classification’s history our vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002.

This year we also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. Our TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995.

Cristal is an intriguing prestige cuvée rosé, as it has the palest colour, yet a contrastingly fleshy, fruity, well-built palate of amazing freshness. Its secret is in the Pinot Noir from Roederer’s own old-vine vineyards in Aÿ, which are now cultivated according to biodynamic principles. It is these ripe grapes that give the wine its delicate hue via the saignée, or bleeding method. The last touch of spine and elegance to it is given by Côte des Blancs grand cru Chardonnay. Made in tiny volumes, Cristal Rosé is a true collector’s item. Curiously, we have noticed a remarkable, and constantly improving, track record from previous years: in 2010 Cristal Rosé 2002 finished in the 9th position, in 2011 the 5th position and finally in 2012 it climbed as high as the 3rd position. This well exemplifies the effect of time on the finest prestige cuvéesFINE Champagne editor Essi Avellan MW comments.

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the entire offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

 

TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014

1                   Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002

2                   Dom Pérignon 2004

3                   Louis Roederer Cristal 2002

4                   Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV

5                   Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

6                   Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005

7                   Krug Grande Cuvée NV

8                   Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000

9                   Krug Vintage Brut 2000

10                 Pol Roger Vintage 2002

 

 

Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014

1                   Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996

2                   Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV

3                   Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995

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Inside information

Champagne prices soar at auction / Solid sales for old and fine Champagne in the UK and US within the past fortnight has strengthened the category’s place on the global auction landscape.

A rare 1914 vintage of Pol Roger, harvested during the first battles of the First World War, sold for £5,640 at a Bonhams auction in London on 24 October, greatly surpassing its high estimate of £4,000.

The same auction saw two six-litre methuselahs of Louis Roederer Cristal 1990 sell for £4,700 each, and six magnums of Dom Perignon Rose 1978, also for £4,700.

Elsewhere, Christie’s sold a single bottle of Krug Collection 1961 in London for £3,525, more than double its pre-sale high estimate of £1,500, and a magnum of Krug 1966 for £2,570.

In the US, auction house Wally’s said that bidders “clamoured” for Champagnes at its most recent October auction.

The sale saw six bottles of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1982 fetch $3,840 against a high estimate of $2,800, and a lot of 10 bottles of Dom Perignon 1982 sell for $4,560 on a pre-sale high estimate of $3,600.

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