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    100 BEST CHAMPAGNES 2020

    100 Best Champagnes for 2020  - Dom Pérignon is a winner again!

     

    After winning a number of pole positions in previous years, Dom Pérignon won the jackpot again- The 2020 winner is Dom Pérignon 2008

    FINE Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and tastingbook.com, the world’s largest wine information source, announce their list of the ‘100 Best Champagnes for 2020’.

    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. This year our choice is Dom Pérignon 2008.

    Having started life as Moët & Chandon’s prestige cuvée, today Dom Pérignon enjoys an independent position as an icon of champagne. The first vintage of Dom Pérignon, 19521, was launched in 1926. 

    "Dom Pérignon liberates the 2008 vintage, freeing it from an over-literal interpretation of the canons of champagne." RICHARD GEOFFROY, former Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave.

    2008 was dominated by grey, overcast skies – an exception in a decade characterized by bold, generous sunshine. Just when the harvest was getting underway, the weather conditions were finally perfect: blue skies and prolonged north-northeasterly winds. The grapes were riper than anyone dared hope, and had truly outstanding balance. The vines were in perfect health.
    To the bracing acidity, concision and aromatic purity expected of the 2008 vintage, Dom Pérignon adds depth, density and complexity. 

     

    TOP 100 BEST CHAMPAGNES 2020

     

    1

    Dom Pérignon 2008

    2

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008

    2

    Dom Pérignon P2 2002

    4

    Ruinart Dom Ruinart 2007

    5

    Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006

    5

    Maison Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou 2006

    7

    Moët & Chandon MCIII 001.14 NV

    7

    Rare Champagne 2006

    9

    Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2010

    9

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007

    11

    Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

    12

    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008

    13

    Rare Champagne Rosé 2008

    14

    Pommery Cuvée Louise 2004

    15

    Henriot Rosé NV

    16

    De Castelnau Extra Brut NV

    17

    Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs NV

    18

    Henriot Blanc de Blancs NV

    19

    Alfred Gratien Vintage 2006

    20

    Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV 

    21

    Krug Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition

    22

    Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2008

    23

    Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012

    24

    Palmer & Co Vintage 2012

    25

    Krug Vintage 2004

    26

    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2007

    27

    Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV 

    28

    Duval-Leroy Femme 1996

    29

    Deutz Amour de Deutz 2009

    30

    Maison Mumm RSRV Blanc de Blancs

    31

    Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 2008

    32

    Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV

    33

    Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2012

    34

    Pol Roger Rosé 2009

    35

    Krug Rosé NV 

    36

    Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

    37

    Henriot Rosé Millésime 2012

    38

    Palmer & Co Rosé Réserve NV

    39

    Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

    40

    Pierre Gimonnet Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay 2012

    41

    Nicolas Maillart Rosé NV

    42

    Boizel Joyau de France 2007

    43

    Pommery Brut Apanage NV

    44

    Armand de Brignac Rosé NV

    45

    Fluteau Cuvée Symbiose 2009

    46

    Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

    47

    Taittinger Brut Réserve NV

    48

    Collet Brut Art Deco Premier Cru NV

    49

    Palmer & Co Extra Réserve NV

    50

    Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2012

    51

    Pierre Mignon Harmonie de Blancs Millésime 2009

    52

    Armand de Brignac Demi-Sec NV

    53

    Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix NV

    54

    Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs NV

    55

    Taittinger Vintage 2013

    56

    Bollinger Rosé NV

    57

    Charles Mignon Cuvée Comte de Marne Rosé NV

    58

    Lallier Grand Rosé Brut NV

    59

    Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

    60

    Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Blancs NV

    61

    Palmer & Co Brut Réserve NV

    62

    Pierre Mignon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

    63

    Palmer & Co Amazone de Palmer NV

    64

    Bouché Cuvée Saphir NV

    65

    Henriot Brut Souverain

    66

    Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel NV

    67

    Jacques Selosse Substance NV

    68

    Collard-Picard Essentiel 2010

    69

    A. Robert Brut NV

    70

    Joseph Perrier 2008

    71

    Barons de Rothschild Brut NV

    72

    Edouard Brun Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Aÿ NV

    73

    Duval-Leroy Rosé Prestige Premier Cru NV

    74

    Boizel Ultime Extra Brut NV

    75

    Fluteau Cuvée Prestige Millésime 2011

    76

    Forget-Chemin Spécial Club Rosé 2014

    77

    Agrapart Minéral Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut 2012

    78

    Collard-Picard Cuvée Sélection Extra Brut NV

    79

    Taittinger Rosé Prestige NV

    80

    Piper-Heidsieck Sublime NV

    81

    J. de Telmont Blanc de Noirs 2013

    82

    Chapuy Chardonnay Grand Cru Brut Nature NV

    83

    Cattier Premier Cru Rosé Brut

    84

    Collard-Picard Dom Picard Blanc de Blancs NV

    85

    Roland Champion Spécial Club 2012

    86

    G.H. Mumm Millésime 2012

    87

    Maison Mumm RSRV Cuvée 4.5 NV

    88

    Forget-Chemin Spécial Club 2014

    89

    Aspasie Rosé NV

    90

    Lemaire Extra Brut NV

    91

    Bruno Paillard Dosage Zéro  NV

    92

    Duval-Leroy Extra Brut Prestige NV

    93

    Louise Brison Millesime 2014

    94

    A. Robert Cuvée Sablon Brut NV

    95

    Lemaire Rosé Réserve NV

    96

    Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV

    97

    Henriot Cuvée Hemera 2005

    98

    Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2006

    99

    Barons de Rothschild Rosé NV

    100

    Aspasie Carte Blanche NV

     

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    TOP 10 Non-Vintage Blend Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Non-Vintage Blend Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. De Castelnau Extra Brut NV

    This Champagne is no exception to the rule when it comes to long lees maturation, the signature style of the House ofCastelnau. This cuvée is the result of much research to find a refined balance between maturity and freshness.

    Chardonnay reins amongst the sublime fruit of the two red grapes. Delicate grilled notes evolve into aromas of smoky wood and sweet spice.

    The palate maintains a tantalising finesse that shows good depth and flavours of dried fruit including apricots and raisins.

    The small dosage showcases the authenticity and complexity of the blend thanks to 7 years aging on the lees and finishes with moreish layers of candied lemon and honeyed characters.

    Elisabeth SARCELET / Chef de Caves Champagne CASTELNAU

    2. Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

    3. Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV

    4. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

    5. Pommery Brut Apanage NV

    6. Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

    6. Taittinger Brut Réserve NV

    6. Collet Brut Art Deco Premier Cru NV

    6. Palmer & Co Extra Réserve NV

    10. Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

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    TOP 10 Vintage Blend Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Vintage Blend Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Alfred Gratien Vintage 2006

    This wine is pale gold in colour At first, the nose is led by toasted almonds and russet apples, which then evolves aromatically to offer floral notes and hints of iris, orange blossom and citrus zest This Champagne's texture is reminiscent of lace the body is svelte, vibrant and accompanied by a fine acidity It finishes delicately with nice length, acidity and mineral notes

    2. Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2008

    2. Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012

    2. Palmer & Co Vintage 2012

    5. Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2012

    6. Fluteau Cuvée Symbiose 2009

    7. Taittinger Vintage 2013

    8. Collard-Picard Essentiel 2010

    8. Joseph Perrier 2008

    10. Fluteau Cuvée Prestige Millésime 2011

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    TOP 10 Prestige Cuvée Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Prestige Cuvée Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Dom Pérignon 2008

    2008 was dominated by grey, overcast skies – an exception in a decade characterized by bold, generous sunshine. Just when the harvest was getting underway, the weather conditions were finally perfect: blue skies and prolonged north-northeasterly winds. The grapes were riper than anyone dared hope, and had truly outstanding balance. The vines were in perfect health.

    To the bracing acidity, concision and aromatic purity expected of the 2008 vintage, Dom Pérignon adds depth, density and complexity. The light is warmer and less harsh.

    2. Louis Roederer Cristal 2008

    2. Dom Pérignon P2 2002

    4. Maison Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou 2006

    5. Moët & Chandon MCIII 001.14 NV

    5. Rare Champagne 2006

    7. Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008

    8. Pommery Cuvée Louise 2004

    9. Krug Grande Cuvée 167ème Edition

    10. Duval-Leroy Femme 1996

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    TOP 10 Non-Vintage Rosé Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Non-Vintage Rosé Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Henriot Rosé NV

    Crafted by adding pinot noir red wine to the blend, this Champagne expresses the very best of Montagne de Reims pinot noir (50%) and meunier (10%), while preserving the fresh mineral character of chardonnay (40%).

    Henriot Brut Rosé also contains precious reserve wines which make up 35% of the blend. Every bottle is then left to rest in the cool, calm surrounds of our cellars for 3 years.

    This vintage is dosed at less than 9g/l. The Brut Rosé blend contains a small quantity of our prestige Cuve 38 Champagne.This wine, made in the style of a perpetual reserve crafted exclusively from Grand Cru chardonnay, is unique to the Champagne House and expresses its quintessential savoir-faire and originality.

    2. Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV

    3. Palmer & Co Rosé Réserve NV

    3. Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

    5. Nicolas Maillart Rosé NV

    6. Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix NV

    6. Bollinger Rosé NV

    6. Charles Mignon Cuvée Comte de Marne Rosé NV

    6. Lallier Grand Rosé Brut NV

    10. Taittinger Rosé Prestige NV 

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    TOP 10 Prestige & Vintage Rosé Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Prestige & Vintage Rosé Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006

    Dom Pérignon Rosé is a tribute to Pinot Noir. To work with Pinot Noir continually requires excellence and humility. In that regard, Dom Pérignon Rosé is a paradox to the point of contradiction as it is the perfect balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
    Although it took over ten years to reach the light of day, the color of Dom Pérignon Rosé dares to express all the tension between youth and maturity, between exhibition and restraint.
    Dom Pérignon Rosé keeps the Pinot Noir promise by making it sing out loud, on a clear, vibrant and fragile note.

    2. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2010

    3. Rare Champagne Rosé 2008

    4. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2007

    5. Pol Roger Rosé 2009

    5. Krug Rosé NV 

    7. Henriot Rosé Millésime 2012

    8. Armand de Brignac Rosé NV

    9. Forget-Chemin Spécial Club Rosé 2014

    10 Joseph Perrier Esprit de Victoria Rosé 2010

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    TOP 10 Blanc de Blancs Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Blanc de Blancs Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Henriot Blanc de Blancs NV

    Henriot Blanc de Blancs is the cornerstone of Henriot’s signature style showcasing minerality and complexity. It is testament to the sheer virtuosity of the Champagne House with its Premier and Grand Crus vineyards and its rich history, which is inextricably linked to its prestigious chardonnay terroirs.

    Crafted from a majority blend of grapes sourced from Premier and Grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, notably from the villages of Mesnil sur Oger and Avize, precious reserve wines also account for at least 40% of the blend.

    It is only after resting for 4-5 years in the the cool, dark cellars in Reims, under the watchful eye of Laurent Fresnet, Chief Winemaker, that this 100% chardonnay champagne can be enjoyed.

    This vintage is dosed at less than 8g/l. The Blanc de Blancs blend also contain a small quantity of our prestige Cuve 38 champagne.This wine, made in the style of a perpetual reserve and crafted exclusively from Grand Cru chardonnay, is unique to the Champagne House and expresses its quintessential savoir-faire and originality.

    2. Maison Mumm RSRV Blanc de Blancs NV

    3. Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs NV

    3. Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Blancs NV

    3. Pierre Mignon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

    6. Chapuy Chardonnay Grand Cru Brut Nature NV

    7. Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

    8. Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

    8. Pierre Trichet Brut Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs NV


    10. Lallier Loridon Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

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    TOP 10 Prestige Cuvée & Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Prestige Cuvée & Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Ruinart Dom Ruinart 2007

    AN HOMAGE TO THE RUINART TASTE

    2007 is an extraordinary vintage, and one of the very few in Champagne when the harvest began in August. After a sunny and very warm spring, the months of June, July and August brought rather gloomy weather and heavy rainfall. The blend is 100% Chardonnay exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards.
    The blend is 100% Chardonnay exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards: 75% from the Côte des Blancs (Chouilly, Le Mesnil, Oger and Avize) and 25% from the northern slopes of Montagne de Reims (predominantly Sillery and Verzenay).

    2. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007

    3. Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs NV

    4. Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

    5. Deutz Amour de Deutz 2009

    6. Pierre Gimonnet Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay 2012

    7. Pierre Mignon Harmonie de Blancs Millésime 2009

    8. Jacques Selosse Substance NV 

    9. Agrapart Minéral Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut 2012

    10. Collard-Picard Dom Picard Blanc de Blancs NV

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    TOP 10 Blanc de Noirs Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Blanc de Noirs Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Edouard Brun Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Aÿ NV

    Champagne Edouard Brun is a small but perfectly formed, family owned House in the prestigious, Grand Cru village of Aÿ . Producing around 250,000 bottles annualy, they have the benefit both of the high quality of their own vineyards (accounting for around half their production) and grower contracts that permit a larger scale than would otherwise be possible.

    2. J. de Telmont Blanc de Noirs 2013

    3. Henri Chauvet Blanc de Noirs NV

    3. Apollonis Cuvée Authentic Meunier Brut Blanc de Noirs NV

    5. Palmer & Co Blanc de Noirs NV

    6. Maison Mumm RSRV Blanc de Noirs 2009

    6. Eric Taillet Bansionensi 100% Meunier Extra Brut NV

    6. Georges Vesselle Blanc de Noirs NV

    6. Eric Taillet Le Bois de Binson Extra Brut NV

    10. Devaux Coeur des Bar Blanc de Noirs NV

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    TOP 10 Cooperative Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Cooperative Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. De Castelnau Extra Brut NV

    This Champagne is no exception to the rule when it comes to long lees maturation, the signature style of the House ofCastelnau. This cuvée is the result of much research to find a refined balance between maturity and freshness.

    Chardonnay reins amongst the sublime fruit of the two red grapes. Delicate grilled notes evolve into aromas of smoky wood and sweet spice.

    The palate maintains a tantalising finesse that shows good depth and flavours of dried fruit including apricots and raisins.

    The small dosage showcases the authenticity and complexity of the blend thanks to 7 years aging on the lees and finishes with moreish layers of candied lemon and honeyed characters.

    Elisabeth SARCELET / Chef de Caves Champagne CASTELNAU

    2. Palmer & Co Vintage 2012

    3. Palmer & Co Rosé Réserve NV

    4. Collet Brut Art Deco Premier Cru NV

    4. Palmer & Co Extra Réserve NV

    6. Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs NV

    6. Palmer & Co Brut Réserve NV

    8. Palmer & Co Amazone de Palmer NV

    9. Collet Millésime Brut 2008

    10. Pannier Exact Extra Brut NV

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    TOP 10 Grower Champagnes in 2020

    TOP 10 Grower Champagnes in 2020

     

    1. Pierre Gimonnet Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay 2012

    From vines aged between 60 and 100 years old, the 2012 Brut Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay is showing superbly, unfurling in the glass with aromas of green orchard fruit, grapefruit zest, nougat, brioche and fresh yoghurt. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and muscular, with racy acids and a long, saline finish. While this can be approached sooner, it will really reward a bit of bottle age.

    2. Fluteau Cuvée Symbiose 2009

    3. Charles Mignon Cuvée Comte de Marne Rosé NV

    4. Jacques Selosse Substance NV 

    4. Collard-Picard Essentiel 2010

    4. A. Robert Brut NV

    7. Fluteau Cuvée Prestige Millésime 2011

    7. Forget-Chemin Spécial Club Rosé 2014

    7. Agrapart Minéral NV

    7. Collard-Picard Cuvé Sélection Extra Brut NV

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