New Year’s means gathering with loved ones, making resolutions for next year, and of course, celebrating with bubbly! However, when it comes to choosing the right bottle for the festivities, you might not know where to start. For some pro guidance, we asked Sommelier Chantelle Pabros advice on how to choose the right bottle of bubbles for every type of New Year’s celebration.
“There are many different kinds of sparkling wine available, from Cava to Prosecco,” says Pabros, “yet, I always advise customers to go with the bubbly classic on New Year’s: Champagne. What better way to start the year on a good note than by treating yourself to something special and iconic?”
To be considered Champagne, it must hail from the Champagne region in France, using a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier varieties, and undergo strict winemaking restrictions, such as minimal years of aging. Read more about what gives Champagne its special sparkle here.
There are many Champagne brands on the market. Pabros’ top pick?
“Champagne Taittinger. It’s one of the last remaining family-owned and operated marquee Champagne houses. They are known for their consistent quality and for the deep care and experience put behind every bottle,” she says. “Their signature style is Chardonnay-driven, which offers an expressive, toasty style that is both elegant and delicious. Last but not least, you can find it in most wine shops.”
Looking for a Champagne to serve at a New Year’s get-together with your circle? Pabros recommends the Champagne house’s flagship wine, Brut La Française. “If you’re new to Champagne, start with this wine. It’s a dry, classic style that’s widely available and pairs well with every type of food. Your guests will thank you for making their night so memorable!”
Perhaps you find yourself invited to a midnight countdown (outdoors)? Pabros advises bringing a bottle of Rosé Champagne. “Rosé Champagnes are elegant, yet racy. The Prestige Rosé by Taittinger is a vibrant pink color with fine bubbles and persistent foam. It is full-bodied and perfect for an outdoor countdown with your loved ones.”
If you are looking to splurge on an intimate night at home, toast with something really special, such as the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. “If you really want a wow factor, you can’t go wrong with this tệte de cuvée (top wine). It has a cult following by sommeliers industry-wide because it is one of the most consistent drinking tệte de cuvées over the last 50 years and it comes in a beautiful bottle. It will most certainly offer a most memorable experience,” adds Pabros.
To make the night especially seamless and show your guests and loved ones you know what you’re talking about, let’s get those French words slipping smoothly from your tongue: The Complete Pronunciation Guide to Champagne Taittinger.
Let’s not forget about New Year’s resolutions. For Pabros: “Drink more delicious Champagne!”