Is it worth the price tag for Champagne at New Year?—

The top bottles of Champagne are known as Prestige Cuvées and they can cost upwards of £100, but if you want your NYE party to go with a bang, is it worth splashing the cash?

Louis Roederer is the house behind famous Cristal. Moet & Chandon produces Dom Pérignon. And Krug’s Grande Cuvée is recreated each year, blended from more than 120 wines from ten years or more and is as masterful as you’ll ever need a bottle of wine to be.

Splash out and pop one of these exhilarating stunners – not at midnight, but at the start of the night while your tastebuds are fresh and then move on.

For an all-round dazzler, Lanson Extra Age Brut NV (12.5%) is £45 in M&S. But you won’t need to take a huge dip in quality if you buy smart – which means buying English. My Wine of the Week holds its own against fizz for three times the price and it comes from Hampshire. Well worth it.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

CRYSTAL TIP: Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 2007 (12%) £105 Waitrose Cellar. Liquid crystal definition with sub-woofers of depth and resonance. Turn it up to 11.

THAT’S RICH!: Taittinger Comte de Champagne 2007 (12.5%) £108* Majestic. Sumptuously splendid and so rich and pure it made my wife burst out laughing with joy. *Mix Six 

TURBO-FIZZ. Billecarte-Salmon Cuvée Louis Blanc de Blancs 2006 (12.5%) £120 The Whisky Exchange.  Lemony loveliness; this turbo-boost of beauty is worth saving up for.

HIGH ROLLER: Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2008 (12.5%) £175 The Wine Society. Aside from its powerful excellence, this is the best wine ever with hot sausage rolls.

OLLY’S WINE OF THE WEEK

Hambledon Premiere Cuvée (12%) £45 hambledonvineyard.co.uk. The best all-nighter for New Year’s Eve, like an everlasting lemony sabre.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 30th December 2018

 

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