Summer bubbly. Champagne is without a doubt the world’s most revered bubbly. It comes from the region of the same name in northeastern France and has inspired song, poetry and revelry for generations. However, not all sparkling wine is Champagne.
A Champagne is only a Champagne if it’s from Champagne, France. Be wary of wineries that mislead and mislabel. There are also different styles of Champagne. You have Brut, which is nearly dry, demi-sec, which is semi-dry, and doux, which is sweet. Brut is the most commonly found style and here are a few of my favorites.
Champagne Collet NV Brut Champagne Art Deco, France ($45)
Smooth, fresh nose; crisp, ripe and juicy with bright acidity and good balance; fresh and long.
Taittinger NV Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée Prestige, France ($84)
Pale pink color; bright, fresh and lively; sprightly and lifted; smooth, fresh and long. 94 Points
Charles Heidsieck 2005 Brut Champagne, France ($110)
Deep golden color; complex, toasty and rich with great refinement and definition; layered and long. 95 Points