Champagne Cheat Sheet – Christmas 2017

“What is the best champagne for a Christmas gift?”

It’s that time of the year again, the run into Christmas and New Years.

Life is busy and you’re pretty much in need of a few drinks come December 25th. Let me save you some time with this years Champagne Tipplers Cheat Sheet for the best bang-for-your-buck this festive season.

For simplicity I have avoided the more specialised, hard to find offerings and focused on the brands you can score at your local Dan Murphy’s, First Choice or Vintage Cellars – for the most part.

$20 to $35

While not seriously condoning buying someone cheap plonk for an Xmas gift – there are a few here that stand out:

Moutard Brut NV – First Choice Liquor – $25
Not awesome, but goes down well enough if you drop in some Xmas oysters and prawns.

Baron de Villeboerg – Vintage Cellars – $27 (on sale)
Pound for pound the best value champers when at the sale price.

Cattier Brut NV – First Choice Liquor – $32 (on sale)
A spicy little number that is crisp, dry and zesty – and cheap!

$36 to $50

Here is the sweet spot for gifting champagnes. Not too expensive, but not too cheap. A few awesome drops in this range too:

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV – Most Retailers – $36 (on sale)
Slightly sweeter but on point flavour wise with good depth. Good for your Xmas table, also.

Lanson Black Label – Dan Murphy’s – $40 (on sale)
A very underrated champagne that elbows both Mumm and Moet out of the way with substance. I strongly recommend – it will even save you some $$$

Charles Orban Blanc de Blancs- Dan Murphy’s – $45
A surprise package Recoltant wine – excellent value and a great dry style champagne.

Taittinger Brut NV – Most Retaillers – $48 (on sale)
Another cruelly underrated champagne that transcends the average punters expectations set by the big four.

$51 to $70

Now its time to really open up the wallet and find some stellar plonk to gift to people you may actually care about!

G.H Mumm Le Rosé – Most Retailers – $55 (on sale)
Cheap for a rosé but by no means nasty – we rate it here at CT.

Pommery Brut NV – Vintage Cellars – $56 (on sale)
A surprisingly well thought out, exciting flavoured champagne that goes down much too easily.

Bollinger Special Cuvée – Most Retailers – $62 (on sale)
There is a reason this is currently the number 1 champagne on our scoreboard. Bolly takes no shortcuts.

Pol Roger Brut NV – Most Retaillers – $64 (on sale)
The 2nd ranked champers on our scoreboards. A phenomenally delicious drop.

$71 to $100

Time to flip that wallet upside-down and shake it. We’re in special friends territory here:

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – Duty Free – $99
Not easy to acquire but my goodness is this a drop for top moments.

Ruinart Rosé – Duty Free – $99
Like the Blanc de Blancs – this is a must try once in your lifetime champagne

$100+

Not really what this blog is about… but it’s Christmas.

In true Champagne Tipplers style – this is a cost vs experience recommendation:

Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Special Club 2010 – $135
Such a nice hit of flavours… We are talking the stuff of legends here…

 

So, there you have it! Cheat away and let me know what you think!

From myself and my regular tasting crew here at Champagne Tipplers – have a very Merry Christmas!

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