New Years Eve is the night most folks consume bottles of bubbly….traditionally to ring in the New Year. This is a list of my favorite Champagne picks for the New Year Celebration 2010 to ring in the New Year 2011. Happy New Year 2011, Cheers! Clink, clink and salute!
Freixenet is one of the most renowned and largest cava houses in Spain, similar in quality, size and importance to France’s Moet & Chandon. Cava is the Spanish sparkling wine equivalent to France’s Champagne. The Freixenet cava business started in 1914 by Pere Ferrer Bosch, the son of “La Freixenada“, the family estate located in the Alt Penedès region since the 13th century. Right from the start, the family decided to produce only cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France) for centuries.
In 1941, Freixenet launched what in time would become one of its leading products, the cava Carta Nevada and in 1974 the cava Cordon Negro. Priced reasonable $23.99 a large bottle $10.99 small bottle
Moët & Chandon (French pronunciation: [moɛte ʃɑ̃ˈdɔ̃]), or Moët, is a French winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Moët et Chandon is one of the world’s largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. The company holds a Royal Warrant to supply champagne to Queen Elizabeth II. Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, and today owns more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne Priced from $50-60 plus a bottle
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is both a champagne house in Reims, France, and a brand of premium champagne. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot is theorized to have been the first truly “modern” Champagne due to the advancements in the méthode champenoise which Veuve Clicquot pioneered through the technique of remuage.
Armand de Brignac is the name of a Champagne brand produced by Champagne Cattier, and sold in opaque metallic bottles. The brand’s first bottling, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, is identifiable by its distinctive gold bottle with pewter Ace of Spades labels. The brand is owned by New York City-based Sovereign Brands in partnership with Cattier, and was introduced in late 2006.
Armand de Brignac’s Champagnes are marketed as flagship cuvées in selected markets. They are produced in a multi-vintage style (like Krug‘s Grande Cuvée) as opposed to the vintage prestige cuvées of some other Champagne houses (including Louis Roederer‘s Cristal and Moët et Chandon‘s Dom Perignon). Like much Champagne, the Brut Gold cuvée is a blend of the grape varieties Pinot noir, Pinot meunier and Chardonnay, making use of only Premier Cru and Grand Cru-rated grapes. Two other cuvées, a Rosé and a Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) were released in 2008.