Top 10 Vintages for a Decadent Champagne Day

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To make Champagne day 2012 (Oct 26th) extra glamorous, Honest Cooking has compiled a list of the 10 best vintage Champagnes.

Honest Cooking -  Top 10 Vintage Champagnes

Honest Cooking - Top 10 Vintage Champagnes

Not only does this Champagne have one of the most gorgeous bottles in the industry, but the wine itself is pretty darn good aswell.

Mid October, Champagne producers gathered in New York, for what has been called the largest Champagne tasting in the US ever. Over 50 producers participated, and over 150 wines were on display.

Digital food and wine magazine Honest Cooking took on the daunting task to taste all of the vintage Champagnes that were on display, and compile a list of the 10 best, that you should celebrate Champagne Day (Oct 26th) drinking.

1. Boizel Brut 2002
Boziel is a 5th generation Champagne house that produces some lovely wines. Their 2002 Brut is round and pleasant, with a nice effervesence. A delightful Champagne from a great Champagne year, and a good wine to pair with veal or seafood.
Price – 60 USD

2. Bollinger Grand Annee 2002
The Grand Annee is this legendary Champagne producer’s prestige wine, only produced on high quality years like 2002. This wine is gorgeous, with a combined balance of power and purity that bares the signature of Bollinger. It is silky with lovely peachy notes and a present minerality. Plus, drinking Bollinger always makes you feel just a little bit like a spy.
Price – 100 USD

3. Pannier Vintage 2005
Serve this to your guests at your next party. It is a classic aperitif Champagne, crispy and cool with clear bread notes. This wine is still young for a vintage, but can absolutely be enjoyed now, and has a great price. Champagne Pannier was founded in 1899, and is currently owned by a group of Champagne growers.
Price – 55 USD

4. Colin Cuvee Roger Adnot 1985
A wine this old will inevitably taste differently from bottle to bottle, and this Champagne is deep, dark, golden and complex. It might turn some people off, as it is way heavier on a palate than a young crisp wine, but I loved it. With notes of raisin, bread and butter, this wine is pure sexiness. Serve it to someone who can appreciate it, your next foodie date perhaps?
Price – 210 USD

5. Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2004
Not only does this Champagne have one of the most gorgeous bottles in the industry, but the wine itself is pretty darn good aswell. This is the perfect date night Champagne, that both looks and tastes of romance.
Price – 175 USD

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