Pop the Champagne! The Best Bottles for Every Budget
New Year's Eve is all about the bubbly, but, let's face it: Scanning the myriad options at your local wine store can be exhausting, not to mention confusing. That's why we solicited the expert advice of Jordan Lari, who serves as Beverage Director of The Gander, Jesse Schenker's brand-new restaurant in N.Y.C.'s Chelsea neighborhood. The drink maestro carefully selected the best bottles to pick up at a range of prices. Scroll down to see his picks!
"What I love about this wine is that it really screams, 'I'm Riesling!' It's a touch dry, but packs a dazzling acidity and a palate that makes it very pleasing and leaves you wanting more."
Pehu Simmonet Brut Rose; $38.
"This rosé is undoubtedly one of the best value buys on the market. It's 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and tastes of tart red fruit flavors like strawberry and raspberry. There's also a floral quality almost like lavender. It's super delicious!"
Pascal Doquet Brut, Le Mesnil Sur Oger NV; $39.
"This is an excellent everyday champagne. It has rich, full notes of toasted brioche and golden apple, as well as citrus and acacia accents."
"Larmandier has always been a go-to for classic, elegant, and relatively affordable Champagne. This bright, crisp, slightly fruity but refined rosé combines the richness of Chardonnay with the bright red fruit of Pinot Noir. It features strawberry and red cherry fruit with hints of toast and brambly raspberry accents."
Doyard "Collection de l'An" Oeil de Perdrix; $75.
"This wine is made mostly of Pinot Noir, which gives it fine, racy structure. Raspberry and brambly red fruit notes mix with toasty notes of autolysis."
Nathalie Falmet "Le Val Cornet" Brut NV; $80.
"This bottle is made from equal parts Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine is fermented in tank and then in old Burgundy barrels. It's a rollercoaster ride of flavor: honey, spice, and pear can all be detected. The taste is lush and rich and ranks as a great value in comparison to wines from top Champagne houses."
—With reporting by Anne Kim