When it comes to New Year’s Eve, it’s all about celebration and Champagne. After all, nothing screams party like a glass of (expensive) bubbly. To that end, we’ve gathered some of our favorite splurge-worthy bottles that will inspire a bright, if pricey, 2016. Go on, you’re worth it.
Armand de Brignac NV Blanc de Noir ($765): If you’re going to party like a rock star, you may as well party like Jay-Z, who owns this bling brand. The gulpable Champ—the label’s first 100% Pinot Noir—delivers a fine stream of diamond-like bubbles, with lush flavors of citrus, berries and toast, which then lingers like a particularly addictive song. If Beyoncé can get away with pouring Ace of Spades—the brand’s nickname—into a hot tub like it’s no big deal, you can too… Right? —J.H.
Billecart Salmon 2002 Cuvée Nicolas Francois Billecart Brut ($215): When it comes to the whole New Year’s hullabaloo, you’re all “been there, done that.” Make the holiday your own this year by inviting a few close friends over to watch the ball drop, paired perfectly with this luminous Champagne. The ripe 2002 vintage yields a ripe, rich wine that’s all lively lime, zest and grapefruit on the nose, striking the right mood for intimate festivities. On the palate, generous, comforting biscuit flavors meld with apricot marmalade, and as you take a sip, you can’t help but think that 2015 wasn’t half bad. —J.H.
Duval-Leroy 2000 Femme de Champagne ($120): Enjoy sultry sips of this purposefully feminine Champagne while channeling the elegance of Hollywood Golden Age starlets. Poised perfectly between youthful fruit and elegant maturity, this Champagne is dazzling. —F.A.
Louis Roederer 2007 Cristal ($249): This iconic Champagne transforms every occasion into a star-studded bash. Is that Angelina Jolie? No, it’s you! Stop looking in the mirror, and pour yourself Cristal while marveling at the New Year’s Eve fireworks. If nothing else, know that you are starting off 2016 with the right glass. —F.A.
Krug Grande Cuvee Brut ($170): This layered Champagne feels both fresh and ancient. Its uplifting notes of pear and honey are supported by its broad and commanding structure. It encourages the carefree glamour and sparkling Instagram posts that dreams are made of. —F.A.
Moët Chandon 2006 Dom Perignon Brut ($180): It’s not very often a Champagne house declares five vintages in a row, but enter Dom Perignon’s 2006 bottling, an excellent addition to its line-up starting with the ’02. Dom is one of few names that call to mind Gatsby-esque indulgence, and this bottle is no different. Shimmering bubbles give way to generous lemon curd and fresh baked brioche. While the wine could do well with a few years in bottle, that shouldn’t stop you from popping it open now. —J.H.
Pol Roger 2004 Sir Winston Churchill ($305): Indulge in the bold and the beautiful with this Pinot Noir-heavy Champagne. Robust and demanding your full attention, do not overlook its nuance and quiet elegance. Inspire a night of opulence by serving with a dinner as dramatic as those found on our favorite episodes of Downton Abbey. —F.A.