What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?

And finally… getting the most from Champagne

Stemware such as the Riedel Veritas Champagne flute is designed to maximise the appealing aromas inherent in Champagne, while also drawing attention to the pretty lines of bubbles in the fizz

Whichever Champagne you choose to buy from this list, none of them should disappoint if you purchase them from a retailer with either a high turnover of fizz, or good storage conditions, but beware of the bottle gathering dust under a spotlight – heat and light will ruin the drink.

However, there are certain things you can do to improve the Champagne experience when you’re back at home, or wherever you choose to consume the fizz.

One of these is to chill the Champagne, but not too much. Serving it straight from an ice bucket or fridge may ensure that the Champagne cools you down, but if it’s super-chilled, you will lose the desireable, subtle complexities in the wine.

So, take it out of the fridge or ice bucket at least five minutes before serving, unless, of course, you’re drinking it in extreme heat.

Then there’s the choice of glassware. This should be designed to maximise the appealing aromas inherent in Champagne, while also drawing attention to the pretty lines of bubbles in this lightly golden liquid.

Doing both brilliantly is a tulip-shaped flute, such as Riedel’s Veritas, which will show off the fizz visually, while also capturing Champagne’s range of characters, from honey and lemon, to apple and pineapple, along with grilled nuts, butter and white bread.

Finally, you might want to consider cellaring the above Brut Non-Vintage Champagnes. While we wouldn’t suggest keeping them for several years, storing them in a dark, cool place (13 degrees Celsius being the ideal) for six to 12 months can benefit the wines, allowing them to take on a slightly more honeyed characters, which are a consequence of the gradual evolution of the fruit flavours in the bottle.

11 Responses to “What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?”

  1. Tim Ambler says:

    What champagnes were tasted other than the five reported?

  2. Great review of champagnes – but what glass was used for the tasting: the flute that was recently scorned by one house, the old fashioned saucer, or another whose name we should be told?

  3. Christine says:

    Which Champagne will you be featuring in part 2?

  4. Patrick Schmitt says:

    We use Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic white wine glasses.

  5. This trend of the consumer has occurred in Spain and in particular in the largest consumer and production region, Catalonia.
    At the moment the cavas / wines sparkling brut nature are the greater part of the offer

    Content of sugar:

    BRUT NATURE Hasta 3 g/l y sin adición de azúcar
    EXTRA BRUT Hasta 6 g/l
    BRUT Hasta 12 g/l
    EXTRA SECO Entre 12 y 17 g/l
    SECO Entre 17 y 32 g/l
    SEMI SECO Entre 32 y 50 g/l
    DULCE Más de 50 g/l

    Wines Inform Assessors, Barcelona

  6. Patrick Schmitt says:

    The top 10 are now featured in this list, with the extra five best-sellers being Canard-Duchêne, Lanson, Piper-Hiedsieck, Pommery and Taittinger.

  7. Chris says:

    Quantity and quality rarely make good bedfellows.

  8. Johan Tan says:

    I’m surprised that they didn’t include Louis Roederer in this list. But i guess they only picked the brands with more than 4 million bottles sold in 2015…

  9. Chris says:

    Yeah it’s an interesting list. Must have a price point feature or bottle caps. I would put in a big shout for Charles hiedsick,

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