Most everyone enjoys celebrating New Year’s Eve with a bottle of some kind of bubbly and while Champagne still reigns supreme on this night, there are plenty of good, value-priced counterparts from other regions to choose from as well.
With the exception of one bottle, you’ll notice that my picks for this round are all Brut’s as they tend to be the most food-friendly and refreshing in many aspects. If you’d like to find wines on towards the sweeter side then look for bubbly that’s labeled “dry” or “extra dry” – both of which are sweeter than Brut.
Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Blancs:
This is easily the most affordable “Blanc de Blancs” (white of whites) style of bubbly I can think of that still offers a great deal of complexity and is made in “Méthode Champenoise” – which is the French way of making Champagne. It’s a non-vintage bottle that is made from 100% Chardonnay and goes with a huge variety of foods thanks to it’s overall dryness:
On the nose: Aromas of pear, pineapple, baked bread and granny smith apples.
On the palate: Stone fruit, citrus, green apples with slight undertones of honeysuckle and a coconut/hazelnut component.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut ‘Blue Label’:
Also a non-vintage, but instead this is a Champagne and is one of the brands owned by Chateau Ste. Wine Estates. It’s a blend of 100 to 150 single cru vineyards:
20% Chardonnay grape for elegance and delicacy
40% Pinot Noir for roundness and structure
40% Pinot Meunier for fruitiness
On the nose: Floral and fruity with a subtle predominance of white fruits; pear, apple, quince, fig and hazelnuts.
On the palate: A very dry wine that brings out flavors of white peaches, stone fruit, fig, biscuits and fig-newtons.
2010 Simonnet Cremant De Bourgogne Brut:
While this is also a bottle from France, it comes to us from the Burgundy region and also features Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot Noir (40%) grapes. It’s imported by Louis Latour and has a totally different profile than Champagne thanks to Burgundy’s unique terroir.
On the nose: A slight hint of baked bread, along with notes of banana, mango, pineapple and pie crust.
On the palate: Very refreshing – a vibrant bottle that has a good sense of citrus, dryness and slight hints of stone fruit.
Jaffelin Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut:
A beautiful blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay fruits from the Burgundy region that provide the festive bubbles we enjoy with a touch of pink.
On the nose: Blackcurrants, strawberries, forest floor and leather.
On the palate: Beautiful layers of black fruit, spice, strawberries, raspberries with leather and white pepper.
Jaffelin Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Brut:
Using between 80-90% Chardonnay grapes in this blend make it out to be a very fresh bottle that ‘ll go great with seafood, white meats and fish.
On the nose: A rather complex wine that has nice aromas of flowers, blood orange, lemon, kiwi along with a slight hint of butter.
On the palate: The complexity is retained here and represents a very nice combination of freshness, a hint of the old-world and plenty of citrus to keep things vibrant.