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The Best Champagne Brands For All of Your Celebrations

All the bubbly you should pop, from date night to your big day.
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There's no bad time of the year to sip champagne, just like there's no bad time of the year to celebrate, but with prime champagne drinking season upon us, some tipplers can feel overwhelmed by the plethora of options. Whether you're looking for the ideal bottle to pair with a romantic dinner, the right cuvée for gifting, or a perfect sip to celebrate a special occasion, we've taken the guesswork out of choosing. Below, find a few of our very favorite bottles that are sure to please every palate.

Pol Roger Brut Champagne

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Celebrate like a royal with this champagne, which was the official bubbly of Harry and Meghan's wedding as well as William and Kate's (it's also said to have been the top pick of Winston Churchill.) This fruit-forward champagne boasts notes of berries and citrus, with just enough minerality to keep it crisp. 

Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs

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This 100 percent chardonnay bottle offers a beautiful expression of blanc de blancs for fans of the style (and for those who just don't know they're fans yet.) Its full-bodied mousse and toasty profile give way to notes of honey, almond, and fragrant fruits like peach and green apple. 

Champagne Palmer & Co. Brut Reserve

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This French favorite is finally becoming readily available in the US, and we're all the luckier for it. With a forward palette that's rich with citrus and pear accented by undertones of toasted nuts and buttery pastry, this full, mature bottle will be a hit with true champagne lovers. 

Moet & Chandon Imperial

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The bright acidity and red fruit zip of this bottle are offset by flavors of toasted nuts and baked bread thanks to the brand's mix of pinot noir and pinot meunier varietals in nearly equal portions. Pair it with a classic roast chicken to take your dinner party to a whole new level, or serve with dollops of fresh whipped cream and sliced stone fruit for an effortlessly decadent final course. 

Bollinger Special Cuvee

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James Bond may be British, but his go-to bubbly is decidedly French. In addition to being the official champagne brand of James Bond, this bottle's notes of red currant, creme brûlée, and subtle baking spice make it an ideal partner for seafood courses and cheese plates—even festive turkey dinner.

Dom Perignon 2008

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If you're going to go for vintage (the only type of wines that renowned champagne house Dom Perignon produces) don't skimp. This bottling, named for the Benedictine monk who, according to legend, was the father of the champagne style, has a decadent, creamy flavor with notes of white flowers, berries, and toasted pastry.

More: Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

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Named for the Grande Dame of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot. Veuve is French for widow, a nod to Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot who took over the family's champagne house after her husband's death in the early 19th century and transformed the brand into an international powerhouse. This justifies its iconic status with a well-balanced, pinot noir-forward wine that suits just as well with a first course as it does on its own. 

More: The Founding Mothers of Champagne

G.H. Mumm Brut Grand Cordon

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For racing fans, this eye-catching bubbly—a longtime partner with the Kentucky Derby—is just the ticket. The palette keeps things fresh with a healthy dose of citrus and juicy stonefruit, balanced out by a rich, toasty hit of freshly baked bread—the perfect champagne for sipping all day long. 

Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

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This bright, zesty champagne with notes of apricot, baked bread, and red fruit really wakes up the palate, making it a perfect sip to start a meal or to refresh the palate between the main course and dessert. After all, what says "celebration" more than a champagne course? 

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut

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Blended primarily from pinot noir grapes, with a smaller proportion of chardonnay and pinot meunier, this cuvée carries toasty notes of freshly-baked brioche and rich stone fruit, pear, and apple. The fine mousse contributes to a juicy quality that makes it a good pairing for party noshing. 

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008

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Treat yourself like a king with a bottle of this champagne which was originally designed in 1876 specifically to suit the tastes of  Tsar Alexander II. The 2008—the most recent vintage of Cristal from the Louis Roederer estate—in particular, has earned rave reviews for its balanced intensity and crispness with notes of red berries, lemon, fresh bread, and subtle spices. 

Taittinger Brut La Francaise Champagne

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With a higher proportion of chardonnay than your typical non-vintage champagne, this bottle provides a fresh, crisp palate of citrus and mineral notes that would be the perfect complement to fresh seafood—because nothing says "party" like champagne and oysters. 

Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs

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Bring a regal touch to your table with a blanc de blancs from the champagne house that was once declared the Official Supplier to the Imperial and Royal Court of Austria. This 100% chardonnay bottle has bright, zippy fruit flavors cut through with a crisp minerality; a hint of honey and pastry round it out for an ideal wine to pair with fresh shellfish—oysters and champagne, anyone?

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

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As the delicate blooms on its label suggest, this bottle strikes a delicate note of white florals that give way to a more vivacious palate marked by lemon, apricot, honey, and butter. If that sounds like a decadent dessert, then take that as a cue and serve it alongside one—you won't miss the coffee service at all. 

Krug Grande Cuvee Brut with Gift Box

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For those who prefer champagne with a rounder flavor profile, this cuvée, made with a blend of 140 wines from 13 different years, going as far back as 1998. Rich with stone fruit and citrus with just an edge of spice and hint of chocolate, this is a bottle that deserves to be appreciated entirely on its own. 

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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