The high cost of Champagne can have as much to do with hype as it does with quality. Here are three that live up to their sticker shock.
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Bodyguard, $54.95
This Champagne comes in a festive red case—or, if you’re unmoved by faux snakeskin, unadorned. Pour with brie or camembert.
Ponce notes: “Delivering the most bang for the buck on the LCBO’s general list, this sparkler offers layers of crunchy apples, toast, and spice with a tight, tangy finish.”
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, $65.95
This entry-level label is a 40/40/20 blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Munier, and Chardonnay. Try with turkey.
Ponce notes: “A quick whiff reveals aromas of citrus and challah. Rich and toasty, this wine also has enough lemony acidity to make you keen for the next sip.”
Louis Roederer Brut Premier, $68.95
Save $5 on this bottle from Vintages Essentials until January 5. Start shucking oysters, then pop the cork.
Ponce notes: “Powerful, balanced, and complex, this wine has a lot going on. Expect ginger-apple flavours, a creamy mousse, and a long, zesty finish.”