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Festive Fizz: Champagne & Sparkling Wine for the Party Season

Conversation may run dry this Christmas but the bar certainly won’t with our guide to the best bottles to pop this Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2017

Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis Blanc de Blancs 2006

Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. Ahead of the bicentenary, the historic champagne label has launched a luxurious gift set that honours Louis Salmon, brother of Elisabeth and a key figure in the history of the house.

The set includes a Cuvée Louis Blanc de Blancs 2006, which perfectly represents Salmon’s noble character, bubbling with personality. The opulent bottle is paired with an elegant carafe, which makes for the perfect party accessory and a timeless gift.

£190, champagnedirect.co.uk

Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage

“Come quickly! I am drinking the stars,” cried cellar master Dom Pierre Pérignon upon trying his now iconic champagne. A starry tipple this Christmas is the Dom Pérignon 2009. It is the first time that a vintage has been released in non-chronological order, with the 2008 vintage scheduled for release next year. This silky champagne combines spicy green grapefruit and guava with peach and nectarine for an textured, luxurious finish that pairs well with seafood, salads and the requisite Christmas cheeseboard. 

£129, 31dover.com; spend more than £79 on 31dover.com and receive a free bottle of Riondo Collezione Prosecco

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé Champagne

An opulent centrepiece on any Christmas dinner table is a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé Champagne. The sophisticated Cuvée came to fruition when Florens-Louis Heidsieck was tasked with creating a tipple for Marie Antoinette. Blending 17 grape varieties, the vibrant champagne partners Chardonnay and Pinot noir wines and sparkles with aristocratic history. 

£325, hedonsim.co.uk

PIAFF Champagne

PIAFF Champagne has spent this year establishing its name in London at the Hampton Court Palace Festival and the BBC Good Food Show. The UK-based, independent champagne house offers a creamy Brut, rich with apple, pear and brioche notes, and a sweet and refreshing pink Rosé. Opt for the Holiday Special case of six bottles and add the limited-edition sabre sword for some daring and effervescent entertainment this Christmas.

PIAFF Holiday Special mixed case of 6 bottles, £170.00; £230 including sabre sword, champagnepiaff.com

Krug Grande Cuvée

Forget Brussel sprouts, there’s a new vegetable de jour this Christmas. Krug, King of Cuvee, has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell on a unique cookbook that elevates the humble mushroom. The cookbook is the third instalment of Krug’s innovative ‘Single Ingredient’ campaign, which each year highlights the extraordinary versatility of a kitchen staple. 

Each recipe is designed to pair with Krug’s masterful Grande Cuvée, a blend of more than 120 wines from ten or more different years. 

RRP £150-£265 depending on champagne

Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2009

Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2009 makes for a vivacious companion this holiday season. The latest addition to the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection blends vanilla, candied berry and gingerbread notes for an elegant and supple pour that works as a lively aperitif and also pairs well with food.

£47, selfridges.com

Champagne Lanson Music Gift Box

Back by popular demand is the innovative, party-starting Champagne Lanson Music Gift Box. The limited-edition tin doubles up as a portable music speaker for smartphones and was awarded the 2017 Formes de Luxe Award for creative packaging. The music box is available with the sophisticated Black Label and the popular candy pink Rose Label, which sparkles with summer berries.

The Lanson Black Label Music Gift Box is priced at £39.99 and the Rose Label Music Gift Box is priced at £44.99, exclusive to selfridges.com

Bottega Stardust

The most luxurious prosecco available this Christmas has to be a glittering bottle of Bottega Stardust, adorned with a constellation of scintillating crystal stars. The pour is equally sparkling, with a fresh, light and fruity aroma. Set the bottle in your living room once finished and use as a disco ball.

£110, amazon.com

Renegade & Longton Elderflower and Rhubarb Sparkling Wine

For something different this Christmas, try the new Elderflower and Rhubarb Sparkling Wine by Renegade & Longton, which swaps grapes for vibrant fruits and flowers to create a fresh and piquant, unique fizz. Like us, you'll be sold from the first sip. The red label is also wonderfully festive and makes for a great party gift.

£18.00, notonthehighstreet.com

Chandon Sparkling Wine

When it doesn’t need to be champagne, Chandon is a trustworthy sparkling wine for Christmas. The Brut is a sophisticated blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while the Rosé adds a splash of Malbec for a crisp, sweet finish. More expensive than prosecco but cheaper than champagne, these elegant bottles continue to populate the middle market.

Grapes are plucked from estate-owned vineyards located in the foothills of Andes, Argentina and each bottle comes with the esteemed Moët & Chandon guarantee. 

£17.99, clos19.com

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