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Toasting the New Year


Matthew DeBord
Posted: December 26, 2001

If ever there were a season to get in the swings of things, to usher out the old year and ring in the new, this is it. In fact, if ever there were a New Year's Eve (or New Year's Day, or New Year's Afternoon, and Day After New Year's Day) that called for all the stops to be pulled out, this one is it.

Therefore: Champagne. Why? Because Champagne and New Year's are, quite simply, made for each other. The bubbles and dropping ball in Times Square. Glasses raised. Toasts to the future. Toasts in honor of the tragic past.

And when it comes to Champagne, Wine Spectator Online has you covered, like a sequined ballgown or a silk tux. There's not a sparkler on our list that won't get you noticed. These are the cream of the crop.

And they're not all wallet-busters, either. Sure, there's king Krug, from 1998, at $220 (and 93 points), but there's also Pannier Brut 1996 at $33 (and 91 points). You'll find a little rosé Champagne as well, if you feel like thinking pink in 2002.

One thing to bear in mind: these bubblies are best served in crystal flutes, not plastic cups. Unless, of course, you happen to find yourself in a place where fancy stemware is not in the picture. Then lift whatever glass you can find. Or cup or canteen. Of plastic or tin or clay. Here's to 2002. To a bright and better year.

Score Price Wine
93 $220 Krug Brut Champagne 1988
92 $60 Delbeck Brut Champagne 1990
92 $77 Jacquesson Brut Champagne Signature 1990
92 $56 J. Lassalle Brut Champagne Special Club 1996
92 $200 Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon 1990
92 $140 Perrier-Jouët Brut Rosé Champagne Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque 1995
92 $63 Pol Roger Brut Rosé Champagne 1995
91 $59 Deutz(France) Brut Rosé Champagne 1996
91 $49 Charles Ellner Brut Champagne 1995
91 $33 Pannier Brut Champagne 1996
90 $47 L. Aubry Fils Brut Champagne Le Nombre d'Or Campanae Veteres Vites 1995
90 $77 Henri Billiot Brut Champagne Cuvée Laetitia NV
90 $52 Deutz(France) Brut Champagne 1995
90 $67 Diebolt-Vallois Brut Champagne Fleur de Passion 1996
90 $34 Duval-Leroy Brut Chardonnay Champagne 1996
90 $60 Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Cuvée Spéciale 1995
90 $45 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne Mis en Cave en 1996 Réserve NV
90 $45 Lanson Brut Champagne Gold Label 1995
90 $135 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne Grand Siècle NV
90 $50 Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Impérial 1995
90 $240 Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne Louise 1992
90 $200 Taittinger Brut Rosé Champagne Comtes de Champagne 1995
90 $68 Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Gold Label Vintage Réserve 1995
89 $56 Paul Bara Brut Champagne Special Club 1996
89 $32 Beaumont des Crayères Brut Rosé Champagne Fleur de Rosé 1995
89 $110 Comte Audoin de Dampierre Brut Champagne Family Réserve 1995
89 $115 Deutz(France) Brut Champagne Cuvée William Deutz 1995
89 $79 Gosset Brut Champagne Grand Millésime 1996
89 $30 Montaudon Brut Champagne 1996
89 $46 Pannier Brut Champagne Egérie 1996
89 $59 Pol Roger Brut Champagne 1995
89 $50 Pommery Brut Champagne 1995
89 $55 Louis Roederer Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne 1995
89 $179 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Cristal 1995
89 $56 A. Soutiran Brut Champagne Millésimé 1996
89 $50 Taittinger Brut Champagne Millésimé 1995
88 $68 Comte Audoin de Dampierre Brut Champagne Grand Vintage 1995
88 $48 Drappier Brut Champagne Carte d'Or 1996
88 $34 Duval-Leroy Brut Rosé Champagne NV
88 $129 Gosset Brut Champagne Celebris 1995
88 $80 Bruno Paillard Brut Champagne 1995
88 $110 Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque 1995
88 $42 Philipponnat Brut Champagne Millésimée Réserve 1993
88 $50 Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne 1995
88 $55 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne 1995
87 $80 Drappier Brut Champagne Grande Sendrée 1995
87 $70 Heidsieck Monopole Brut Champagne Diamant Bleu 1995
87 $50 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne 1993

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