Want a standout champagne for the festivities? Our wine editor picks her favourites this season.
Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rosé NV (Limited Edition Cage)
Already notable for its 17th century bottle design and elegant, toasty berry aromas, Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rosé NV now appears in a limited edition birdcage case with a matching stopper. What’s less obvious is the rare maceration technique used to make this expressive rosé, where only Pinot Noir grapes go through extended skin contact to draw out its juices and colour for greater depth. $155 from www.eWineGallery.com
Champagne Thiénot Brut NV
This highly selective Champagne house has finally landed in Singapore, and we recommend its captivating Brut. Crisp and precise, perfumed and toasty, this is the perfect go-to for fussy palates—it was the pre-show wine for the 2013 and 2014 Oscars. The contemporary label also uses a high ratio of 1er Cru vineyards in their blends. $95 from Berry Bros. & Rudd
Cuvée R. Lalou 1999
This prestige Champagne label is a tribute to G.H. Mumm’s former Cellar Master René Lalou, and the incredible 1999 vintage is one to impress. The assemblage combines the power of Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims Grand Cru with the finesse of the Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, from 12 specific plots. The result is a lively Champagne with accents of nougat and candied peel, and a full finish. Price on application from Pernod Ricard at 6235 5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpt from the December 2014 issue of epicure.