The best champagnes to ring in the new year

We can already hear the chorus of the New Year’s countdown tingling, and for those looking to ring in the New Year in style, either at a party you’re hosting or as a guest, champagne comes in handy, darling.

Champagne and celebration will forever be linked, and popping the corks is associated with exuberance, the sight of bubbles rising to the surface.

This festive season, especially New Year’s Eve, say cheers to these champagnes, which are great for a festive celebration.

Four champagnes for the new year

The Maison: Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon: Rose Imperial, champagne for New Year's Eve.  Image: Included
Champagne for New Year’s Eve, Moët & Chandon: Rose Imperial. Image: Included

With over 279 years of history, Moët & Chandon has achieved social status in certain circles, associated with luxury and upscale events. For 2022, the French Grande Maison that brought Champagne to the world has released a special edition gift box containing Brut Impérial, Nectar Impérial or Rosé Impérial.

Price: Choose between; Brut Impérial, R649.95 Nectar Impérial, R749.95 or Rosé Impérial, R799.95

Maison Ruinart

Maison Ruinart, Champagne Blanc de Blanc.  Image: Included
Maison Ruinart; Blanc de Blanc, sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve Picture: Supplied

Maison Ruinart is known for innovation and “environmental practices”. They have created a gift box that is recyclable, made from 99% paper and has a 60% CO₂ reduction.

The sensual shape of the case is reminiscent of the way maître d’s (the best) wrap their bottles in a white napkin – which can be used to better preserve your champagne and can be dipped in ice for effective cooling.

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This champagne is perfect for aperitifs, especially in summer. The Blanc de Blancs goes wonderfully with seafood and shellfish.

Price: Blanc de Blanc, R1 399.95

Veuve Clicquot

Champagne for the New Year, Veuve Clicquot.  Image: Included
Champagne for New Year’s Eve, Veuve Clicquot. Image: Included

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Veuve Clicquot, they have released their ICONS collector’s edition, inspired by the classic SMEG fidge, paying homage to a history of “solaire” culture, design and innovation – and 100% sustainable.

Keep your champagne chilled for up to two hours and chill before gathering with friends and family as the sun performs its daily finale and we promise you’ll be in the good books by next Christmas

Price: ICONS Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Fridge x Smeg R799.95

Lady Gaga and Dom Perignon

Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon, champagne for the New Year.  Image: Included
Lady Gaga and Dom Perignon. Image: Included

International pop superstar and actress Lady Gaga has teamed up with Dom Pérignon for a bold collaboration.

Through creative liberty with the help of Chef de Cave, her Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008: Lady Gaga Limited Edition has been described as a high-pitched balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, what the Maison called “a cheeky marvel”.

The packaging is eye-catching with detailed undulating, shifting elements in a shock of liquid magenta.

Price: Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008: Lady Gaga Limited Edition, R4 399.99

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