The ICONIC LIFE team shares their favorite champagne brands just in time for the new year.
The countdown has started for the new year. As we say goodbye to the fleeting moments of 2023 with last minute grocery store runs for “Happy New Year” decor or scrambling to finalize all the details for the exciting evening that is hours away, there is one detail that should not be overlooked, what champagne do we pop when the ball drops?
Luckily, we have configured a list of our favorite champagne brands to ring in the new year with.
Ace of Spades:
Armand De Brignac or Ace of Spades is a French champagne brand originally created by the Cattier family. You may recognize this bottle from the hit music video “Show Me What You Got” by the current co-owner of the brand, Jay-Z. After discovering the brand in New York, Jay-Z fell in love with it and bought them out. Armand De Brignac is now owned by both Jay-Z and LVMH. The packaging is just as impressive as the champagne itself, with an ICONIC gold coating over the bottle, this champagne is easy to spot on the shelf.
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Moet & Chandon:
Claude Moët, a wine merchant in Épernay, founded Moët & Chandon in 1743. With the values of innovation and unequaled winemaking, Moët’s champagne quickly became the most sought after champagne in Europe. Moët’s grandson turned this popular European champagne into a brand that is adorned internationally. Today, Moët & Chandon is an established brand with a reputation of excellence.
Cristal champagne was originally created to satisfy the needs of Tsar Alexander II. Louis Roederer, founder of Cristal, was asked to reserve the best cuvée for him every year. This champagne maintained its popularity and now satisfies people internationally. These champagnes are aged for six years and eight months before hitting the shelves. This remarkable champagne is perfect for ringing in the new year with opulence.
It’s no surprise that this ICONIC yellow label champagne is on our list. Veuve Clicquot was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot when he decided to turn his vineyard to make a profit and start a wine business. When Philippe’s son, Francois Clicquot dies, his widowed wife, Madame Clicquot takes over, making her the first business woman of modern times. Under Madame Clicquot’s control the region’s first champagne was created in 1810. It didn’t take long for the champagne to gain popularity and recognition across the globe, countries like Russia had developed a curiosity and liking for the brand. By crossing boundaries and breaking rules, Madame Clicquot developed the first rosé d’assemblage by blending red wine with her champagne in 1818. It wasn’t until 1877 that the well-known yellow label was introduced by Veuve Clicquot. Today, Veuve Clicquot is renowned for its quality champagne and rich history as a pioneer in the wine industry.
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The pièce de résistance of rosé is no other than Billecart Salmon. In 1818 Nicolas François Billecart and Elizabeth Salmon eloped.This union meant the birth of the Billecart Salmon wine brand. Billecart Salmon was a symbol of opulence and status and even took part in the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. After a rough period of sales in 1919, Billecart Salmon initiated a revolution in quality. With longer fermentation periods and lower temperatures, Billecart Salmon regained its freshness and finesse, which are now defining characteristics of Billecart Salmon wines. And a personal favorite for publisher, Renee Dee.
Whichever champagne is your go-to, We at ICONIC LIFE wish you a happy and safe New Year. Cheers!