FINE Champagne’s 100 Best Champagnes for 2016

FINE Champagne and select the World’s Best Champagne – The winner is Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle

FINE Champagne magazine, the international publication devoted to champagne and, the World’s largest wine information source, announce their list of the ‘100 Best Champagnes for 2016’.

After days of blind-tasting hundreds of champagnes, the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it into the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting by our editorial board and guest specialists can warmly be recommended. Still, there can only be one winner.

In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000, in 2014 to Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 and last year to Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002.

This year awards a multi-vintaged prestige cuvée as Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle claims the title of ‘Best Champagne for 2016’.

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1         Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV                                       95,75p

2         Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003                                                   95,25p

3         Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV                                 94,50p

4         Dom Pérignon Brut 2006                                                  94,25p

5         Krug Vintage 2003                                                             93,75p

6         Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV                                 93,50p

7         Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne magnum 1996        93,25p

8         Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006                           93,00p

8         Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995                 93,00p

10       Henriot Rosé Millésime 2008                                             92,50p

10       Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006                             92,50p


Grand Siècle – a multi-vintaged winner full of dimensions

Grand Siècle HDA great Champagne figurehead and believer in the region’s terroir, Bernard de Nonancourt visioned Laurent-Perrier’s style to be one of freshness and elegance. De Nonancourt created the house’s celebrated prestige cuvée Grand Siècle, which at the time of its launch in 1959 was one of the first prestige cuvées and the very first multi-vintaged one. Stylistically Grand Siècle is a champagne of freshness, elegance and tightly-knit complexity. Laurent-Perrier chooses not to communicate the three vintages used for each multi-vintage wine, but still each cuvée is naturally unique. Our panel was charmed by the current blend’s ample yeast-derived complexity, lovely gunpowdery coolness and toasty exuberance.

FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the vast offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.

View full list of ‘100 Best Champagnes for 2016’ here.

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