Best Sparkling Wine 2016

Not just for celebrations, bubbles make terrific food partners. Typically dry, fresh, and cleansing, try with truffled popcorn, crab sushi, or Scotch eggs.

December 1, 2015

By DJ Kearney / Photo: Eydis Einarsdóttir

BEST SPARKLING

CATEGORY WINNER: Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
France
$60.99 +884775

In stiff sparkling competition, Champagne’s Charles Heidsieck prevailed, enticing judges with precision and richness. Our winner blends all three champagne grapes and adds 40% old reserve wines before aging three years in the bottle you buy. This is not the norm for non-vintage wines, and that’s the secret to its rich weight and refinement. A superior champagne from an iconic house at a terrific price.

 

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Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut
France
$49.99+546390

Quite possibly the greatest champagne value going

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Michel Loriot Blanc de Noirs Authentic Meunier Brut 
France
$52.99+593434

Unique and weighty champagne features 100% pinot meunier

 

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Giusti Cuvée Extra Brut
Italy
$65.43 +42044

Sophisticated, distinctive sparkler combines chardonnay and glera grapes

 

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Vaporetto Prosecco Brut
Italy
$17.29 +99986

Refined, dry-tasting prosecco for your daily bubbly needs

 

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier
France
$61.99 +268771

Tiny bubbles, racy acidity, and elegance from a great champagne house

 

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Codorniu Clasico Brut
Spain
$13.99 +503490

Best buy for your next house party

 

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Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé
New Zealand
$22.49 +772079

Pretty, pink, perfectly pitched bubbles from a crowd favourite

 

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Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée
Australia
$25.99  +589341

Premium sparkling wine from cool-climate Tasmania

 

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Lanson Black Label Brut
France
$57.99 +41889

Rich and toasty, this champagne is for food pairing

 

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Bailly LaPierre Crémant de Bourgogne Réserve
France +657742
$24.49

Perennial winner offers champagne-like experience for a steal

 

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Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut
France
$55.99 +477372

Top-quality Grand Cru grower champagne combines power and elegance

 

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Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Brut 2008
Canada
$43.49 +313106

Quickly becoming one of Canada’s cult wines

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Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012
Australia
$24.99 +218578

Stylish and well-priced Aussie bubbly over-delivers yet again

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