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As the go-to for a toast, a celebration, or any kind of party, Champagne is one of the few alcoholic drinks that most people will enjoy at least a couple of times a year. However with a glut of brands on the market and most bottles going for a higher price, it can be hard to pick a winner.
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on extensive research, personal experience, and real customer reviews. For each category, we selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review scores from both experts and consumers.
When looking for a great Champagne, you can't go past the classics. While some of the most well-known Champagne houses rely more on their brand name than on the product, there's a reason Bollinger has such a great reputation as a bottle to celebrate with. Bollinger is one of the most popular champagnes according to Dan Murphy's customer reviews, with an average rating of 4.8 stars from over 50 users. At around $80 a bottle, Bollinger's non-vintage offering easily competes with Champagnes at twice its price, boasting a full, toasty character that is the very definition of decadence.
Australian sparkling wines can no longer legally be labelled as Champagne, yet it could be argued that the best Australian drops hold their own against many of the French classics. South Australian winemaker Grant Burge's dry Pinot Noir Chardonnay is one of the best cheap sparkling wines on the market, often available at under $20. Boasting over 120 positive reviews on Dan Murphy's website, this sparkling is a cheaper go-to for many Australians. With a rich, full-bodied taste rivalling French Champagnes over twice its price, this non-vintage Grant Burge sparkling is a reliable pick for toasting that won't break the bank.
For a big celebration, an expensive bottle of Champagne is called for. For this, you can't go past a name synonymous with luxury: Dom Pérignon. Due to the complexities of winemaking in the Champagne region, not every year gets a vintage release--but the ones that do are truly special. This 2008 vintage has been lauded by reviewers, though Champagne connoisseurs will be even better rewarded if they have the patience to age it for another five years. Despite the hefty price tag, the 2008 Dom is one of Amazon's top-selling Champagnes, with an average review score of 4.6 from over 80 reviews. As with other vintage Champagnes, you can expect the 2008 Dom to show far more complexity and sophistication than its non-vintage brothers, with strong citrus notes followed by the fuller, toasty character of a fantastic Champagne.
While Billecart-Salmon produces a fantastic white Champagne, its Brute Rosé is where the French brand shines. Pink sparkling often gets a bad rap for being overly fruity or sweet, but Billecart-Salmon provides an offering that's delicate, refined, and oh so drinkable. Another Champagne that's popular on Amazon, the Brut Rosé has a customer score of 4.8 and is well-reviewed by Dan Murphy's customers as well. Billecart-Salmon's Rosé is outstanding for its freshness, boasting notes of raspberries with a lingering finish. While it's more expensive than other rose options from French producers, Billecart's quality means it's worth every penny.
One of notable Australian wine critic James Halliday's favourite French Champagnes, Pol Roger is also a favourite of Australian consumers, boasting an average customer rating of 4.9 on Dan Murphys. Its refined style makes Pol Roger a perfect alternative for those who find Bollinger or Veuve too big and rich, favouring crisp apple and citrus notes balanced with the rich brioche flavours. As less of a well-known name than other big Champagne houses, Pol Roger is also a perfect choice for those looking to surprise friends with something new.
While Australian Champagnes are often seen as the budget alternative to expensive French Champagnes, some of Australia's premium products hold their own with the best the Champagne region has to offer. Tasmanian winery House of Arras is in this category with the E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2005 vintage, another James Halliday favourite that has been given plenty of time on lees to age and grow into a beautiful wine. Having been awarded 2020's best sparkling wine, consumers agree, with an average rating of 5 stars on Dan Murphy's website. A balanced and elegant sparkling wine, critics agree House of Arras holds its own with French Champagnes sold at far higher prices. If the price tag is still too much for an Australian wine, however, House of Arras's lower-priced sparklings also come highly recommended.
It's nice to be able to enjoy a bottle of bubbly even when you're not partaking in alcohol. Luckily there's a number of non-alcoholic sparkling wines on the market. Edenvale's Sparkling Cuvee is a de-alcoholised wine, giving it a traditional flavour and character with none of the alcohol. This means there still may be small traces of alcohol, but no more than 0.5% by volume. Edenvale's alcohol-removed bubbly is Australia's favourite non-alcoholic sparkling option, with an average rating of 4.5 on Dan Murphys. While the category is clearly a hard thing to get right, reviewers agree Edenvale is a great option for those avoiding alcohol.
We selected the champagnes on this list based on a decade of tasting and reviewing experience. We also analysed the average customer ratings at ecommerce sites like Amazon, Dan Murphy's and BWS (as of November 2020).
We carefully collected data from each review to identify recurring pros and cons for each product. Review volume and quality were also factored into our shortlist. Where multiple products had similar review scores, price was the deciding factor. Finally, we corroborated our choices with other professional review sites to identify any anomalies.
For the purposes of this list, we considered both champagne and sparkling wines from other regions, depending on the category. Each shortlist was based on customer reviews, professional opinion pieces and the writer's personal experience as a wine salesperson.We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias. However, Finder may receive compensation when you click some links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners and why you can trust our guides.
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