The Best Champagnes to Keep on Board Your Superyacht
by Jennifer Read-Dominguez
Bollinger Rosé NV
Bollinger started production in 1829 and has since become a favourite of James Bond, enjoyed by the gentleman spy in movies including Skyfall and Spectre. With flavours of red currant, cherry and wild strawberry, this Bollinger is a versatile drink. It can be served alongside a celebratory afternoon tea, paired with a lobster dinner or complimented with a fruity dessert.
Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut
First introduced in 1869, Moët Impérial is the House’s most iconic champagne. Crafted from more than 100 different wines, this golden fizz is best served alongside seafood meals or puddings featuring peach or pear. It is described as having 'blonde' notes of brioche and fresh nuts, complemented by hints of green apple, citrus and white flowers.
Ayala 2012 Blanc de Blancs
This 2012 Blanc de Blancs by Ayala, the 150-year-old sister house of Bollinger, lives up to the family reputation. Made from 100% chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs region, this champagne has yellow plum and citrus notes with floral highlights of frangipani. It is ideal for serving as an aperitif or pairs nicely with scallops and fish.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Tokyo Edition
The beautiful packaging of this limited edition champagne makes it ideal as a gift for a superyacht host. The Tokyo edition of the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut cuvée is the follow-up to the Miami, London and Shanghai collections. The packaging was designed by digital artist Miguel Chevalier and features detailed illustrations of iconic symbols from Japan; crane birds, Mount Fuji and Japanese white anemones are intertwined with the Tokyo skyline on a gift box made from the finest white paper. The detailed packaging of this champagne is a nod to the culture of Japan, which is the largest market for the champagne House.
Inside, a champagne as elegant as its presentation is revealed. This Perrier-Jouët is blended from around 50 different crus, with delicate aromas of fresh flowers, yellow fruit and vanilla.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut NV
Sometimes only pink fizz will cut it and Veuve Clicquot’s, with its familiar anchor logo, is as good as it gets. It’s the first blended rosé Champagne, created in 1818 by Widow Clicquot herself, and full of raspberry, strawberry and ripe cherry fruit.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV
Charles Heidsieck (the original Champagne Charlie) was recently somewhat in the doldrums but its latest releases have stunned critics. Today, it’s one of the best non-vintage champagnes that money can buy, full of toast, brioche, caramel, butterscotch and white peaches.
2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
According to James Bond in Casino Royale, Taittinger’s Blanc de Blancs “is probably the finest champagne in the world”. The 2006 incarnation is full of ripe citrus notes, honeysuckle and toasted brioche.
Ayala Brut Nature NV
Sister house of mighty Bollinger, Ayala is the pouring brand in many of London’s finest restaurants and its Brut Nature – fresh, zesty, slightly savoury and with no added sugar to speak of – is famously food-friendly.
2006 Pol Roger Brut Vintage
Everyone knows that Pol Roger was Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne and it never fails to impress. The 2006 Brut Vintage might possibly be its best ever: elegant, stylish, precise; it’s what fine vintage champagne is all about.
£270 for six bottles, bbr.com
Krug Grande Cuvée 163ème Édition Brut
This opulent beauty is the 163rd Grande Cuvée release since Krug’s foundation in 1843. A remarkable example of the winemaker’s art, it’s a blend of nearly 200 wines from a dozen vintages and is elegance personified.
Delamotte Brut NV
One of the oldest champagne producers (est 1760), Delamotte is sister house to the celebrated Salon and its Brut NV is hugely admired by those in the know. Its impeccable provenance is matched by its soft, creamy, honeyed fruit.