What are the best sparkling wine picks for the new year?
- Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial
- Champagne Marguet Shaman Brut Grand Cru
- Freixenet Reserva Brut
- Provetto Spumante Blanco Brut
- Henriot Brut Souverain Lumiere
- Yalumba Angas Brut Premium NV Cuvee
New Year’s traditions may be a little bit different this year, but one thing is sure to stay the same — popping corks and toasting with a fizzy glass of delicious bubbly as the clock strikes midnight.
Though we may not know what is in store for us this 2022, celebrating with a good bottle of Champagne or Cava is a great way to welcome a brand new year. Whether you’re looking for something to sip the whole night or something to splurge on for a low-key party, we’ve prepared our list of the best sparkling wine for the new year!
Moët Impérial is an iconic drink from one of the biggest names in the Champagne industry, and our first pick for this list. First made in 1869, it embodies this winery’s unique style — bright fruitiness, elegant maturity, and a seductive palate.
Their Brut Imperial is created from a blend of more than 100 different wines, 30% of which are reserve bottles that were specifically selected to enhance its flavor profile. As a result, this Champagne is one of the most mature and complex ones you can find.
The fine bubbles, bright acidity of white-fleshed fruits, and nuances of red berries, hazelnut, and toasted brioche—an alluring and tasty flavor profile that's perfect for ringing in a new year.
Benoit Marguet, the man behind this Champagne house, is widely considered one of the most important natural wine producers in the Champagne region today. His Champagne is known for its creation using natural and biodynamic methods, which give it a unique taste.
The Champagne Marguet Shaman Brut Grand Cru is aged in wood and aged twice, which helps to reduce the acidity of the Champagne. The drink has a bright gold color with gentle bubbling. The palate is full-bodied and highly expressive with notes of red fruit, citrus, and a hint of minerality. The finish is long and dry and makes you salivate.
Made in a fully manual production process and a minimum aging period of 30 months, the Freixenet Reserva Brut is an elegant, lively, long-aged Brut Cava with a good structure. It is composed of all the previous Reserva cavas from several past harvests, combining all the best qualities of each batch.
It features a rich yellow color with straw highlights, fine and persistent bubbles, and a prominent crown. The aroma is reminiscent of the aging process, with toasted notes balanced out with scents of dried fruit, pastries, honey, and yeast.
Provetto, coming from the Italian term for “skilled and experienced” are aptly named. This Brut wine made in Castilla-La Mancha is an interesting and skillfully made combination of Spanish grape varietals and the Italian wine-making style.
Made from a special selection of handpicked grapes harvested in the warmest seasons, the resulting wine is a show-stopper. Our Provetto Spumante Blanco Brut offers gentle toast and citrus flavors followed by a refreshing mouthful of bubbles — the ideal sparkling wine to sip with your friends while awaiting the New Year’s countdown.
Precision and balance, freshness and deliciousness — the Henriot Brut Souverain Lumiere offers all the great characteristics of great Champagne terroirs. Expertly made by masters, this bottle of sparkling wine carries the quintessential expression of the style of Henriot House.
Made with a high proportion of Chardonnay, balanced by Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, finished with more than 25 cru wines from Cotes des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. The result is the unique character of this Champagne — vivacious citrus fruit on the nose, followed by floral bouquets of elderberry and vine blossom. It also offers well-balanced and delicious notes of brioche, white peach, and roasted almonds.
Hailing from Barossa Valley, South Australia, the Yalumba Angas Brut Premium NV Cuvee is a spirited Brut for your New Year’s celebrations. It’s the fruit of traditional and contemporary Australian winemaking techniques, featuring rich tastes at an affordable price tag.
Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals, this Brut wine is highly enjoyable. On the first sip, you’ll be hit with the fresh notes of citrus fruit, red apples, and a hint of musk, combined with a creamy texture and lively palate. It finishes off with a refreshing crispness and slightly acidic bite.
With New Year’s Eve quickly coming up, buying some drinks to celebrate the end of a difficult year is on everyone’s minds — and what better drink to toast with than some sparkling wine? If you’re not sure which to grab from Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, use our list of the best sparkling wines for the New Year to make your choice. You can also view our full collection of sparkling wines here.