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Jan 2, 2008 10:28 AM

What was your New Year's Eve champagne?

Champagne and sparkling wine drinkers, what did you toast the new year with?

Me, I had a bottle of Billiot rose Champagne. The bottle sat in my wine closet for several years, so I think it was no longer at its best (not many bubbles), but it was still lovely. The leftovers were still good the next night.


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  1. Bollinger and Mumm Napa DVX Rose

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    1. re: AlaskaChick

      Veuve Cliquot La Grand Dame 1995, we got it for our wedding 3 yrs ago, have been waiting to drink it... leftovers??? I don' t understand what you mean ;)

      it was lovely but I found it was better with food rather then on its own, so taking from another posting we started chowing on junkfood, chex mix was my favorite with it! who knew!

      1. re: cleopatra999

        Yeah, normally I don't have leftover New Year's Eve champagne, but we both were sick this year, so we were too sleepy to drink the whole bottle. Besides, our dinner was matzoh ball soup, which isn't really the best match for champagne (it's not bad, though, especially with my salty matzoh balls).

        I adore Veuve Cliquot! What a treat to have the Grand Dame. I agree, it's definitely a "food champagne". Ain't it great how even the best champagne goes perfectly with salty, buttery junk food? :-)


    2. Nicolas Feuillatte rosé. Another champagne that needs food to show its best.

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      1. re: mengathon

        The Nicolas Feuillatte rose is my favorite! But I enjoy it just as much without food as with food.

      2. Gosset Grande Rosé - gorgeous with our dinner, but a little too tart by itself

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        1. re: vinosnob

          I had this bottle on the night I got engaged! Love it.

        2. (NV) Michel Arnould & Fils Reserve Brut Grand Cru... incredible wine of NV Krug - like quality and style at 1/5 the price.

          1. we did a Schramsberg evening. Started with a 99 J. Schram and had 2 btls of 93 Reserve Napa with the Szechuan Orange beef and a bottle of 01 Cremant for dessert. The J.S. was a delight, even if a bit austere. toast and almonds with a hint of honey in the nose. lots of tiny tight bubbles, quite crisp on the palate with a dissapearance act as the finish. the Reserve was sweeter with more fruit and honeysuckle in the nose and a little spice that made it work well with the spicy beef. the cremant was rich and smooth almost creamy in the mouth(hence the name,I guess) and went perfectly with the chocolates accompanying it. I don't believe we have ever had leftover champagne, ever, ever. (even with 4 btls for 4 people)

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            1. re: chazzerking

              99 JSchram as well. Very nice but personally I like the much more affordable Blanc de Noir from Shramsberg more.

              1. re: jscarbor


                I think the Blanc de Noirs from Schramsberg cannot hold a candle to the JSchram in absolute terms, but value-wise it is lightyears ahead!

                1. re: whiner

                  There could be somebias on my part knowing that I can open almost 2 blanc d noirs for one JShram? Either way both are good wines.