First, there’s Blanc de Noirs, a 100% pinot noir creation. With only 3,000 bottles being released, this will be your let’s-blow-this-thing-out-of-the-water, you-only-live-once, bring-on-2016 option. Or if you just want something nice with glazed duck.
Second, Demi-Sec, a slightly sweet 40% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier, will be making a strong play for your dessert champagne. So... keep it away from Santa.
But Monday is a long, Blanc de Noirs–less way away. If you’re looking for weekend bubbles—or just think it’s a good time to start auditioning your holiday champagnes (which, hint: it is)—classic Armand de Brignac cuvées are still good splurge options.
For the Hostess Gift:
Armand de Brignac’s flagship Brut Gold. You want something that’s going to make an impression, and golden bottles of champagne have a way of doing just that. But don’t let the flashy exterior fool you. This sparkler is a real workhorse—dry, round, toasty—a classic, all-around wine for knocking back a little caviar.
For in Front of a Roaring Fire:
Keep a bottle of Rosé on ice. This is the Beyoncé of champagne. All frilly pink bottle on the outside, but inside—all business. It’s even a good food wine offering (in case that roaring fire happens to be under a fondue pot) with nice body and good structure.
If your date matches that description, even better.