If you are anything like my husband and I, and would like to celebrate the birth of your child, the one-year birthday, or another special occasion, with the best Champagne to celebrate, this list is for you.
I put it together this list about champagne for celebration with the help of my amazing French husband – the one who actually knows everything about wine.
If you’d like to learn more about wine and champagne, or find other options of champagne for celebration not included in this list, I highly recommend following my husband at Wine with Florian for free weekly advice on wine. His expertise (which I love) is finding French hidden gems.
You can also check out his FREE guide for pairing French wine with everyday meals.
The best champagne to celebrate
Here is a list with 5 ideas of the best celebratory Champagne so you can find the perfect bottle for your date night celebration and that you can find easily in the UK, where we originally wrote this list (we now live in France). I also added where you can purchase in the US and Brazil.
Option 1: Deutz Brut Classique
Although it is less well-known in England, you cannot go wrong with this Champagne. It is the perfect Champagne to celebrate the birth of your child. But, because the price tag is fairly accessible, it is also a great option to drink during a not-so-special-celebratory aperitif. Add the grape mix. We describe this Champagne as dry, well-structured, delicate, and rich in yellow fruits. It is made of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Pairing suggestions: seafood
Buy it here: UK | USA | Brazil
Option 2: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut
If you forget the names on this list of the best Champagne to celebrate, this is the Champagne you will easily remember because of its well-known orange-yellow label on the bottle. This Champagne is a blend of primarily Pinot Noir, which gives it a good structure. It has a touch of Pinot Meunier and is complemented with Chardonnay giving a fine and well-balanced texture and flavor. We describe it with fine, tinny bubbles, a taste of yellow and white fruits, and some toasty notes.
Option 3: Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV
Bollinger, the producer, is one of the best references when it comes to Champagne. Even though this is the producer’s entry-level Champagne, the quality is outstanding and worth every penny. In fact, this is the best cost-benefit option on our list of best Champagne to celebrate. This Champagne is made of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay – the main combination found in the Champagne area. We describe it as dry, buttery, with flavors of apple and pear, with tastes of nuts. We love the bubbles as they are fine and elegant. This Champagne is very rich, with a beautiful and creamy texture.
Bonus tip: If you are willing to splurge a little extra, we also recommend going for an upgrade to the next Champagne in the ‘series’: Bollinger Rosé, La Grande Année 2012, or R.D. 2007.
- Pairing suggestions: Japanese seafood, lobster, shrimp, charcuterie
- Price: £
- Buy it here: UK | USA | Brazil
Option 4: Ruinart Blanc de Blanc
This Champagne is called Blanc de Blanc because it is only made of Chardonnay grapes. This makes it very special in our list because it is one “cepage” of high quality that brings the experience to the next level of luxury and refinement. This is the perfect Champagne to be enjoyed in the spring and summer. We describe this Champagne as fresh, citrusy, with flavors of peach and white flower. It also has a touch of almonds, hazelnut, and biscuit. It is rich and toasty, and a persistent bubbly experience.
Option 5: Krug Grande Cuvee 168th Edition
Do you feel like doing a big splurge on your celebratory Champagne bottle? Then, this might be a great option for you! The Krug Grande Cuvee 168th Edition is the most elegant and luxurious Champagne in our list. This Champagne is made by the traditional three-grape mix (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier), but it stands out due to its complex layers of honey, almond, and citrusy flavor. A bottle of Champagne that you cannot forget!
- Pairing suggestions: seafood, especially grilled shrimp, chicken, lamb, and fish. For dessert, you cannot go wrong with a cheesecake or carrot cake
- Price: £££
- Buy it here: UK | USA
Bonus: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée
Being married to a man who was born and raised in the Champagne area means being picky about sparkling wine. As you can imagine, my husband, Florian (from Wine with Florian) tends to have a personal preference for French wine. But we love trying new things, and we have to admit that English sparkling wine does not disappoint.
So, we added a little extra bonus for you in this list of the best Champagne to celebrate. This is a sparkling wine if you are feeling like having your celebratory experience with an English bottle, instead of an actual Champagne. This sparkling wine is refined and refreshing, with a mix of Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.
Would like to learn more about wine?
My husband Florian, from Wine with Florian, prepared a great gift for you! A FREE guide on pairing French wine with everyday dishes to help you confidently onfidently choose the right wine for your meals, whether eating at home or dining out.
Check out the FREE guide here.
Alcohol and breastfeeding: Champagne after birth?
I’m a proud breastfeeding mom and I’ve breastfeed for nearly 3.5 years. But I love drinking wine. And I’ve enjoyed my breastfeeding journey while safely consuming wine!
If you’re wondering whether you (or your expecting spouse) can drink alcohol or not, my breastfeeding consultant referred me to the work of the known paediatrician Dr. Jack Newman (More Breastfeeding Myths). You can also read a summary from the La Leche League on alcohol and breastfeeding.