Sparkling Wines

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wines have a unique identity among the various wine categories. As their name suggests, they’re carbonated, which creates an interesting, compelling texture and combination of flavors – as well as a familiar and cheerful “pop” when a bottle of Champagne is uncorked. There are many stories about how sparkling wine came to be, but the most important thing to know is that there are two main production methods – the Champagne method and the Charmat-Martinotti method, also known as Metodo Italiano.

Sparkling wines are incredibly popular today, being a staple purchase for many different social events and special occasions. In particular, you can expect most holidays to feature at least one bottle of these playful blends, and they’re often one of the first alcoholic beverages a person tries in their life. As such, they are a potent catalyst for creating long-lasting positive memories as early as one’s teenage years, and an easy way to develop a taste in fine wine from a young age. The flavor of a great sparkling wine is so lush, refreshing, and smooth; it goes down like soda water while tasting infinitely sweeter. Champagne bottles get emptied in record time as every guest indulges in a healthy dose, unable to stop before they run out. The fizzy texture massages and arouses your tastebuds in a way not many luxurious drinks can offer, bringing to mind foamy waves of azure sea water, or intense rapids.

If you’ve ever wondered what true love tastes like, sparkling wines offer a pretty good idea of what to expect. You can pick from a variety of flavors, each offering a different blend of dryness and sweetness. We highly recommend Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco if you’re looking to dip your tongue in the finest sparklers on the market. Pair them with marinated, roasted chicken, or a similar dish and experience a heavenly pleasure.
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  1. 1988 krug Champagne
    1988 Krug
    98
    RP
    Krug's 1988 Brut has long numbered among my very favorite vintages for this house, with the best bottles flirting with a three-digit score. Offering up complex aromas of apricot, c..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,370.00
  2. 1990 krug Champagne
    1990 Krug
    98
    W&S
    When I tasted this wine pre-release last year, it already showed itself to be great. Now with the benefit of an additional year of age, it may be the greatest Krug I've tasted. The..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,180.00
  3. 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    99
    DEC
    Unusually, the 1990 vintage produced grapes with high sugars and high acidity, which has led to this legendary Cristal which is so ripe, rich, limpid, and dazzlingly delicious on t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $10,535.00
  4. 1990 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    99
    JS
    This is really incredible with orange peel, dried pineapple and flan. Exotic. Full body, round and savory. Crazy character at the finish of cooked pineapple and tart tartine. Gorge..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  5. 1995 krug Champagne
    1995 Krug
    98
    WS
    A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored ..." Learn More
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    As low as $865.00
  6. 1996 duval-leroy femme de champagne grand cru Champagne Blend
    1996 Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne Grand Cru
    97
    WS
    A sculpted Champagne, with a steely backbone of acidity swathed in a fine and silky texture, offering rich flavors of baked apple and plum fruit, almond financier, crème de ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $799.00
  7. 1996 krug Champagne
    1996 Krug
    100
    W&S
    It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this..." Learn More
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    As low as $940.00
  8. 1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    100
    AG
    Krug's 1996 Clos du Mesnil remains one of the greatest Champagnes I have ever tasted. Deep, powerful and explosive, the 1996 possesses tremendous energy. The first signs of aromati..." Learn More
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    As low as $4,130.00
  9. 2002 krug Champagne
    2002 Krug
    100
    JG
    (Krug Brut Millésime (ID# 415064)) It is hard to believe that two and a half years have now passed since Champagne Krug unveiled its long-awaited 2002 Vintage Brut. I do not..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $740.00
  10. 2002 krug clos du mesnil Champagne
    2002 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    (Krug, Clos du Mesnil, Champagne, France, White) Singly and emphatically the greatest Champagne release of recent years. Grand malic acidity of dizzyingly heightened proportions is..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,085.00
  11. 2002 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2002 Louis Roederer Cristal
    100
    AG
    Roederer’s 2002 Cristal, from magnum, is just off the charts. What else is there to say? The magnum format is so well-suited to Champagne. As opposed to still wines, which ar..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $655.00
  12. 2002 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2002 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    97
    JG
    (Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Brut) These most recent two bottles of the 2002 Clos des Goisses were both magnificent. The wine is starting to really drink with great style at age ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $450.00
  13. 2004 krug Champagne
    2004 Krug
    97+
    AG
    Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focu..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $505.00
  14. 2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    95
    JS
    Aromas of peaches and light cherries with rust and hints of grapefruit. Earth and spice undertone. Full-bodied, fruity and spicy. Hints of black pepper. Extremely bright and creamy..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $335.00
  15. 2005 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2005 Louis Roederer Cristal
    97
    JG
    (Louis Roederer Cristal Brut) The 2005 Cristal is a legend in the making, but this wine is still very young and closed and some extended bottle age will be necessary to really allo..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  16. 2005 taittinger comtes de champagne rose Champagne (Rose)
    2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
    95+
    JG
    (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé (Reims)) The 2005 Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé from Champagne Taittinger is a blend of seventy percent pinot noir and thirt..." Learn More
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    As low as $480.00
  17. 2006 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2006 Louis Roederer Cristal
    97
    DEC
    (Louis Roederer, Cristal, Champagne, France, White) Fantastic from the start. A colossal power of beautiful rumbling Pinot maturity. It’s like chewing on the ripest grapes fr..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  18. 2006 piper-heidsieck cuvee rare Champagne
    2006 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Rare
    97+
    JD
    The flagship release is the 2006 Champagne Rare, a 70/30 split of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that’s a cellar selection from 8 different Grand Cru vineyards. Tight, backward, a..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  19. 2006 taittinger comtes de champagne Champagne
    2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
    98
    VM
    We started with the 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, which is every bit as racy and seductive as it has always been. It’s a great, great vintage for Comtes.Vinous Media |..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $299.00
  20. 2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    93
    RP
    Tasted from the same lot as in June this year, the 2008 Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime is very fine on the deep, ripe and elegant nose where the 31% Pinot Noir and P..." Learn More
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    As low as $62.99
  21. 2008 edouard brun & cie vintage brut premier cru champagne Champagne
    2008 Edouard Brun & Cie Vintage Brut Premier Cru Champagne
    93
    RP
    Disgorged in June 2017 with a dosage of six grams per liter, the 2008 Brut Premier Cru Vintage is an assemblage of 50% Grand Cru Chardonnay fermented in cuves and 50% Premier Cru P..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  22. 2008 egly-ouriet brut grand cru millesime Champagne
    2008 Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Millesime
    100
    RP
    The 2008 Brut Grand Cru Millésime was eventually disgorged with only five grams per liter dosage, as Francis Egly and I had discussed last summer, and the wine has turned ou..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,169.00
  23. 2008 gosset celebris extra brut Champagne White
    2008 Gosset Celebris Extra Brut
    96
    AG
    The 2008 Extra-Brut Celebris offers up hints of apricot, brioche, baked apple tart, white pepper, chamomile and dried flowers. Extended time on the lees yields a Champagne with ter..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  24. 2008 gosset celebris extra brut rose Champagne (Rose)
    2008 Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Rose
    95
    DEC
    The skillfully crafted Gosset Champagnes remain in good hands with the current cellar master Odilon de Varine, as evidenced by this fascinating rosé Champagne. Over the past..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  25. 2008 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2008 Louis Roederer Cristal
    100
    JD
    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in it..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
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