Best Festive Fizz: Top 5 Drinks for Christmas and New Year’s Eve
As the holiday season approaches, the anticipation of festive gatherings and celebratory moments calls for an exploration of the finest Christmas fizz and wines that will undoubtedly elevate your seasonal revelries. The year 2023 brings forth an array of exquisite libations that promise to make your Christmas celebrations truly memorable, marked by the clinking of glasses and the joyous spirit of togetherness.
At the forefront of our ‘Best of 2023 Christmas Drinks’ list are the sparkling stars of the season – Christmas fizz and wines that capture the essence of merriment in every effervescent sip. From iconic Champagnes to sparkling wines, this curated selection showcases the pinnacle of craftsmanship and flavour profiles that are bound to enchant even the most discerning palates.
Billecart-Salmon – Brut Sous Bois Champagne
This unique cuvee is composed of the three Champenois grape varieties in equal proportions and vinified entirely in oak. The grape blend and vinification and aging in oak casks lead this champagne to offer a complex, aromatic definition and character. This Champagne is a reflection of total mastery of the art of blending. It is within the spirit and ancestral knowledge of original champagnes. On the palate – a burst of flavours (notes of grilled brioche and toffee) thanks to the distinguished power and maturity which is a mark of any great wine of Champagne.
Codorníu – Ars Collecta Blanc de Blancs
Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Codorníu Ars Collecta bottle is elegant and sophisticated. Encased in an opulent hand-blown glass bottle, the deep amber hues evoke warmth and festivity, while the unique design is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Spain and the artistic legacy of famous architect Gaudí. The bottle showcases a distinct shape that echoes his masterpieces’ organic curves and intricate patterns, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in Barcelona.
Fine bubbles and delicate toasted notes with a touch of peach, nectarine, brioche, and nuts aromas resulting from a long ageing in the bottle. Broad, complex, balanced, and creamy on the palate, it can be perfectly paired with shellfish and seafood, as well as poultry in white mild sauce.
Available at ocado.com for £18.
Porte Noire Blancs Grand Cru Vintage Champagne 2010
Porte Noire was founded by renowned actor Idris Elba and wine connoisseur David Farber after meeting in 2018 at the prestigious Sanger viticultural school in Champagne. The perfect gift for Champagne lovers and Idris Elba fans alike, this Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2010 is a rich and sensual serve. On the nose, you’ll find lemon and subtle meringue with notes of toast, coffee, and hazelnut. It’s racy on the palate, with delicate bubbles and a long, rich, mature finish.
Available starting at £85 from harveynichols.com.
The Champagne Company – Champagne Drappier Luxury Gift Box
This exquisite gift box encapsulates the essence of luxury with its sophisticated presentation and the renowned Drappier Champagne nestled within. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Champagne Drappier Luxury Gift Box features sleek and tastefully designed packaging that exudes opulence. The box itself becomes a statement piece, setting the tone for a memorable and indulgent Christmas experience. The iconic Drappier Champagne, renowned for its exceptional quality and flavour profile, adds a touch of celebration to every sip.
Whether shared among friends and family or presented to a special someone, the Champagne Drappier Luxury Gift Box embodies the spirit of Christmas in a way that transcends ordinary festivities, making it a standout choice for those seeking a truly memorable and sophisticated gift-giving experience.
Available at TheChampagneCompany.com starting at £52.00.
Chapel Down English Rose Fine Wine
This delightful wine is crafted with precision and care, reflecting the rich tradition of English winemaking. Its pale pink hue and vibrant aromas make it visually appealing and a perfect complement to the festive ambiance. The English Rose Fine Wine offers a unique and refreshing flavor profile, combining the delicate notes of red berries, floral undertones, and a hint of citrus. This nuanced blend creates a versatile wine that pairs seamlessly with a variety of Christmas dishes, from traditional roasts to lighter fare, enhancing the dining experience for family and friends.
Available at chapeldown.com starting at £35.00.