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Best Champagnes of 2019 tasted by our experts

There's a small event coming up known as New Year's Eve, and it's arguably the best excuse of the year to open a good bottle of Champagne. See our experts' top-rated examples below...

If you haven’t picked your New Year’s Eve Champagne yet, there’s still time. And what better way to welcome in a new decade than with a bottle or two from the list below?

The list below is a compilation of the best Champagnes tasted by our experts in 2019, the cream of the crop of new releases as well as mature bottles.

A year in Champagne for Decanter

Yohan Castaing recently completed a visit to the Champagne region, tasting his way through over 150 Champagnes and providing tasting notes and scores for just over 100 of his top performers. The new vintage Champagne releases in this report spanned nearly two decades (1999-2015 vintages), there are plenty of options for drinkers out there – including many from the highly rated 2008 vintage.

We have also just rounded up the best non-vintage Champagnes in a buying guide, with over 50 bottles tasted.

A highlight of the year was the Champagne magnum vs bottle panel tasting, pitting 65 pairs of regular bottles against the larger format magnums to see which came out on top.

Our Champagne experts have stayed on top of all the latest releases from producers as diverse as Krug, Bruno Paillard, Joseph Perrier, Philipponnat, Bollinger and Armand de Brignac.

And back at the beginning of the year, Simon Field MW reported on one of the most comprehensive tastings of Dom Perignon ever held.


Insider tips for pairing Champagne with food

Decanter’s best Champagnes of 2019:



Champagne highlights from 2019 on Decanter Premium:

Champagne brands to buy: Over 100 vintage & non-vintage bottles rated

The best non-vintage Champagnes to buy

Champagne: Magnum Vs Bottle: Panel Tasting Results

A taste of Rare Champagne with Régis Camus

How good is Jay Z’s ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne?

Introducing Coteaux Champenois: Champagne’s still wines

Champagne 2008: A ‘miracle year’?

Dom Pérignon 1990-2009: ‘The mother of all DP tastings’

Organic Champagnes to try

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