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.
And back at the beginning of the year, Simon Field MW reported on one of the most comprehensive tastings of Dom Perignon ever held.
Decanter’s best Champagnes of 2019: