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Party Champagnes

My Top Five Party Champagnes

My top party champagnes are ones I take to parties knowing it will be a share-fest and nothing will be very expensive. The point is to have fun more than worry too much about what you’re drinking or how much you spent.

You might have seen my Top five champs for every day, the ones I’d crack at home any day I feel like a champs. These are still “cheap and cheery” in the bigger scheme of all things champagne, but if you suss out my other top 5 for Special OccasionsReally Special Occasions, and Really, Really Special Occasions, you start to get a sense of the upwards trajectory.

So my party champagnes… 

Are fun, easy-drinking party faves that champs fans and the non-believers alike can enjoy (but seriously, is there anyone I haven’t converted yet!?!?!). And there is at least one option on this list that you can grab quickly on the way to the party at pretty much any bottle-shop, no matter how small and dodgy.

Coming up to the silly season, this list is well worth pulling out and stocking up on these when they’re on sale. But be warned – they are like a shining beacon at parties. Party freeloaders will come from far and wide if they know there is real champagne so develop your strategy for dealing with freeloaders!

1. My all-time top party champagne… G.H. Mumm

My friends know to always take “an emergency bottle of Mumm” to every party.

My emergency Mumm policy has stood the test of time and is now widely adopted amongst my friends, with someone always asking “Who’s bringing the emergency bottle of Mumm?” before every party.

I am 100% confident G.H. Mumm will NOT be offended about being my party champs… I actually think they’d love it. Any house who has a CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) and appoints Usain Bolt to the position, is up for some fun.

You can usually get Mumm for around AU$50 (or on sale for as little as AU$43) and for quality, price and “you can get it anywhere” value (as in driving past the smallest, dodgiest bottle shop on the way to a party), you can’t go past GH Mumm for your top party champagne.

And I really do find Mumm is a really simple, enjoyable champs that everyone likes. And it’s not pretending to be anything else. While Mumm is not the most complex or robust blend, its simplicity, cleanness, freshness and easy drinking are its hallmarks. I rate it a few spots above some of my other party champs because GH Mumm goes easier on the Pinot Meunier than the other party champs listed below.

The Blend for the G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge – 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier. A cuvée blended from 77 crus, every one unique, 25% to 30% addition of reserve wine which brings depth to the final blend and residual sugar content of 8g/l to remain constant and true to the Maison MUMM style.

I’ve visited Mumm more times than other champagne house – three times to be precise. I’m a fan!

Right now, at Dan Murphys for $44.95 a bottle.

2. Mercier Brut

Mercier is actually quite a big house located in Epernay.

This champs is a blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay and is lovely, and instantly recognizable as ‘champagne’ with just one whiff.

There’s no big story I am going to tell for Mercier. And it doesn’t need one as a low cost enjoyable party champagne. And you probably don’t care anyway… you have a party to get to 😉

$33 a bottle at Dan Murphys.

3. Henri Laurent Champagne

This champagne is actually produced by Champagne Charpentier in the Marne Valley, which is pinot meunier heartland.

And this champagne is actually quite a high blend of Pinot Meurnier… in fact 80% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. I didn’t know this until after I tasted it, but I still enjoyed it (for its price point).

$35.50 at Vintage Cellars, if you’re looking for a party champagne that you don’t mind sharing but you’ll still enjoy, this is a solid choice.. and one that might impress your buddies because they’ve not heard of it. Not only do I rate it (check out my road test for under $50) but I’ve seen Tyson Stelzer – a pretty serious champagne dude – rates it in his pre-Christmas champagne bargains.

4. Duperrey NV Rosé

I picked this because it consistently passes my ‘all occasions’ road-test (read all the details here). But the super-short version (again, I know you have a party to get to!) is everyone from my champs-snob CEO, to my work team (who only ever drink sauv blanc), to my friends who “don’t like rosé” to my mum, enjoy drinking the Duperrey Rosé. That’s why it’s in my top party champagnes list. 

And it is still one of the most economical champagne rosé options going around that really does taste like champagne. We served it a few weeks ago at a family birthday party. It was the 4th champagne we served after a Nicolas Maillart Extra Brut, Pierre Peters rosé and Billecart Salmon rosé so I thought it might suffer terribly by comparison. And while it wasn’t the same quality (or nowhere near the price point!) it held its own and we all still happily drank it. If the taste wasn’t up to scratch, I wouldn’t be telling you about it… $40 a bottle at Dan Murphys.

To give you another rosé in the same class of champagnes, one of my best friends rates the Moutard Rose from Vintage Cellars for $39.

Either way – go paint your party pink!

5. Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

And last but not least in my top party champagnes is Moët & Chandon. There is little doubt in my mind that Moët & Chandon is the most recognised champagne brand on the planet and the house credits Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, as being the man who introduced champagne to the world.

Now I don’t drink a lot of Moët & Chandon… but the brand produces more champagne than any other house in Champagne… 30 million bottles. That is a LOT of champagne which means they are buying grapes from everywhere (and anywhere) to make their champagnes, which is not really my style of champs appreciation.

BUT no brand has done more to build the brand of champagne. And the house pioneered using champagne for celebration and partying so they HAVE to be on the top party champagnes list.

This quote about Jean-Remy Moët sums it up… “Much like his champagnes, when Monsieur Moët enters the room, boredom disappears.” 

Here’s a bit of what Moët & Chandon have laid claim to…

  • Pioneering sabering of bottles and using champagne to christen ships. Legend has it that Napoleon and his troops invented the tradition of sabrage to open bottles of Moët to celebrate victory.
  • In 1967, when Dan Gurney was handed the Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon after winning the Le Mans race, he used the bottle like a firehose, deliberately spraying champagne over the guests, establishing a new victory tradition.
  • Creating the first champagne tower, now used at parties as the ultimate symbol of glamour.

Technical make up of the Brut Impérial… The blend 30 to 40% Pinot Noir,  30 to 40% Pinot Meunier and 20 to 30% Chardonnay, created from more than 100 different wines, of which 20% to 30% are reserve wines specially selected to enhance its maturity, complexity and constancy, with dosage: 9 g/litre.

At Vintage Cellars now for 2 for $100. or the piccolos are $27 each (overpriced but fun!)

What are your top party champagnes? If you have top party champagnes, let me know what you think! Make sure you post a pic and tag @bubbleandflute #topfivechampagnes #partychampagnes  

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