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Special Occasion Champagnes

My Top Five Special Occasion Champagnes

“Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you have a bottle of champagne in the fridge.”
(Hestor Browne)

Long weekend champagnes

Top Five Summer Champagnes

My top five champagnes for a long weekend is my annual ode to our last long weekend of the summer in Australia.

Ayala Blanc de blancs

Champagne Ayala Blanc De Blancs 2010

Champagne Ayala Blancs De Blancs 2010 is produced in small quantities only in exceptional years, with Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.

GH Mumm Cordon Rouge

G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge

The Mumm Cordon Rouge is an enjoyable champs that everyone likes. Its simplicity, cleanness, freshness and easy drinking are its hallmarks.

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

The Piper-Heidsieck style marries the structure of pinot noir, with the fruits of meunier, and the elegance of chardonnay.

Jacquart Brut Mosaïque

I regularly used the Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaïque in my tasting events because it is so approachable and enjoyable.

Louis Roederer Collection 242

Louis Roederer Collection 242

The Louis Roederer Collection 242 is a new multi-vintage cuvée based on the 2017 vintage, the 242nd since Roederer was founded in 1776.

Pol Roger Brut Reserve

Pol Roger Brut Réserve

The Pol Roger Brut Réserve is my Audrey Hepburn champagne. Classically elegant, distinctive, refined, and sophisticated.

Everyday champagnes

My Top Five Everyday Champagnes

These champs here are five fave “go to” everyday champagnes… the ones I’d crack at home any day I feel like a champs.

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose is one of my favourite go to rosé champagnes that embraces beauty and art and a touch of whimsy in the champagne.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label

Veuve Clicquot Yelow Label

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is a sentimental favourite. Every time I look at the vibrant yellow label I think summer, sunshine and joy.

New years resolutions

New Year, New You?

But did you know that only about 20% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions? I did some research to find out what actually works!

Top Beach Champagnes

My Top Five Beach Champagnes

The inspo for my top five beach champagnes is clear – I live at Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast, Australia) with the best beaches in the world!

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.

My top five winter champagnes

My top five winter champagnes because in some parts of the world it’s cold for months and no one wants to give up champagne for that long!

Taittinger Brut Reserve

Taittinger Brut Réserve

The Taittinger Brut Réserve is a is very lively, fresh, citrus rich but delicate champagne – perfect for warmer months as a party aperitif.

Bollinger Special Cuvée 

Bollinger Special Cuvée

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose is one of my favourite go to rosé champagnes that embraces beauty and art and a touch of whimsy in the champagne.

About Me… Beyond The Bubbles.

More about Marnie Nichols, founder of Bubble & Flute and self-appointed Chief Champagne Fan, Champagne Coach and Writer at Bubble and Flute.

Autumn Champagnes

My Top Five Autumn Champagnes (2021)

Autumn champagnes are some of my favourites. As it gets cooler it’s time to bring out the pinot-heavy champagnes and let reserve wines rule!

Bollinger La Grande Année 2004

Bollinger La Grande Année is technically a vintage champagne it really sits a cut above most vintage champagnes for me.

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Instantly recognisable for the stunning and spiralling spray of Japanese anemones painted on its bottles and glasses, Perrier-Jouët embraces beauty and art and a touch of whimsy in champagne.

My Top Five Man-Champs

My Top Five Man-Champs is a list of champs the man in your life is likely to want to share (or keep all for himself)

Champagne regions

Regions Within Champagne

Within the Champagne region, there are actually five main sub-regions which are responsible for bringing both diversity and consistency to champagne.

Champagne Grapes

What Grapes Are Used To Make Champagne?

There are just three main grapes used to make champagne. And what may totally surprise you is that two out of the three of the champagne grapes are RED grapes!

A Visit to Champagne Bollinger

When I visited the Champagne region in 2018, I was lucky enough to visit Champagne Bollinger twice in a week! Read about both my visits here