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Top Champagne Brands of 2012

Top Champagne Brands

The top champagne brands of 2012 hail from France. Wine and spirits experts indicate the industry is rebounding after dwindling sales in 2008 and 2009. Customers can expect to pay top dollar for higher-end bubbly after periods of discounted manufacturer pricing due to the recession. A list of the five most popular selections according to The Drinks Business magazine and Shanken News Daily starts with the most recognized brand.

1. Moet and Chandon

French vineyards owned by Moet – Hennessy produce approximately 26 million bottles of champagne on an annual basis. Shortly after starting the business in 1743, founder Claude Moet began supplying bubbly to European royalty. International fame quickly followed after Moet conquered the taste buds of Napoleon Bonaparte. The brand currently holds a Royal Warrant to symbolize its status as an official royal supplier.

Moet champagnes include vintage Dom Perignon, Rose Imperial, Imperial and Nectar Imperial. The brand remains extremely popular among celebrities and wealthy consumers. Suggested retail pricing as of November 2012 ranges from $40 United States dollars (USD) for a 750-milliliter (ML) bottle of Nectar Imperial to $160 USD for a similar-sized bottle of Dom Perignon. Larger 1.5-liter (L) magnum bottles start around $100 USD.

Check out the Official Website for Moet and Chandon

 http://www.moet.com/

2. Vueve Clicquot

Vueve Clicquot gained distinction as a female-owned champagne house. Established during the late 1700s, the founder’s daughter-in-law handled daily operations by 1800. Vueve Clicquot became a favorite among Russian royals and quickly won public praise. In 1987, the brand became part of Moet – Hennessy and remains a staple of high-end consumers. Like Moet, Vueve Clicquot currently holds a Royal Warrant.

Bottles include vintage, non-vintage and Rose selections. Suggested retail pricing as of November 2012 ranges from $29.99 USD for non-vintage 375 ML bottles to $269 USD for a 750 ml bottle of Cave Privee Brut Rose. 1.5 L magnum bottles start around $125 USD.

Check out the Official Website for Vueve Clicquot

http://www.veuve-clicquot.com/

3. Nicolas Feuillatte

 

A virtual newcomer to the world of champagne, the Feuillatte label arrived in 1976. Within 10 years Centre Vinicole de la Champagne, a French winemaker union, purchased the vineyard and continued to expand the brand. A 2011 facelift aided in attracting customers and boosting sales.

Selections include Roses, Brutes and Blancs. Suggested retail pricing as of November 2012 ranges from $24 USD for 375 ML bottles of non-vintage selections to $49.99 USD for 750 ML bottles of Rose. 1.5 L magnum bottles start around $95.34 USD.

Check out the Official Website for Nicolas Feuillatte

http://www.nicolas-feuillatte.com/

4. G. H. Mumm

 

Mumm vineyards in northern France were the brainchild of three German brothers in 1827. Shortly after achieving success French officials seized the vineyard because the Mumms never applied for French citizenship. Partnerships with California’s Napa Valley helped the company emerge as one of the world’s largest champagne producers. A number of high-end restaurants serve Mumm selections.

Mumm produces Roses, Grand Crus and Cordon Rouges. Suggested retail pricing as of November 2012 ranges from $12.99 USD for 187 ML bottles to $33.99 USD for 750 ML bottles. 1.5 L magnum bottles start around $82.35 USD.

Check out the Official Website for G.H. Mumm

http://www.ghmumm.com/

5. Laurent – Perrier

 

Laurent – Perrier is another company that experienced great success during the 1800s under female leadership. Unfortunately, World War I had other plans. The company remained firm through a variety of hardships to emerge as one of the largest family-owned champagne companies in the world. Subsidiaries exist throughout Europe, where many of their high-end clientele reside.

Products include Grand Siecle, Demi-Sec and Grand Siecle Alexandra. Suggested retail pricing as of November 2012 ranges from $34.99 USD for 750 ML bottles to $125 USD for 750 ML bottles. 1.5 L magnums start around $122.71. Double magnum or Jeroboam pricing is available upon request.

Check out the Official Website for Laurent-Perrier

http://www.laurentperrierus.com/

Popular selections of champagne are accessible at every price point. Companies are constantly thinking of ways to attract new customers. Media partnerships and promotions encourage more individuals to try top champagne brands from popular houses.

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