Champagne is something that most people associate with certain celebrations and days during the year. One of those days, or nights in this case, is New Year’s Eve. People love not only drinking champagne, but popping bottles to celebrate the start of a new year.

I realize that a lot of people might not consider themselves experts on champagne since they drink it so infrequently. That’s why I decided to close out 2018 by writing on the top champagnes you should be popping this New Year’s Eve.

Rotari Brut 2013

Price: $16

Trentodoc is a type of Italian sparkling wine that largely goes overlooked by the masses. Those looking to turn heads and think a bit outside the box, without the expensive price tag, can go with the Rotari Brut 2013 option for New Year’s Eve.

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut, NV

Price: $40

The Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut is very red-grape-heavy, so be advised. It has a nice overall finish to it, and the price is tough to beat. Many people who are on a tighter budget should give this one a try this year, and then maybe graduate to something else down the road.

Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus, NV

Price: $55

Prelud Grands Crus Michael Asimos

A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the grapes used with this champagne come from the grand cru vineyards. When consuming, the taste of not only strawberries, but lemon as well on the pallet, is really a great combo.

Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé c/o Virgil Abloh

Price: $70

Moet Virgil Abloh Michael Asimos

Up on shoes and fashion? Then you already know Virgil Abloh is one of the hottest names around. The Louis Vuitton creative director, as well as Nike collaborator, now has his first collaboration with liquor. His name increases the price a bit, but the bottle looks great and the rosy champagne shines brightly.

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé

Price: $70

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is a very sparkly champagne with a strong raspberry aroma. The finish, as you can imagine, is very bubbly, but full of toasted bread notes as well. A great choice for anyone looking for a slightly different taste, thanks to the way it is put together back in France.

Charles-Heidsieck Brut Réserve, NV

Price: $70

Charles-Heidsieck Brut Réserve looks, feels, and tastes like luxurious champagne, so for the price, it’s a pretty good deal. Right after opening the bottle, fruit notes, salted nuts, and baked bread are noticeable. Once consumed, lemon pith, vanilla, and a saline mineral backboard is what a person tastes. The bubbly wine is refreshing from beginning to end for those taste testing it.

Leclerc-Briant Brut Reserve, NV

Price: $75

Leclerc-Briant Brut Reserve’s blend is 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay. It is a tart champagne with a nice, crisp finish in the end. What really stands out to me is the hints of baked pears and baked apples when drinking the champagne. It’s a nice touch and always one of my favorites.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs


Ruinart Blanc De Blancs Michael Asimos

This champagne is fairly rare, which can make you look pretty cool at a party. It has some pretty intense citrus notes, as well as some softer florals. The golden look of the champagne is an eye catcher for sure.

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004


In 2004, the Chardonnay harvest was billed as one of the best in recent memory. Clos du Mesnil is only produced during those great years, meaning this champagne is guaranteed to be great. It’s pricy, but the rarity and the quality makes it shine.