FINE Champagne magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and a renowned industry authority, announces its list of the “100 Best Champagnes for 2014”.
After days of blind-tastings of hundreds of champagnes the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it to the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting of our editorial board can warmly be recommended. Still, there can only be one winner. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, in 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, in 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000 and in 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000. In 2014, the competition for the top positions was tougher than ever and for the first time in this classification’s history our vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002.
This year we also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. Our TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996, Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995.
Cristal is an intriguing prestige cuvée rosé, as it has the palest colour, yet a contrastingly fleshy, fruity, well-built palate of amazing freshness. Its secret is in the Pinot Noir from Roederer’s own old-vine vineyards in Aÿ, which are now cultivated according to biodynamic principles. It is these ripe grapes that give the wine its delicate hue via the saignée, or bleeding method. The last touch of spine and elegance to it is given by Côte des Blancs grand cru Chardonnay. Made in tiny volumes, Cristal Rosé is a true collector’s item. Curiously, we have noticed a remarkable, and constantly improving, track record from previous years: in 2010 Cristal Rosé 2002 finished in the 9th position, in 2011 the 5th position and finally in 2012 it climbed as high as the 3rdposition. This well exemplifies the effect of time on the finest prestige cuvées, FINE Champagne editor Essi Avellan MW comments.
FINE Champagne magazine’s aim with this annual ranking is to taste the entire offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.
The full 100 Best Champagnes ranking can be read in the FINE Champagne magazines June issue.
TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014
1 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002
2 Dom Pérignon 2004
3 Louis Roederer Cristal 2002
4 Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV
5 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
6 Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005
7 Krug Grande Cuvée NV
8 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000
9 Krug Vintage Brut 2000
10 Pol Roger Vintage 2002
Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014
1 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996
2 Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV
3 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995
Essi Avellan MW, editor, FINE Champagne
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Pekka Nuikki, editor-in-chief, FINE Champagne
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