James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2022

Top Champagne

James Halliday by James Halliday

18 Nov, 2022

These 12 outstanding examples of Champagne, hand picked by James Halliday, are worth celebrating. From $60 right through to $480, there's a bottle for every occasion.

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    "...Six glorious grand marque wines and six Champagnes with mouth-wateringly modest prices."

    The following wines were chosen from a total of 44 submitted.

    Champagne bottles

    NV Champagne Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top Brut

    From the third Heidsieck-named house, Charles and Piper the other two, and better known than this. Light straw-green; well balanced and long; citrus blossom, Granny Smith apple, good mouthfeel and length. 89 points | $60 | Cork | 12.5% alc. | Drink to 2024 | Vranken Pommery

    NV Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Réserve

    A 60/30/10 per cent blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay; the full straw colour reflecting the blend, not the age. Savoury texture; good length; overdelivers, perfect balance; complex aftertaste again reflecting its pinots make up.