For the tenth time, Champagne Magazine and wine information platform Tastingbook.com, put hundreds of champagnes in line and ranked the 100 best champagnes on global markets for 2021.
After days of blind-tasting hundreds of champagnes, the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it into the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting by the editorial board can warmly be recommended.
This year’s winner is Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008.
This time the winner was one of the most esteemed prestige blanc de blancs champagne of the world – Comtes de Champagne from Taittinger and its most recent vintage 2008. Comtes de Champagne is not the newcomer on podium, as it was claimed in 2012 as the winner of 100 Best Champagnes with its vintage 2000.
“The recently-released and much-awaited Comtes de Champagne 2008 was one of the last remaining prestige cuvées from the hyped 2008 vintage to see daylight. But it was worth the wait. The first nose is radiantly fruity with gorgeous gunpowdery toastiness lingering on top of the zingy lemon, lime, peach and grass notes. Remarkable purity and finesse on this racey and mineral, slowly evolving, still super youthful Comtes packed with energy and tension,” Essi Avellan MW comments.
The second place was shared this year by two great new cuvees – Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle No. 24 and Dom Pérignon 2010. Both very solid and concentrated, still babies but drinking perfectly well already.
The quality of all the top 100 champagnes was pleasingly high – over 70 champagnes were rated by 90 points and plus, and the average scores of the top 10 was highest ever – 95 points.
FINE Champagne’s TOP 10 champagnes for 2021:
1. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008;
2. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle No. 24;
3. Dom Pérignon 2010;
4. Maison Mumm Cuvée Lalou 2006;
5. Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007;
6. Moët & Chandon MCIII 001.14;
7. Louis Roederer Cristal 2012;
8. Rare Champagne Rosé Millésime 2008;
9. Laurent-Perrier Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature;
10. Palmer & Co Vintage 2012.
2020 Dom Pérignon 2008;
2018 Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006;
2017 Moët & Chandon MCIII 001.14 NV;
2016 Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV;
2015 Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002;
2014 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002;
2013 Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000;
2012 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000;
2011 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002;
2010 Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV.