Great Champagnes to Try
Here are F&W senior wine editor Ray Isle's five favorite Brut Non-Vintage (NV) Champagnes to look for this holiday season:
Oudinot Cuvée Brut NV ($35)
Oudinot is what's known as a "grower Champagne"—whereas most Champagnes are produced by large companies that source most of their grapes from hundreds of independent growers, Oudinot is a single small estate. A floral scent and creamy, peachy flavors define this Brut.
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Gosset Brut Excellence NV ($46)
Gosset, a small but very high-quality producer, was founded in the town of Aÿ in 1584. Unlike most other Champagnes, Gosset's wines—like this citrusy Brut—do not undergo malolactic fermentation (a kind of secondary fermentation that helps soften the wine), making them bright and remarkably zesty.