Because if you're going to pop bubbly, you should pop a bottle the Queen loves, too.
If a royal wedding isn’t an excuse to pop Champagne and celebrate, we don’t know what is. But if you plan to break out the bubbles on May 12, which is quickly approaching, consider popping the cork on one of these nine brands. They’ve each got the royal stamp-of-approval, if you will: royal warrants that prove they’ve been served to and loved by the royal family over its long monarchy. (Here's the process for getting royal approval, if you're curious.)
Champagne Bollinger received its royal warrant from Queen Victoria in 1884. The brand is known for its pinot noir-driven Champagnes and long aging process. If you really want to celebrate in royal style with Bollinger, pick up one of the brand’s magnums.
GH Mumm sells a whopping eight million bottles of Champagne each year—including a few past purchases from the royal family. And with wines sold in 150 countries, you should be able to find a bottle—or two—to break open on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.
It’s no wonder the royal household would grant a warrant to Krug: it’s the only Champagne house to offer “five prestige cuvées of equal, undisputed quality and distinction,” according to its royal warrant page.
According to its royal warrant webpage, Champagne Lanson is one of the oldest Champagne houses still in operation; it began producing wines all the way back in 1760. (Of course, age is a relative thing—this brand is still 700 years younger than the British monarchy itself.)
Laurent-Perrier boasts on its royal warrant webpage that it’s one of the finest Champagne houses in the world—and the royal household seems to agree. For this special occasion, try one of the brand’s more “pioneering” champagnes: Ultra Brut, Cuvée Rosé and Grand Siècle.
Champagne Louis Roederer is almost as old as Champagne Lanson; it was founded in 1776, the same year the U.K. lost control of the U.S. (Perhaps the company was seizing on citizens’ collective need to drink after the Revolutionary War.) Today, it produces several types of Champagnes, including Cristal, a cuvée made for Tsar Alexander II, that you, too, can enjoy.
Moët & Chandon’s catchphrase, if you will, is “sharing the magic of champagne with the world,” just like, we can only hope, Prince Harry and Markle will share the magic of their wedding—via a global TV broadcast—with the world while we watch, champagne in hand.
According to Veuve Cliquot’s royal warrant webpage, the champagne “toasts the top social gatherings throughout the world,” and “is the perfect complement to the most exclusive and must-attend events of the year’s social calendar.” You know—like a royal wedding.
How do you celebrate a royal wedding fete? With the champagne that was served at the last one. Not only does Pol Roger et Cie hold a royal warrant, but it was the bubbly served at the wedding of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge—from magnum bottles.