The survey is based on the comments of more than 300 of the world’s leading sommeliers, retail buyers, wholesalers, bar managers, Masters of Wine (MW), elite bartenders, and specialist wine writers.
In this article, we provide of summary of the 48 pages report. But if you want to read it in its entirety, here is the link to the pdf: https://misc.pagesuite.com/pdfdownload/cb7c964d-8d9e-4127-ab0a-761e39906195.pdf
The 30 Most Admired Champagne Brands of 2021
Drink International asked each “judge” to select the five champagne brands they most admire in descending order. The voters were advised to consider:
- The quality and consistency of the brand’s champagne, paying particular attention to its flagship non-vintage expression, but also focusing on the entire range.
- The strength of the branding and marketing.
- The price-to-quality ratio on offer across the range. Does it justify its price point?
- How much they respect and admire the champagne house.
- How strong the brand is in relation to its peers within the champagne sector.
The resulting selected brands are all established, prestigious, and widely enjoyed across the world. They have generally displayed high levels of consistent quality over a long period of time.
You can learn more about each one of them in our extensive coverage of the best Champagne houses.
- Louis Roederer (NM). Constantly striving for improvement, with a big change of direction when Frédéric Rouzaud became president in 2006, switching to organic and biodynamic farming.
- Pol Roger (NM). Impressive consistency in the wines achieved by looking at every aspect of the business to find improvements.
- Krug (NM). Great consistency in quality, something that’s very close to the central ethos of the brand.
- Bollinger (NM). 2020 saw the launch of a new style of champagne with the cuvée PN VZ15 showcasing the specificity of pinot noir from Verzenay grand cru.
- Charles Heidsieck (NM). Progress in the wider rebuilding of the brand is ongoing as production increases and worldwide distribution develops.
- Dom Pérignon (NM). The 2010 vintage, the 9th in a raw to be released, was launched to prove the quality of the vintage despite a difficult harvest.
- Billecart-Salmon (NM). Impeccable consistency in the wines with a combination of freshness, richness, and complexity.
- Taittinger (NM). Does very well thanks to its great asset-its own vineyard of 288 hectares.
- Salon (NM). Never releases its (vintage) champagnes with less than nine years of aging on lees.
- Ruinart (NM). Took a major step forward in the field of sustainable development in 2020.
- Gosset (NM)
- Moët & Chandon (NM)
- Jacquesson (NM)
- Pommery (NM)
- Veuve Clicquot (NM)
- Laurent-Perrier (NM)
- Henri Giraud (NM)
- Alfred Gratien (NM)
- Henriot (NM)
- Piper-Heidsieck (NM)
- Castelnau (CM)
- Perrier-Jouët (NM)
- Palmer & Co (CM)
- Philipponnat (NM)
- Deutz (NM)
- Lanson (NM)
- Veuve Fourny (NM)
- Bruno Paillard (NM)
- GH Mumm (NM)
- Drappier (NM), and Le Mesnil (CM)