Prestige or special cuvée is the champagne at the top of a house’s range. They are produced only with the best grapes available, usually from grands crus and pinot noir and/or chardonnay only, using the best bunches and applying the highest production standards. They are almost always vintage wines from the best years.
The most popular are Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer Cristal, Krug Grande Cuvée (a non-vintage, which also includes some meunier), Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Cattier Armand De Brignac Brut Gold (Jay- Z’s champagne, a non-vintage), and increasingly Rare Millésime.”
My “Holy Trinity” is Grande Cuvée, Dom Pérignon, and Rare. Because of their drastically different yet complementing styles, my motto is “Dom Pérignon at the aperitif, Grande Cuvée at the table, Rare anytime.” In fact, they are so good and versatile that they can all be drank anytime, anywhere, with anything you feel like, for a super champagne moment. Don’t forget to share them with someone; it will lead to very interesting and witty human exchanges ;)