What is the best champagne in Australia
What is the best champagne in Australia over 60 bucks

What is the best champagne in Australia?

Did you know Moet Chandon is the most mispronounced Champagne in Australia?

Yes, that’s right – it’s actually pronounced (in a French accent) moh-wet chan-dowh.

Anyway, what’s the best champagne in Australia I hear you ask?

Luckily I’ve written a guide to make this easy for you, breaking it down (most importantly) into a budget which suits you.

But first, let’s kick this guide off with some more interesting facts about champagne in Australia!

Interesting facts about champagne in Australia!

Fact – Australia is one of the world’s highest per capita consumers of Champagne.

Fact – Champagne is a region just north of Paris of which Reims is the largest town center.

Fact – Typically three grapes are used to produce most Champagne: the white grape Chardonnay and two red grapes (but without skin contact during fermentation) Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Fact – Some of the world’s most consumed Champagne brands can be strangely difficult to find when compared to established brands like Moet Chandon and Veuve Clicquot.

Fact – Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) and Pernod Ricard both control the lions share of Champagne distributed in Australia.

Fact – Moet Chandon (moh-wet chan-dowh) is the most mispronounced Champagne label in the country, second only to Billecart Salmon (bee-car sah-mowh).

Champagne under $40 (the best budget champagne in Australia!)

Dan Murphys has two champagnes. They’re a little on the tangy-side without much depth, but drunk chilled they will beat most domestic sparkling wines. There are Louis Auger and Aubert et Fils.

If BWS is close, try Bichat which you can grab for $25-$30 a bottle. Bichat has a fuller flavour without as much harsh acidity, but again, don’t expect a lingering finish.

Best budget champagne in Australia (under 40 bucks)

If you want to spend a little more, Piper Heidsieck ($33-40) is probably a better bet and you’ll be rewarded with a little more depth at the finish.

At Vintage Cellars, you’ll find MoutardHenri Laurent and Cattier, which are all of similar quality and taste profile without being too heavy on your budget ($24-34).

Look out for Baron de Villeboerg which tends to be on offer regularly (I’ve seen it recently for $27!) – an absolute bargain.

At Aldi you can find, Mosigny in two versions for $25 and $30 apiece. They’re a little dry in style and of similar quality range to the cheaper Dan Murphy/BWS versions, but they’re not bad!

My pick in this range (if you are sick of Piper Heidsieck) is the boutique grower Champagne Choisel Pere & Fils. The Wine Emporium at Newstead (Brisbane) seems to have this exclusively imported.

The clean taste and depth of flavour for $35 blows all of the above out of the water, which is great – if you’re in Brisbane!

Champagne in the $40 to $60 range

When we reach the $40 to $60 range we find some decent champagnes, and I wholeheartedly recommend you pay the extra bucks compared to the more budget champagnes above.

I’ve seen Comte de Noiron in some IGA Liquors in Melbourne and at a handful of boutique liquor stores. This champagne has a nice sweetness and decent length of taste, which you can typically pick up in the $40-50 range.

If you like Pol Roger, you’ll be partial to this one and save a decent amount of money.

Pommery is a huge house the doesn’t have a large presence in Australia because they mostly focus on restaurant supply instead, but it’s good if you can find it.

Pommery can taste quite dry to some people so maybe have this one with food or as an aperitif. I’ve seen it for around the $60 mark, which is a good price.

Try the Silver label for a great Blanc de Blanc or the lime green for a lighter Summer-centric blend.

What is the best champagne in Australia between 40 and 60 bucks

Nicolas Feuillatte is one of France’s most consumed Champagne’s and only recently have I seen this being widely distributed (some Dan Murphy’s and boutique liquor stores).

Nicolas Feuillatte should retail above $55 and is an easy drinking, solid little Champagne.

Don’t try attempting the last name’s pronunciation without some French linguistic lessons behind you. If you do, make sure you drop the ‘s’ on Nicolas if you want to impress – (Nicola to us Aussies!)

Champagne in the $60 to $100 range

Louis Roederer is probably one of the more well-known brands I’ve listed here but is the cheaper cousin to famous Cristal brand.

This great, delicate little number’s taste will linger after each sip.

The Louis Roederer brand is very highly distributed, so you should find it easily at the big stores. Expect to pay $80-100.

Ayala was a small house before being bought by Bollinger, but their $70-80 Brut Majeur Champagne has great depth by blending in a lot of back vintage wine and it’s not as dominated with green acidity as some other larger brands.

I’ve seen Ayala at Vintage Cellars and a few other smaller bottle shops. (note the label below is the old one – new one is dark grey)

Charles Heidsieck can usually be found for $80-100 and is probably my personal favourite on this whole list due mostly to the fullness in taste.

Like all of the above it’s a non-vintage (NV) but the flavour in this bottle will rival 10-20 year old vintage Champagnes!

If you like Krug but want to save your pennies this Christmas, buy Charles Heidsieck. Not to be confused with Piper Heidsieck – they are miles apart.

What is the best champagne in Australia over 60 bucks

Henroit Brut Souverain is also another more boutique Champagne which has huge flavour, freshness and a great combination of youth vs aged depth.

Expect to find it at smaller stores, Vintage Cellars or online for around $80-100 per bottle.

Still can’t decide? Here’s some more champagne facts!

How much champagne in a glass?

A standard flute glass will generally serve between 100ml and 120ml (3.4 and 4.1 ounces) of champagne. Filled to the brim, if that’s your style, would be up to 180ml (6.3 ounces).

How much champagne is a standard drink?

In Australia a standard drink equates to 10 grams of alcohol. Based on an average champagne this is equivalent to approximately 100ml (around one standard flute glass).

What is champagne called in Australia?

“Sparkling wine” is Australia’s equivalent name for Champagne. The name “Champagne” is legally reserved for champagne from the French Champagne region.

Is “bubbles” champagne?

Bubbles is an Australian generalist term for various categories of sparkling wine, including French champagne, Australian sparkling wine, Italian prosecco, and Spanish cava.

Can champagne be aged?

Yes, champagne can be aged.

Champagne is made from grapes, and like all wines contains tannins. Tannins give wines their structure and allow them to age gracefully.

When champagne is young, the tannins are strong and the wine can taste astringent. But as champagne ages, the tannins slowly soften and round out, yielding a more complex and nuanced flavour profile..

When should champagne be served?

In Australia, Champagne should be served when you’re damn well ready to drink it!

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