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GT's five favourite Champagnes for celebrating

The best of the bubbly.

By Georgie Meredith
From left: NV Bruno Paillard Brut Première Cuvée, NV Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut, 2012 Bollinger La Grande Année, 2012 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, NV PALMER & CO Brut Réserve.
Elegant and refined, Champagne has long been the life of the party. Here, we showcase five of the most memorable drops.
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NV BRUNO PAILLARD Brut Première Cuvée 750ml, $110
A blend of more than 30 crus, this smooth, citrus-forward drop has less sugar than most, resulting in a rounded flavour with a crisp, clean finish. Citrus notes are underpinned by hints of berry from the pinot noir. The perfect pairing with summer shellfish.
NV FLEURY Blanc de Noirs Brut 750ml, $75
The Fleury vineyards were the first in the Champagne region to gain biodynamic certification, officially granted in 1992. Made from nothing but pinot noir grapes, this full-bodied bottle brings a fruit-driven flavour that's pleasantly crisp and refreshing.
2012 BOLLINGER La Grande Année 750ml, $260
2012 was a very good year for the Champagne region, resulting in this special drop from Bollinger that will only get better with age. A classic blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it brings a soft creaminess to the palate, followed by notes of honey and apricot.
2012 PERRIER-JOUËT Belle Epoque 750ml, $260
You should never judge a wine by its label – except in this instance. Perrier-Jouët's Belle Epoque is every bit as delightful to drink as its famed Art Nouveau bottle is to look at. This elegant, floral champagne is another sterling result from the 2012 season. 750ml for $260,
NV PALMER & CO Brut Réserve 750ml, $75
Established in 1947 by a co-operative of growers, Palmer & Co has earned a global reputation for its commitment to quality. Its brut réserve is aged on lees for four years – four times longer than legally required. The result is a soft, buttery wine with an intense aroma.
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