Champagne

The world’s best bubbly often is worth the high boutique prices. Styles include Blanc de Blancs, made only from Chardonnay, and Blanc de Noirs, made only from Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier (another black grape). The majority of Champagnes, however, are made from a mix of the three, with Pinot Meunier usually a small part of the blend. The bubbles give Champagne a crisp, refreshing flavor that still wines lack, and many de luxe cuvées (the top level of Champagne) are of fabled quality. Like Burgundy, the best producers often have rabid cult followings.