Champagne Éric Philippe | Forbes: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Champagnes Worth The Splurge
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Forbes: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Champagnes Worth The Splurge

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Champagne. GETTY

With its cool climate, limestone soils and generations of know-how, Champagne — and the sparkling wine the region produces — is in a league of its own. It has a toasty flavor and delicate bubbles that you can’t quite replicate with anything else. 

Champagne has a lot of rules governing its production including which grapes can be used, how vineyards are managed, how the grapes are pressed and that the wine must undergo a secondary fermentation in the bottle, which creates all those glorious tiny bubbles. Those rules mean drinkers know they are going to get a quality product.  If you want to pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with the paragon of sparkling wine.

Below are splurges to celebrate the holiday. Keep in mind retail prices fluctuate depending on the store.

Champagne Éric Philippe 2012 Vintage, $125

OK, so, Valentine’s Day might be the worst time to let your partner know you’re thinking about their health, but, maybe at a later date mention that the champagne you gave them might have been a little bit better for them. It’s low dosage (sugar added to the wine) so it can be better for the waistline. The 2012 has is rich with notes of almond and toast and fruit, so they’ll never know it’s missing.

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