Besides decorating the Christmas tree or lighting the candles on the menorah and wrapping up presents for your loved ones, the holiday season is also about indulging. To celebrate the end of a decade, the Beverly Hills Cigar Club compiled a list of the top five merriest Champagne and cigar combinations. With some of the top rated-cigars that would complement the most exquisite bubbly, any choice from this list would be a lovely addition to your New Years festivities.
1. Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger ’97 and Goldwin LOUIXS Rosado
Served in a tulip-shaped glass, the Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger will entice your taste buds with rich, complex aromas that pair perfectly with the subtle flavors of the LOUIXS, made from rare Nicaraguan Rosado leaf. The combination will leave “a hint of elegance on your tongue from the mahogany leaf,” says Vin Lee, CEO of the Beverly Hills Cigar Club.
Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, $500
Goldwin LOUIXS Rosado, $50
2. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie ’85 and Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfecxion
With subtle, but delicious, hints of almonds, hazelnuts and rich fruit, the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie is perfect for a warm night in the cold outdoors.
The full-bodied flavor of one of the rarest and highest rated cigar brand in the world, Opus X is a classy match for the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie, which received a 93 rating in Wine Enthusiast.
Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie, $399.99
Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfecxion, $40
3. Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Grand Cuvee ’98 and Padron Anniversary 1964 Series “A”
Given a rating of 90 by Wine Spectator, the Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Grand Cuvee is a well-balanced blend of half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir. The crisp taste of this Grand Cuvee pairs almost simultaneously with the ’64 Padron, that “saturates the entire palate with complex layers of spice, nut and wood flavors before a toasty finish,” according to the Beverly Hills Cigar Club.
Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Grand Cuvee, $150
Padron Anniversary 1964 Series “A,” $32
4. Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Davidoff Zino Platinum Crown Series Rocket
Also given a 90 by Wine Spectator, the Veuve Clicquot has both lightness and length from its sweet berry and watermelon notes, which complements the warm and nutty flavors of the Davidoff Zino.
“A winning combination for everyone, Veuve Clicquot is a dance of the senses, igniting your taste buds and tickling your tongue, allowing the Davidoff Zino’s smooth melody to gently rock you to sleep after the ball drops in Times Square,” says Lee.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne, $59.99
Davidoff Zino Platinum Crown Series Rocket, $30
5. Taittinger Brut La Francaise and Macanudo 1968 Toro
Described as “almost the essence of Champagne. Crisp, rich and complex,” by Wine Enthusiast, a flute partially filled with Taittinger is an elegant match for the dark Macanudo with black cherry and woody flavors.
Taittinger Brut La Francaise, $45
Macanudo 1968 Toro