There is still nothing that says New Year's Eve as well as a classic dry champagne - the real stuff, not New World imitators. Taittinger is hardly a boutique winery. It is among the most widely distributed champagnes on the planet. But despite its immense production, "La Francaise" has consistently been a paragon of the delicate, elegant style of champagne (as opposed to more robust style such as Bollinger). The nonvintage Taittinger is a wine of great finesse, with subtly yeasty, toasty flavors and fine, crackling bubbles. Spend a few more bucks for the good stuff. You'll be glad you did.
Taittinger Brut 'La Francaise'
From: Champagne, France
Serve with: Caviar and countdowns