Elin McCoy's Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2011

- 2011-12-21T22:31:45Z

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NV Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Price: $125

Why: Every year needs a bling bottle for wine showoffs, and the pedigree of this hyper-elegant fizz can't be beat. It's the best of a trio of champagnes in the first, joint wine venture of the Rothschild clan, whose winegrowing families separately own Bordeaux chateaux Lafite, Mouton and Clarke. It's pricy, but subtle complexity and creamy texture back up the label power.