Vegan Champagne is becoming more popular as the years go on. Many people are interested in veganism for ethical, environmental, or health reasons. Whatever the motive, it is important to know which Champagnes are vegan so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing Champagne.
Table of Contents:
- Is Champagne vegan?
- Vegan Champagne brands
- The best vegan Champagne
- The Best Upmarket Vegan Champagne
- Champagne brands that are not vegan
- So, to summarise…
Is Champagne vegan?
The vast majority of Champagnes are not vegan as they use animal-derived products in their production. This includes things like fish bladder, egg whites, and milk proteins to name a few. These are used to remove impurities from the wine and to give it a certain taste and texture. However, there are a growing number of vegan Champagnes on the market and more producers are beginning to use vegan-friendly methods. As the market is growing, there are increasing options to choose from.
Vegan Champagne brands
Here are some of the best vegan Champagne brands:
- Dom Pérignon
- G. H. Mumm
- Heidsieck & Co.
- Moët & Chandon
- Louis Roederer
- Champagne Lanson
- Palmer & Co
- Perrier-Jouët (excluding Grand Brut)
- Veuve Clicquot
The Best Vegan Champagne
Now that you know some vegan Champagne brands, it's time to choose the best vegan Champagne for you.
The Cattier Brut Antique Premier Cru NV is a Champagne that is made up of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. This prestigious Champagne comes from Premier Cru vineyards and undergoes at least 48 months of lees aging. Because of this ageing process, the Champagne has a smooth and complex rich texture. It has a wonderful nose with a touch of blossom, fresh bread, stone fruits, and hazelnuts. Priced at £39.00, this is a great option for those who are looking for a good quality vegan Champagne that won't break the bank.
H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne is a great option for those who are looking for quality vegan Champagne. This Champagne is made from a blend of 50 different wines from 77 different vineyards, and has a delightful taste. It is light golden yellow in colour with fine bubbles and has aromas of lemon, grapefruit, white peach, apricot, and acidulous apple. The taste is fresh and fruity with strong persistence. It also has a reasonable price tag of £39.00.
The Monopole Brut Champagne by Heidsieck & Co is a great affordable vegan Champagne option with 75cl bottles priced at £32. This Champagne is made with Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, and has a beautiful pale straw yellow colour with emerald accents. It is powerful and offers an almost woody and spicy taste, characterised by intense aromatic richness and a complex finish.
The Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV is a classic Champagne, perfect for any special occasion. It is made with a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, and has a beautiful light golden colour. It has aromas of white flowers, apples, and pears. The taste is well-balanced with beautiful acidity. It is priced at £40.00, which makes it a great mid-priced option.
The Palmer & Co Brut Reserve NV is a balanced and refreshing bottle ideal to be enjoyed on any occasion. It is also made with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The taste is well-balanced with beautiful floral aromas and a touch of freshness with a nose of pear, apricot, hazelnut and hints of buttery brioche. It has a beautiful light golden colour and is priced at £42.00.
Taittinger Brut Reserve is a stunning vegan Champagne, perfect for any special occasion. The luxurious box and the beautiful design also make it a great gift option, all for £38. It is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and the three to four years ageing process gives it a complex and well-rounded taste. The aromas of white flowers, citrus fruits, and brioche make this Champagne perfect for any special occasion.
The Tsarine Cuvee Premium Brut NV is perfect for any special occasion, whether it be a birthday, anniversary or Christmas. The beautiful Snow Globe Tin Gift Box also make it a great gift option. The balanced blend of acidity and richness gives this Champagne a cream and lemon aroma, with a complex and toasty taste. Its finesse and elegant long finish make it the perfect bottle to enjoy with friends or family for an affordable price of £40.
The Best Upmarket Vegan Champagne
If you are looking for a more luxurious and upmarket vegan Champagne, then look no further:
This vintage Champagne is made by one of the most well-renowned Champagne houses in the World, and just so happens to be vegan. Dom Perignon prides itself on using only the finest ingredients, and this £180 bottle of Champagne is no exception. The 2012 vintage is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, and has been aged for 8 years. This Champagne is light and delicate, with a hint of citrus.
This Champagne is priced ever-so-slightly higher than the Dom Perignon, but at £183.25 a bottle, it is still relatively affordable for a high-end Champagne. Krug Grande Cuvee is a blend of around 195 wines from at least 12 different vintages and spends a minimum of 7 years ageing in the Krug cellars. The result is a Champagne with beautiful floral aromas, and a palate of dried and citrus fruits, quince, gingerbread and toasted almonds.
For those who are willing to splash out a little more, the Louis Roederer Cristal 2014 vintage is available at £260 a bottle. This Champagne is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from some of the best vineyards in France and has a bright golden colour. The Cristal 2014 vintage has delicate aromas of white flowers and fruits, and a creamy texture with flavours of stones fruits, ripe green apples, lemon peel and pastry.
For a high-end, yet affordable, vegan Champagne option, this £70 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rich 2012 is a great choice. It's made with a blend of 61% Pinot Noir from Verzenay, 34% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier; and delivers aromas of pear drops, white blossom and tropical mango.
Champagne brands that are not vegan
Here are some of the most popular Champagne brands that are not vegan:
- Charles Lafitte
- Louis Delaunay
Some of these are developing their range to include some vegan options.
So, to summarise…
There are a number of stunning vegan Champagnes available on the market. While some high-end brands are not vegan, there are still plenty of luxurious options to choose from — whether it's for a casual get-together or a more formal event. So why not enjoy a glass (or two!) of delicious vegan Champagne?
For more information, take a look at our Champagne Guide, which provides in-depth information on a range of different Champagnes — including vegan options. If you're after the perfect bottle for your next event, make sure to browse our extensive range of Champagnes.