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’Tis the season for festive get-togethers, when Champagne corks are popped, crystal flutes are raised and spirits are effervescent. Here, four top bottles of sparkling liquid gold.

Bollinger Special Cuvée (NV)
The Champagne of choice for the silver screen’s legendary secret agent James Bond, Bollinger makes perhaps the most premium and iconic nonvintage offering. This Special Cuvée blends smaller amounts of current-harvest grapes with a majority of reserve wines, some aged more than 15 years. $79, Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe, 824 Sunset Ridge Road, Northbrook, 847.498.9300

After Dom Pérignon was repositioned as a standalone brand, parent Moët & Chandon created this new prestige cuvée to fill the void. Unveiled this fall as the biggest launch of the year, MCIII is a blend of wines spanning vintages over the decade from 1993 to 2003, aged in steel tanks, oak casks and bottles. MCIII was introduced in small quantities for collectors and connoisseurs. $450

Nicolas Feuillatte D’Luscious Rosé (NV)
From the leading brand spearheading the demisec revival, this sweeter fruit-forward rosé is a versatile food wine and can stand up to spicy cuisine like Thai, Indian and Vietnamese. It also pairs well with citrus fruits, and sweet and sour flavors. $59, Binny’s, 5100 W. Dempster St., Skokie, 847.674.4200

Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004
The world’s most famous prestige cuvée is coveted by wine collectors, especially in its rosé version. The dark jewel of Dom Pérignon, the rosé is considered the house’s most rare and special wine. Aged more than a decade, the current label, Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004, was released in spring 2015. $315, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., 1511 W. 38 St., 312.482.9996

To officially qualify as Champagne, a sparkling wine must be produced from grapes grown and hand-picked in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France and must be made in accordance with the regulations established by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne. In addition, it must undergo a secondary fermentation in individual bottles. Most Champagnes are nonvintage (NV), a blend of grapes from various years. Vintage Champagnes are made only in exceptional harvest years and must be aged at least three years. Prestige cuvées—Cristal, Dom Pérignon and Krug, for example—are the extra-high-quality flagship products of a house
and typically bear a distinctive appellation.