Last week, we looked at sparkling wines in a Champagne style, but on a smaller budget. Today, I say we blow the budget and go deluxe. Are the top Cuvées really worth it, what should you choose and how much should you spend? Do you know your Cristal from your Comtes de Champagne, and can anything compare to Krug?

Krug is a blend of 120 different wines from ten different vintages, and it’s aged in oak barrels adding a luscious quality and depth to the wine. It really is quite unique. It’s also very food-friendly, working with everything from the poshest seafood to eggs benedict at breakfast time.

Krug Grande Cuvée NV (Waitrose, £135). This is a remarkably good price for a bottle that will almost certainly change your life. I’d suggest calling ahead to make sure your local store has stock, as availability is always limited.

Krug Grande Cuvée NV half bottle (Inverarity One to One, £81.49). Krug are one of the very few houses to offer their deluxe Cuvée in a half bottle.

Krug Grande Cuvée NV magnum (Inverarity One to One, £400). And they do large bottles too.

Most other Champagne houses focus on elegance and finesse with their deluxe expressions. You’ll often see ‘blanc de blancs’ on the label, which simply means only white grapes have been used in the production of the wine. In Champagne terms, this means it has to be Chardonnay, and Chardonnay from the Champagne region is amongst the most elegant in the world.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 2007 (Waitrose, £129.99). This was James Bond’s favourite Champagne in the Ian Fleming novels, and it featured in the movie From Russia with Love. If it’s good enough for James…

Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2002 (Inverarity One to One, £140). Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, and one of my long-term favourite producers. The Blanc de Blancs 2002 is, quite simply, the finest expression of the style that you’re likely to come across. It was a perfect year for the Chardonnay grapes, and the purity of fruit in the glass is astonishing. You can drink this immediately, or put it away for another few years. Cheers!