Best Champagne List



Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, NSW

(02) 9251 5000

Cuisine  Modern Australian
 Amanda Yallop & Shanteh Wong
WINEs ON LIST 520 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($365-$16 by the glass)

Offering Krug Grand Cuvée by the glass sets the tone for this extraordinary list, not because it’s a roll call of legends and icons with extensive verticals at stupendous prices, but that it’s been carefully curated by Shanteh Wong and presented with an amazing amount of detail.

Here’s just one delicious example – the 2002 Jacquesson Corne Bautray Brut. It’s 100% chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Avize and disgorged in February 2011. Additionally it’s made by Laurent Chiquet and the House dates back to 1798. This is an amazing level of detail especially considering that many Champagne houses hide behind the mysteries of non vintage and perceived house style.

The Quay Champagne list has a unique layout, too. In Wong’s words: “Rather than list all the Champagnes in the traditional manner of non vintage followed by vintage, we have separated them by varietal weight”, and so the first offerings are pure pinot and the last the Blanc de Blancs.

It’s a deeply thoughtful list with a good mix of styles, grower Champagnes and iconic houses, plus a couple of oldies catch the eye. The Quay list is a true celebration of Champagne.



Cru Bar + Cellar

1/22 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld
(07) 3252 2400

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST  Chris Walker
WINEs ON LIST 1,471 (119 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($160-$9 by the glass)

Cru Bar’s by the glass selection is a knock-out starting with diverse and delicious wines under appropriate headings such as medium- & full-bodied whites or full-bodied reds. But wait, there’s more. Wines by the glass via Coravin ensure high-end, rare or older bottles can be shared. The list proper offers a fabulous selection of Queensland producers then continues to unfurl with page after page of excellence.

Vue de Monde

525 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic
(03) 9691 3888

CUISINE  Australian
WINE LIST Dorian Guillon
WINEs ON LIST 2,000 (56 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($115-$17 by the glass)

An experience awaits, admittedly it’s an expensive one of the bucket list variety but super-special nonetheless. The wine options are many, you could start with a wine pairing (prices start at $220/head), or discover some new tastes or the odd classic from around the world from the extensive wines by the glass offering. Fancy a glass of 1997 Chateau Musar Cabernet? Some wine categories are truly mouth-watering, led by Champagne, Burgundy and top Aussie icons, but there will be the odd newbie to discover, too. The Lui Bar is one option not to be overlooked where cocktails from the boom days of the 1860 Victorian Gold Rush have been brought back to life.