The best Christmas food Best Champagne for Christmas
Our expert panel has taste-tested a range of Champagnes, from big brands such as Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon to supermarkets' own labels. Here, we reveal the best Champagne to buy this Christmas.
In the table below, Which? members can see the two Best Buy Champagnes for 2013 along with tasting notes for all 12 Champagnes that we reviewed - the winning Champagne costs substantially less than the priciest we tested.
Which? members can log in to see the full results. If you're not a Which? member, you can take out a £1 Which? trial to see the best and worst Champagnes as well as gain access to all of our other reviews. Otherwise you will see an alphabetically ordered list of all the Champagnes we tested.
And if you want to see how the Champagnes compare to similarly-priced English sparkling wines, Which? members can just scroll down and look at the second table beneath. Are you more interested in Prosecco and Cava? We've found five Best Buys for under £10 - check out our sparkling wine reviews.
Best Champagne to buy for Christmas
How Which? tests Champagne and sparkling wine
We asked a range of supermarkets to nominate one own-brand or exclusive non-vintage brut white Champagne and one own-label or exclusive brut white sparkling wine. We limited the price of Champagnes to £35 and the sparkling wines to between £6.75 and £20. We also included a few famous brands and five English sparkling wines - we put them above, with the Champagnes, because of the parity in prices.
All prices were correct at the time of publishing, but look out for special Christmas and New Year deals.
We disguise all of the bottles in black plastic bags to ensure complete impartiality and fairness, and then ask a panel of external wine experts to taste them. Each expert tries the wines in a different order and takes notes as they go. The experts then discuss their tasting notes and agree on a score for each bottle.
This year our wine experts were: Charles Metcalfe, author, wine and food speaker and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge (IWC); Derek Smedley MW, Master of Wine since 1968; Peter MCombie MW, speaker, wine consultant and co-chairman of the IWC; Kathryn McWhirter, author and wine writer; and Joanna Simon, award-winning writer whose experience includes 22 years as the Sunday Times' wine critic.
How to taste and serve ChampagneWatch our video to find out what our experts are looking for in Champagne, and get tips for opening the bottle without wasting a drop.