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Our experts tested big brands and supermarkets' own labels

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

Champagne
RetailerNamePriceTasting notesScore
AldiChampagne Veuve Monsigny Brut by Philizot£12.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
AsdaExtra Special Louis Bernard Champagne Premier Cru Brut£19.75Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Co-operativeLes Pionniers Selected Cuvee Brut£19.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
LidlComte de Brismand Brut Reserve Champagne£12.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
M&SDe Saint Gall Brut Premier Cru Tradition£29.00Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
MorrisonsSignature Wm Morrisons Champagne Brut£19.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Sainsbury'sBlanc de Noirs Brut NV£21.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
TescoTesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne Brut£19.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
VariousLanson Black Label Brut NV£32.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
VariousMoet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV£32.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
VariousVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV£36.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
WaitroseWaitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV£21.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
English sparkling wine
RetailerNamePriceTasting notesScore
M&SMarksman English Sparkling Brut NV Blanc
de Blancs Vintage 2009 by Ridgeview
£26.00Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Sainsbury'sTaste the Difference English Sparkling
Brut 2007 by Denbies
£19.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
VariousRidgeview Bloomsbury 2010£24.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
WaitroseBreaky Bottom Brut 2008 Sussex£23.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content
WaitrosePlumpton Estate The Dean Brut NV£20.99Subscriber only contentSubscriber only content

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 Champagne

Watch our video to find out what our experts are looking for in Champagne, and get tips for opening the bottle without wasting a drop.
 

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