Get it first: Christmas Best Buys November 2016

Beat the crowds this Christmas

  • See the brands that topped our taste tests
  • Best Buy champagne for less than £10
  • The supermarket Christmas pudding that beat the rest
Champagne Taster

Best Buys for Christmas

We've got eight new Best Buys for your festive feasts – and you can get your hands on them first.

Champagnes

Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut Non Vintage 80% £30

Our highest-scoring Champagne this Christmas – our experts said it was 'crisp, fresh, creamy, savoury and appealing'. Some loved its 'nuttiness'. Others enjoyed its 'full, fruity' flavours. It’s not cheap – but everyone agreed it was the top-scorer. Go on. Treat yourself.

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Non Vintage
 79% £20

This supermarket standout was elegant and rich. 'Tasty', and with a 'buttery character', it’s great if you like a creamier style of Champagne. It scored nearly as highly as our top-scorer. But it’s £10 cheaper. Worth popping in the trolley on your next trip to Sainbury’s.

Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut 78% £9.99

This Champagne is a massive £20 cheaper than the top scorer. But our team of champagne connoisseurs praised its 'excellent balance and freshness'. Great news for your budget and your palate. See you in the queue…

Prosecco

Co-op Prosecco 74% £6.99

Our only Best Buy prosecco this year. One expert said this fizz was 'fragrant on the palate and nose'.  It has a 'good balance of sweetness and acidity', with hints of lemon thrown in for good measure. At £4 cheaper than the priciest prosecco we tasted, this bottle of bubbles is worth tracking down.

Winter red wine

Aldi Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec 2016 76% £5.99

According to our wine buffs, Argentinian Malbecs are the winter red to go for at this price range. And this one’s a Christmas cracker. Our experts liked the 'big, red fruit flavours and rich tannins'. And one praised its 'long, fragrant finish'. Perfect for a cosy evening in.

Christmas puddings

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cognac-Laced Christmas Pudding 79% £10 for 900g (£11.11/kg)

Some of our tasters assumed this pud was very expensive. Full of fruit and nuts, our experts praised this pudding for its 'soft, light texture' and 'balanced spice'. Definitely one for the table.

M&S 8 Month Matured Vintage Christmas Pudding 77% £12 for 800g (£15/kg)

This year, this M&S matured vintage pudding delivers. It’s packed with fruit, and has a strong, orange flavour. One taster said the flavour develops 'like a vintage wine or fine-aged cheese' – and they questioned if it was home-made (which means you could perhaps pass it off as your own work and bask in the glory).

Harrods Classic Christmas Pudding 76% £11.50 for 907g (£12.68/kg)

Knightsbridge’s famous department store does a beautiful-looking pud. Its 'smooth, elegant' exterior encases 'big chunks of fruit and nut'. And taste wise, the 'citrus hints', 'chocolate notes', and 'sweet marmalade aroma' impressed our experts.

And there’s more…

The full results are on their way – you'll be able to read details of all the food and drink we tested for Christmas from 18 November 2016 online (or in your Which? magazine later this week) – and find out exactly which Christmas nibbles were a real treat for our testing team.

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