Which? reveals Best Buy Christmas puddings and Champagne Save money and get the best Xmas pud and fizz

17 November 2012

Please note: new winners were chosen for Christmas 2013. View the best Champagnes and best sparkling wines 2013.

Which? expert panel taste tests reveal you don't have to pay a fortune to get a Best Buy Champagne, sparkling wine or Christmas pudding this festive season.

Both of our Best Buy Champagnes were supermarket own-label and beat leading brand Moët & Chandon, proving that established, well-known brands aren't always the best.

Sainsbury's scored a hat-trick with its champagne, sparkling wine and Christmas pudding all featuring in our Best Buy lists.

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Top-scoring Champagnes 2012

Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs (£20.99) was rated as the top Champagne. The expert panel described it as 'rich and rounded' and an ideal dinner accompaniment. 

Find out more about this and our other two Best Buy Champagnes, and discover which supermarket Champagnes under £20 beat leading brand Moët & Chandon, by going to best Champagne for Christmas.

Last year's (2011) winner Lidl Comte de Brismand (£12.99) failed to impress, 'lacked character' and came bottom of the scoreboard.

Winning sparkling wine 2012

If you want to still have the fun and flavour of bubbles, but at a much lower cost, then a Best Buy Sparkling wine is for you. 

Our top-scoring Best Buy was Morrisons Pongrácz Brut South Africa (£13.99). The expert panel enjoyed the frothing, lively bubbles, the fresh fruity aroma and the flavoursome finish of this light, dry sparkling wine.

One of our other two Best Buy sparkling wines costs less than £11 a bottle. Find out more and see our expert video on opening a bottle of bubbly by going to best Champagne for Christmas.

Best Christmas puddings

Our experts put supermarket premium Christmas puddings to the test, and found that the most expensive aren't always the best.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cognac Laced Christmas Pudding (£5, 450g; £12, 900g) topped the tasting, and the panel praised the 'great aroma' and light texture.

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