The Christmas 2013 Which? taste test reveals a £21.99 supermarket Champagne that beat big-name rivals, including Moet & Chandon. And five Best Buy sparkling wines for under £10.
The latest Which? expert taste test of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and English sparkling wine has revealed the best bubbly to serve your guests this Christmas.
Best Champagne for Christmas
A supermarket Champagne, over £10 cheaper than big-brand names including Lanson, Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, is one of this year’s Best Buy winners in the Which? Champagne taste test.
Our experts thought this winning Champagne was pleasantly floral, with apple and red fruit flavours that lingered in the mouth. One of the critics described it as ‘candied, with a creamy texture’.
Our experts tasted a range of Champagnes, from big brands like Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon to supermarket own labels.
Find out which Champagne you should treat your guests to this Christmas, plus read the full tasting notes and advice on how to best taste and serve Champagne, in our review of Champagnes.
Best Cava and Prosecco
You don’t need to splash out on Champagnes to get a good bubbly. Our experts also tasted cheaper options of sparkling wines, including Cava and Prosecco.
The Which? taste test revealed five Best Buy sparkling wines, all under £10. One is even just over £7.
We also have full expert tasting notes on each of the sparkling wines we tested, so you can pick the perfect bottle to suit your palate. Read our review of sparkling wines.
English sparkling wines
Looking to impress your guests? You could serve them an English sparkling wine.
Our taste test revealed two English sparkling wines that have beaten Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot Champagnes.
Our experts felt that you can now proudly bring a bottle of English sparkling to the table. One of them said: ‘Grape ripeness can be a challenge for English wines, so it’s encouraging to see two of them doing so well.’
Although English sparkling wine is more expensive than Cava and Prosecco, they are a bit cheaper than Champagnes. Find out which English sparkling wine beat Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot in our taste test by reading our review of Champagnes.
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