Which? reveals best tasting ChampagneWhich supermarket bubblies beat the big brands?
18 November 2015
You don’t need to splash the cash to indulge in a little luxury this Christmas. Our top-rated Best Buy Champagne, from the Co-operative, costs just £16.99.
The Co-operative Les Pionniers NV Champagne had just the right balance of flavours to wow the wine experts in our recent Champagne taste test. Its complexity and depth came through in its nutty taste and it was awarded an 85% top score.
If you prefer dry champagnes, Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Best Buy should be top of your Champagne shopping list. Its apple and citrus notes won our judges over – and it’s in shops for under £25.
Looking for a festive gift for a wine lover? Our big brand Best Buy Champagne is guaranteed to impress. Lanson Black Label Brut NV – the priciest of our Champagne Best Buys at £30 – is pleasingly fresh, with hints of fruits and spice.
Best Champagne and sparkling wine
Our wine experts were pleasantly surprised that this year’s crop of bubblies are much more fresh and clean than in recent years.
But our taste test revealed a few duds that might strip the fun from your festive fizz. Be sure to avoid the odd-tasting tipples and fizzes that fall flat by consulting our full tasting notes in our Champagne review before you shop.
And if prosecco is more to your taste – our experts also taste tested Champagne’s fresher, fruitier and more purse-friendly Italian cousin. Find out which prosecco is the perfect bottle to stock up on ahead of the holidays in our Prosecco reviews.
Best fizz pairing for mince pies
Sweeter sparkling wines, such as moscato, are refreshing and fruity and pair well with Christmas pudding and mince pies. We taste tested Moscato and found a delicious bottle for under a fiver. Visit our sparkling moscato review to find out which bottle you should be bringing out with the brandy butter.
How we tested Champagne
Our experts were Charles Metcalfe, Kathryn McWhirter, Peter McCombie MW, Sam Caporn MW, and Anthony Rose.
They blind-tasted our champagnes and sparkling wines. Each expert tries the wines in a different order before they discuss their tasting notes and agree on a score for each bottle. Prices were correct as we went to press.