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Waitrose champagne named one of three Which? Best Buy bubbles for Christmas

£20 supermarket fizz beats some big brands that cost nearly twice as much

Waitrose champagne named one of three Which? Best Buy bubbles for Christmas

A £20 Waitrose champagne has beaten other supermarket fizz to be named a Which? Best Buy for Christmas 2019.

Waitrose & Partners Brut Champagne was scored 80% by our panel of wine experts.

Piper Heidsieck (£33) and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label (£35) were the other two bubblies deemed brilliant enough to be named Which? Best Buys – both scored 81%.

The cheapest champagne we tasted this year came from Lidl. The Lidl Comte de Senneval Brut NV (£11.50) scored a commendable 77%. The panel noted its ‘beautiful touch of apple strudel’, but some found this bargain short on flavour.

See how others scored in our round-up of the best champagnes of 2019.

Top three champagnes for Christmas 2019

Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne, 81%

  • £33 for 75cl, vegan and vegetarian

Our experts agreed that this Piper-Heidsieck will satisfy from the first sip to the last, thanks to its clean yet rich taste. They said it’s a proper ‘serious’ champers for those who want the best.

They noted its aged, savoury ‘umami’ edge and a smorgasbord of citrus fruits underneath, and described it as more decadent than our other top scorer, the Veuve Clicquot.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, 81%

  • £35 for 75cl, vegan and vegetarian

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is a fresh, fruity and slightly malty champagne and totally different to the Piper Heidsieck.

It’s one of the priciest bottles of Champers our experts tasted, but they agreed that it’s worth splashing out on.

Easy-going and elegant, its long, delicious finish will have you going back for more.

Waitrose & Partners Champagne Brut, 80%

  • £20 for 75cl, vegan and vegetarian

Our cheapest Best Buy champagne. It had an aroma of buttery, baked pastries, and tasted fresh and lively – almost reminiscent of cream soda – with fruity hints.

It also had an elegant, well-balanced and lengthy finish that made it wonderfully moreish.

Don’t fancy splashing out on champagne? We’ve also found three Best Buy proseccos and sparkling whites for £12 and under.

What came bottom?

Two of the most expensive and premium big brands were rated near the bottom of the table of those our experts tasted.

G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, 68%

  • £35 for 75cl, vegan and vegetarian

A big name but not big on flavour, our experts thought. This champagne won’t thrill, they said. It was a pretty and citrus-driven drink with a savoury depth but didn’t have a lot of interesting flavours. You can get a lot better for your money.

Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut, 67%

  • £35 for 75cl, vegan and vegetarian

Lanson’s Black Label was the Marmite-equivalent of our fizz taste test. It has big flavours, just perhaps not to everyone’s taste.

Find out which supermarket champagne came bottom in our round-up of best champagne 2019.

About our testing

Our experts blind-tasted eight supermarket own-label and exclusive champagnes and seven top-selling big-name champagnes, all ranging from £11.50 to £35.

The five members of our wine expert tasting panel included the co-chairs of the International Wine Challenge and two Masters of Wine.

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