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Four supermarket own-label champagnes, all costing £25 or less, have been named Best Buys in the Which? Christmas 2021 champagne taste test.
Waitrose produced the top-scoring bubbly, while Co-op, M&S and Tesco bottles came joint-second in a three-way tie.
Meanwhile, Lidl’s ultra-cheap £12 champagne proved a savvy buy for those on a budget, with a score not far behind the top bottles and praise for its ‘subtle, complex aromas’ from our expert judging panel.
All five bottles beat pricey premium brands including Moët & Chandon (£38) and Taittinger (£36) in our blind taste test.
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Best Buy champagnes – and our top value pick
Our judging panel uncovered four Best Buys that are perfect for Christmas celebrations:
- BEST BUY: Waitrose Blanc De Noirs Brut NV Champagne (£24), 82% – a fresh and fruity fizz, described as ‘lip-smacking’ by one expert. Available from Waitrose.
- BEST BUY: Co-op Les Pionniers Non-Vintage Champagne (£19), 81% – our cheapest Best Buy, this champagne had rich aromas and complex savoury flavours. Available from Co-op.
- BEST BUY: M&S Champagne Delacourt Brut NV (£25), 81% – a complex, richly textured champagne that was pleasant and fruity with prominent acidity. Available from Ocado.
- BEST BUY: Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£21), 81% – toasty and nutty with notes of toffee apple, and a lemony freshness which balanced well against the yeasty complexity. Available from Tesco.
Plus, a great value option which scores slightly lower but is still a worthwhile buy:
- Lidl Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut (£12), 77% – subtle, complex aromas, fresh acidity and a clean, fruity taste. Available from Lidl (in-store only).
To see the full results for all 19 champagnes, including other cheaper options from supermarkets including Aldi, Asda and more, head to our round-up of the best champagne
How we found the best champagne
Our judging panel was made up of four independent wine experts, who blind-tasted 19 non-vintage champagnes, including 14 supermarket own-label champagnes and five widely available champagnes from brands such as Moët & Chandon and Piper Heidsieck.
We asked supermarkets to nominate two widely available bottles that they thought would stand up to the best-selling brands, including a premium own-label costing up to £38 and, if available, a second own-label at a lower price point.
The taste test was conducted blind, so the bottles were anonymised and panellists didn’t know which champagne they were tasting.
Each expert tried the champagnes in a different order to avoid any bias.
Once all the champagnes had been tasted, the panel reviewed their ratings and agreed on a score for each bottle and which ones deserved to be Best Buys.