Best Champagne 2019
By Christina Woodger
Find out how champagne from leading supermarkets compares with Laurent-Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck and Veuve Clicquot
Our expert panel taste tested champagnes from big brands for the December 2018 issue of Which? magazine.
Laurent-Perrier, Piper-Heidsieck and Veuve Clicquot, were blind tasted alongside supermarkets' own labels.
- The best champagne
- Best way to chill champagne
- How to taste and serve
- Best prosecco and other fizz
- How we tested
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Table notes: Prices correct at time of publication in October 2018
Once you've carefully selected your champagne, make sure to chill it to get the best out of it.
Put your champagne in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before you plan to serve it. If you’re chilling lots of bottles at once, you’ll need longer.
The classic way to chill and serve champagne is to place it in a container filled with ice and water - this works better than ice alone.
If you've forgotten to chill it at all, you can pop the bottle into the freezer for 20 minutes as a last resort. Remember to set a timer or a reminder on your phone so that you don’t actually freeze it.
Take it out 10 minutes before serving, as the taste and aroma will be stunted if the champagne is too cold.
Prosecco is a popular alternative to champagne, but there are plenty of other sparkling wines to choose from, such as cava, crémant and franciacorta.
As well as taste testing champagnes, our experts also popped the corks of nine bottles of sparkling wine, covering all the types above, ranging from £8 to £16.
We uncovered three Best Buy sparkling wines that really impressed our experts. To find out which fizzes came out tops, head over to our best prosecco and sparkling wines.
Our wine experts tasted nine supermarket own-label and exclusive non-vintage (NV) champagnes, as well as six top-selling big-name champagnes.
All were brut (dry) and cost £35 or less.
- We disguised all of the bottles before they were chilled, and they were tasted by a panel of wine experts using International Standards Organisation (ISO) wine glasses.
- Each expert tried the wines in a different order. They then discussed their tasting notes, agreed on a score for each bottle and decided which ones deserved to be Best Buys.
- Our experts were looking for character, depth and complexity and, according to our panel, you should be able to taste ‘yeast and nuttiness’ in good champagne.
Our experts were:
Charles Metcalfe wine taster and co-chair of the International Wine Challenge (IWC)
Kathryn McWhirter wine taster, author and translator
Peter McCombie Master of Wine, speaker, consultant, co-chairman of the IWC
Richard Bampfield Master of Wine, European Champagne Ambassador 2009
Sam Caporn Master of wine, wine consultant, speaker, writer and IWC judge.