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Best Champagne 2019

By Christina Woodger

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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. 

Discover:

Best champagne 

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Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut
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£12 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

This appley champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pino Meunier and is one of the cheapest champagnes we tested. It has been aged in cellars which Aldi says enhances its complexity, elegance and length.

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Asda Extra Special Premier Cru Champagne
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£19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Asda's champagne is one of the more affordable options that we tasted. Selected from Premier Cru vineyards this 'elegant, fresh and lively' champagne is made to partner fish starters and canapes.

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Co-op Les Pionniers NV Champagne
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£19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Co-op claims that this champagne is 'excellent, year in, year out'. At less than £20 per bottle it also won't break the bank.

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Lidl Comte de Senneval Champagne Brut
 Lidl-Comte-de-Senneval-Champagne-Brut LO-Table1 Price Tasting notes Overall score
£12 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

The champagne brand claims that this cheap and cheerful champagne has an 'attractive mix of citrus and biscuity flavours' that leads to a 'clean, dry finish'. 

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M&S Louis Vertay Champagne Brut NV
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£20 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

This champagne has a slightly floral taste and is described by M&S as an 'elegant, fruity and harmonious' bottle. But will this classic blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay be the star of the show?  

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Morrisons The Best Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV
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£19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

With its grapes picked from one of the 'premier cru villages' in France, Morrisons claimsits £19 champagne is 'noticeably richer and more elegant than standard blends'. But will our expert tasting panel agree?

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Sainsbury's Landric Champagne
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£25 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Sainsbury's champagne is aged in cool dark cellars and is described by the supermarket as having 'inviting aromas of citrus, pear and apricot, with hints of hazelnut and buttery brioche'. At £25 the Landric is the priciest supermarket bottle we tested. But as our taste tests have proved, higher price tags don't always mean better flavour.

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Spar Marquis Belrive Champagne
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£17.50 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

'Hand selected by wine experts', this brut champagne from Spar is battling for a place in your fridge.

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Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne
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£19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Said to be best served with canapes and fish, Tesco claims this champagnes extra maturation makes for 'elegant favours'. But do our experts agree?

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Lanson Black Label Brut NV
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£32 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Lanson was founded in 1760 making it one of the oldest champagne houses around. But does this history mean the bubbles taste any better?

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Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne
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£35 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Considering it's one of the two priciest champagnes in our shortlist, we were hoping this well-known brand could deliver an outstanding glass of fizz.

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV Champagne
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£34 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Purveyors of Champagne, Moët & Chandon has been a long-standing and popular brand. Said to have a 'bright fruitiness', it is perfect paired with sushi and white meats. 

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Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne NV
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£27 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

This 'slightly spicy' smelling champagne is a pale straw yellow colour with emerald accents – but what does it taste it like?

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV Champagne
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£35 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

'Only one quality, the finest'. This is the motto of the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Calling its yellow-label offering a 'symbol of the house', Veuve Clicquot describes its taste as a 'perfect balance between power and finesse'. 

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Waitrose Brut Champagne NV
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£20 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Waitrose website describes their own-label champagne as 'round and fruity with a lovely toastiness'. Made from 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, it can be yours for just £20.  

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Note: Prices correct October 2018.

Best way to chill champagne 

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.

How to taste and serve 

Watch our video to find out what our experts are looking for in champagne, and get top tips for opening the bottle without wasting a drop. 
 

Best prosecco and other fizz 

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.  

How we tested 

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. 

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