By Hannah Walsh
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, such as Laurent-Perrier, Piper Heidsieck and Veuve Clicquot, alongside supermarkets' own labels. We've found fantastic fizz for your festive table, including three Best Buy Champagnes that impressed with their elegant style and balance.
Only logged in Which? members can view the results and tasting notes in the table below plus our wine expert's tips on the best wines to pair with everything from turkey to pudding for your Christmas dinner and beyond.
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Table notes: Prices correct at time of publication in November 2017
How we taste test champagne
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. Below, you can watch a timelapse video from our busy day of Christmas drinks taste testing.
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.
This year our wine experts were: Sarah Abbott, Master of Wine, Swirl and Savour wine events founder, co-chairmen of the International Wine Challenge co-chair; Oz Clarke, award-winning wine writer, speaker and broadcaster; Helen McGinn, wine taster, author and international wine judge; Kathryn McWhirter, author, writer and translator (mainly about wine); and Charles Metcalfe, author, wine and food speaker and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge (IWC)
Prosecco is a popular alternative to Champagne, and there are plenty of bottles on supermarket shelves – but we’ve found that not all are equal. This year, our expert panel popped the corks of 11 bottles of prosecco from leading supermarkets, ranging from £7 up to £12.
Each prosecco was disguised before being chilled and blind taste tested by our expert panel. We uncovered one sparkling Best Buy prosecco that impressed our experts with pear and white peach flavours, and a 'lovely fizz'.
To find out which fizz impressed our panel, head over to our Best prosecco page.
How to taste and serve ChampagneWatch 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.
Wines to serve with your Christmas dinner
For our expert recommendations on the hearty reds to serve with your Christmas feast, head over to our best winter reds page. We've included 11 bottles from leading supermarkets, with some budget-friendly options under £6. And, we’ve got something for everyone – from rich, deep reds to pair with your turkey to the perfect plonk for relaxing in front of a Christmas film.
Which? members can log in now to view our member exclusive video on the drinks to serve with different Christmas foods, from mince pies through to Christmas turkey and the final flourish of Christmas pudding, recommended by our expert Charles Metcalfe.