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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 

Only logged in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes in the table below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the champagne on test. To get instant access join Which?.

Champagne
Retailer Name Price Tasting notes Score
Aldi Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut £12 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Asda Asda Extra Special Premier Cru Champagne £19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Co-op Co-op Les Pionniers NV Champagne £19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Lidl Lidl Comte de Senneval Champagne Brut £12 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
M&S M&S Louis Vertay Champagne Brut NV £20 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Morrisons Morrisons The Best Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV £19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Sainsbury's Sainsbury's Landric Champagne £25 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Spar Spar Marquis Belrive Champagne £17.50 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Tesco Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne £19 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Various Lanson Black Label Brut NV £32 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Various Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne £35 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Various Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV Champagne £34 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Various Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne NV £27 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Various Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV Champagne £35 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Waitrose Waitrose Brut Champagne NV £20 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Table notes: Prices correct at time of publication in 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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