If you can’t treat yourself to a bottle of bubbly at Christmas, then when can you? But there’s no need to spend a lot, as we’ve found four champagnes on a budget that have rave reviews!
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and all that – so here are they are, our favourite picks (in no particular order) to put some fizz in your holidays, and make you look like the perfect host or hostess.
So, grab a glass and let’s go…
VeuveMonsigny Champagne Brut by Philizot–£9.99, 75cl
The critics say , a golden hue, small bubbles in a perfect upward spiral, a crisp flavour and a truffly scent.
It tastes nice and light, so it’s perfect to sip on while watching the Queen’s speech on Christmas day!(It’s even a silver medal winner at last year’s international wine competitions).
Plus it’s a steal at £9.99!
Lidl Comte de Brismand Champagne Brut – £11.99, 75cl
If you like your champagne smooth and mild, with no bitterness and a ‘hint of caramel’, according to critics, then Lidl’s offering is the one for you.
At £11.99, it has a fruity flavour and apple aromas, and has been described as tastier than more expensive champagnes.
So how’s that for beating the budget? It’s cheaper and it’s better too – which makes it taste even better to us!
Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut – £10, 75cl
Asda’s elegant blend of chardonnay has proved really popular, and as such they’ve generally kept it at this cut-down price for a while now.
Get a bottle while it’s going for £10 – it’s TV presenter and wine expert, Olly Smith recommends it, describing it as a ‘bright, dancing fizz’ with a ‘subtle, moreish character’.
So it should have you dancing along with it while you’re preparing the Christmas dinner to a few festive favourites on the radio!
Tesco Finest* Premier Cru Champagne – £19.99, 75cl
To spend a little bit extra, but still bag a bargain, go for the Tesco Finest Premier Cru.
It’s been described as high in creamy chardonnay, and is a very crisp and elegant champagne with hints of citrus.
A good one for the big moment on New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight, and you can toast in 2015 with some quality fizz that won’t break the bank.
And just for fun: what’s the most expensive in the world?
Just in case you wanted to know, the priciest at £1.2 million is Goût de Diamants’ Taste of Diamonds champagne.
Have you tried any of these? Let us know, or tell us what your favourite tipple is in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!
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