Decent fizz under £15 a bottle makes a dramatic entrance

The 25% off battle for customers between Sainsbury’s and

Do you favour the fresness of Chardonnay or the depth and richness of Pinot?
Do you favour the freshness of Chardonnay or the depth and richness of Pinot?

Tesco is hotting up from today (23 November) with Sainsbury’s re-introducing it for 12 days on all lines, even those already boasting a considerable discount. While Tesco is doing the same, though it has fewer contemporaneous deals (seven against 17 at Sainsbury’s), one day longer until 5 December (last delivery 4 December).

At Sainsbury’s, there are some amazing deals and very decent fizz at under £15 a bottle is certainly available, until 4 December, in the shape of Sainsbury’s two own label styles — Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs – at just £12 a bottle. And if it is as good as it was 18 months ago, Jacquart’s Continue reading “Decent fizz under £15 a bottle makes a dramatic entrance”

Harder to find decent fizz under £15, but Lidl £3.99 halves decent

Tasting the two cheapest offerings at Sainsbury’s and Tesco last week –Bissinger half bottleLouis Delaunay and Antoine de Clevecy – was not the most exciting experience. As the pound now buys rather less today, post-Brexit, it’s even harder for the large UK retailers to find champagne worthy of the name at much under £15 a bottle. If you want excitement in your glass of fizz, you have to pay more than this and probably look beyond most of the grocers to find it. But Lidl has some half bottles Bissinger Brut NV at just £3.99 a half bottle from yesterday (18 November) which is certainly quite an improvement of the above two offerings.

The best wine I’ve had at under £15 a bottle recently is De Telmont’s generously rich, characterful Grande Réserve Brut, currently ridiculously cheaply priced at just £14.99 in Majestic (Mix Six price). Wines from some of the best co-ops, like Le Mesnil, or growers’ champagnes are worth seeking out, look at the updated Merchant Offers for some suggestions.

Tesco cuts single bottle price to £9 for three days

The battle for customers continues among the grocers, with Tesco Louis Delaunay Champagne (002)introducing new offers on Tuesday (8 November) including GH Mumm at £20 and Lanson Rosé for £25 and this morning (10 November) it cut the price of its exclusive label Louis Delaunay Brut to just £9 a bottle for three days until Saturday (12 November) or while stocks last. The quality of this Continue reading “Tesco cuts single bottle price to £9 for three days”

Try something different or bag a top-flight bargain

Waitrose has by some way the widest selection of sparkling wines and champagnes among the main UK grocers and has introduced some further exciting lines recently, mostly only available through its on-line Waitrose Cellar operation which runs to 63 different champagnes. While the current 25% off promotion is running — until next Tuesday 8 November — this is a great opportunity to try some of these at a bargain price. In addition, there are some attractive deals on some prestigious names, rarely Continue reading “Try something different or bag a top-flight bargain”

Gosset Celebris tasting: 1988 to 2004

Gosset glass launch pic BOver the years I’ve come to like the champagnes made by Gosset more and more. As Didier Gimonnet said to me on a recent visit to Cuis, producers should be judged on the quality of their whole range, not merely on one super-charged cuvée that they produce in minute quantities, as he suggested some commentators are apt to do. But as with the excellent Gimonnet wines, I’d be very happy drinking any Gosset champagnes, Continue reading “Gosset Celebris tasting: 1988 to 2004”

Price war hots up as 25% off deals kick in

As predicted in these pages, the discounting is seriously hotting up in November. While Tesco was first out of the blocks in the last week of October, starting tomorrow (2 November) both Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are introducing new 25% off deals. And joining in the fun, Majestic is offering a 25% discount on everything in its range priced under £100 a Continue reading “Price war hots up as 25% off deals kick in”

Stock up on vintage 2008 while deals last

Tesco’s deal offering 25% off on all its wines and champagnes – on purchases of six bottles or more – comes to an end this coming Monday (31 October) but is only running in tandem with one other discount on Taittinger Brut Réserve (down to £20.25 if you buy at least six bottles). As November nears the discounts are likely to sharpen on the main brands sold through all the grocers, but now may be the time to stock up on a few bottles of vintage Champagne.

There are2016-04-12 12.23.18 some very fine vintage champagnes around, with 2008 an impressive wine in the Continue reading “Stock up on vintage 2008 while deals last”