Now the Tesco £8 deal on the very drinkable Louis Delaunay Brut NV, has come to an end — unless you are in an all night Tesco that still has stocks — which of the current offers is worth making a bee-line for? A quick visit to Sainsbury’s Savacentre in Colliers Wood today, revealed a few things I’d put in my trolley, though I had to scrabble about in the bottom shelf to find the best current buy they offer in the shape of the, back on top form, Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs you can pick up for just £13.50 if you buy at least five other bottles of wine.
As a regular supermarket ‘own label’ champagne we didn’t include it in our recent taste off of supermarket ‘exclusive labels’, but if we had, it would have been right up at the top given its fine biscuity complexity and textural development. Best to get in at least a case for the fast approaching holiday period. You’d have thought given the recent prominent mention in the Which Magazine tasting the grocer would have been shouting about its success with this wine, supplied by Duval Leroy for many years now, but in fact is was completely hidden away. I also spotted this (see picture) gift box wrapped 2004 Vintage of Lanson Gold Label priced at £40, so if you include it in your six bottle plus shop it’s down to just £30, I’d bag a couple of those too. Useful for presents, but if you don’t like anyone that much, good to drink yourself.
I didn’t spot but, I guess they were there, the magnums of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, I think if you include them with five bottles you will get the £45 price as the till system doesn’t distinguish between bottles, half bottles and magnum (but I need to check this with the grocer’s press office). Champagne always tastes better in magnum, and in many cases, and it is certainly true with Clicquot, it’s a different longer aged blend to that in the 75cl bottle. If you want a really decent rosé champagne the Jacquart blend has been top rate of late and it’s an out an out bargain at £21 (if you have bought at least five other bottles).
Over at M&S in the new deals that started today (2 December) I’d particularly commend the Abel Charlot Brut the price of which has dropped to £16 a bottle. This was the wine that had my highest score in the recent taste off of 18 fizzes, it has some reserve wine and a bit of bottle age so it’s rich and mellow. This is made for M&S by the Reims Co-operative that markets the De Castelnau brand and it’s a recognisable relative of this excellent champagne. I have also been impressed by the new to M&S the Charles Mignon champagnes, two of which are also now on deals.
At Tesco, if pink champagne is your thing, there are three mainstream rosés all on attractive deals from Lanson, Moët and Veuve Clicquot, but the last named is the wine that exudes class and finesse, thanks to all the work they have done there on the red wine component in the blend and it is priced at £32.99 until 16 December.
I’ll take a look at the new deals at Majestic and Waitrose that start tomorrow (3 December) shortly, but if you want to move away from the mainstream brands and look at growers’ champagnes, one of the best selections you will find is at Berry Bros & Rudd and I have just updated their entry on the Latest Champagne offers page with some suggestions based on wines I have recently hugely enjoyed.