Best Champagne buys

Here we highlight the champagnes we like in the main High Street retailers and some online wine specialists. We’re not looking for cheap champagnes, but rather wines that offer good value at different price levels, even when they are not discounted. Everything that is recommended has been tasted recently.

For those readers who want a wide range of current deals on champagne online, we recommend you click directly through to the WinesDirect websiteAs well as offering you savings on many mainstream brands, this site also gives you access to historical price data – so you can check the lowest level any given brand tends to fall to – price alerts and comparison tools. 


 

Champagne by retailer


Grocery Site / Waitrose Wine Cellar
4 October – 31 October
Laurent Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV, down £10.50 (25%) from £41.99 to £31.49 a bottle.
Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, down £5 (20%) from £22.99 to £17.99 a bottle.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV (37.5cl), down £5 from £22.99 to £17.99 a half bottle.
Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV, down £8 from £42.99 to £34.99 a bottle.

My recommendations
Waitrose Brut Vintage 2005, £24.99 a bottle. 

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2009, £33.99 a bottle. The wines of Le Mesnil made by my namesake Gilles (Marguet) offer some of the best value to be found in the Côte des Blancs. This vintage style made from the sunny ’09 harvest has ripe succulent fruit, creamy texture with a citrus lift. Quite forward now, it has the depth and concentration to develop further with time, so buy a few bottles!
Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2008, down £7.50 (25%) from £28.99 to £21.49 a bottle. 

Waitrose Cellar:
My recommendations

J.L. Vergnon ‘Conversation’ Grand Cru (Le Mesnil) Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, £33.99 a bottle. Exciting, lively with good intensity of flavour and texturally rich, this growers’ fizz from the chalky slopes of Le Mesnil easily outclasses most non-vintage cuvées from the big houses, even at its full price. Further complexity is added by over 22 months post-disgorgement ageing on the cork.
Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2009, £40 a bottle, or £33.99 a bottle without the gift box (see tasting note above).
Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV, £30.99 a bottle.
Fleury Extra Brut Vintage 2002, £42.99 a bottle. Fleury produces characterful wines of real depth and weight from bio-dynamically farmed vineyards in and around the village of Courteron in the Côte des Bars region of Champagne. The ’02 is one of, if not ‘the’ best vintage of the past decade. 
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Magnum, £79.99 a magnum. Always better in magnum with an older harvest base than the 75cl bottles, more poise, complexity and pizzazz.

8 November – 26 December
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut,NV down £11 (25%) from £35 to £26 a bottle.

8 November – 28 November
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, down £11.50 (25%) from £42.00 to £31.50 a bottle.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV, down £11 (25%) from £42.99 to £31.99 a bottle.
Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier Cru Brut NV, down £10 (33%) from £28.99 to £18.99 a bottle.
Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV, down £4.50 (20%) from £21.99 to £17.49 a bottle.
Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé NV, down £7.50 (25%) from £29.99 to £22.49 a bottle. 


Logo General Website
Prices as at 18 October
Piper Heidsieck Brut NV, down £10 from £30 to £20 a bottle.
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV, down £9 from £35 to £26 a bottle.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV, down £8 from £40 to £32 a bottle.



Website
Current offers as at 18 October
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV, down £10 from £33 to £23 a bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £11 from £38 to £27 a bottle.


Grocery Site / Wine by Case
17 October – 30 October
25% off all six bottle purchases of champagne or wine

From 10 October
Chanoine Brut Vintage 2009, down £9 from £30 to £21 a bottle.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, down £32 to £24 a bottle (when you buy six bottles or more).
Bollinger Brut Rosé NV, down from £40 to £30 a bottle (when you buy six bottles or more).

Wine by Case
Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Label Brut NV, down from £162 to £114 per six bottle case, equivalent to £19 a bottle.


Grocery Site / Wines by Case
Current deals online and in-store (prices correct as 18 October)
ASDA Extra Special Brut Vintage 2007, £22 a bottle.

Wines by the Case
Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV, down £8 from £41 to £33 a bottle.
Taittinger Brut Réserve Vintage 2005, down £8 from £46 to £38 a bottle.


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Website
Offers as at 10 October    
Gremillet Brut Selection NV, down £2 from £23.99 to £21.99 a bottle.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, down £3 from £42 to £39.99 a bottle.

Other champagnes:
Gremillet Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, £29.99 a bottle.
Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut NV, £27.99 a bottle.


Website
October offers 
(You can now buy single bottles at Majestic but discounting mainly starts at six bottles)

J de Telmont
Grande Réserve Brut NV, £20.99 a bottle, £15.74 Mix Six price (save £5.25 a bottle).
Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut Vintage 2009, £27.99 a bottle, £20.99 Mix Six price (save £7 a bottle).
Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV, £27.99 a bottle, £20.99 Mix Six price  (save £6 a bottle).
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, £43.99 a bottle, £32.99 Mix Six price (save £11 a bottle).
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV in magnum, £85 a magnum, £63.75 Mix Six price (save £21.25 a magnum).




Website
Current prices as at 10 October
Lanson Extra Age Brut NV, £45 a bottle.
De St Gall
Grand Cru 2009 Brut Vintage, £35 a bottle.

Duval-Leroy Prestige Premier Cru Brut Rosé NV, £35 a bottle (new line).
Duval-Leroy Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV, £35 a bottle (new line).
Duval-Leroy
Femme Brut Vintage 2000, £100 a bottle.



Website
Current offer in store and on line as at 10 October
Veuve Monsigny Brut NV, £10.99 a bottle.

Monsigny Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2006, £19.99 a bottle.


Website
Current offers 10 October
Comte de Senneval Brut NV, £9.99 a bottle.

  • brentdavies1

    Great Staff at Majestic in Cheltenham got me some of the Moet 2006 – they are stars! Advice from Giles is always brilliant.

  • violet peacock

    What do you think of Ocado’s current offer of a Charles Lafitte supposedly previously priced at £33 for £16.99 (and further reduced if combined with a first purchase voucher of £20 off min shop £80, brings five bottles to £65, i.e. £15 each).
    Would value your opinion.

    • I haven’t tried Charles Lafitte for some time but it is a secondary brand produced by Vranken Pommery Monopole and I’d say £16/£17 was closer to its real value, not £33 which I wouldn’t dream of paying for something so ordinary. And at £14.99 your money is better spent on something like De Telmont’s Grande Réserve Brut at Majestic of if you like fresh Blanc de Blancs, all Chardonnay, styles of champagne something like Eric Isselée’s wine from the grand cru of Cramant which you can currently buy for £15.99 a bottle from http://barberaandchampagne.com

      • violet peacock

        Many thanks for your insights.

  • brentdavies1

    Catch 22 at Sainsbury. Ordered 3 Jacquart’s Brut Mosaïque Rosé and 3 Bollinger to get the 25% off. They do not allocate champagne when you order only what is in store on the day of delivery. So the turned up without the Bollinger (out of stock) and only the 3 Jacquat’s and no discount because I did not have 6 bottles! The secret is to accept a substitute for the Bollinger – send back whatever they send and then you get the 25%!! Bizarre way to treat customers.

  • brentdavies1

    Tried the Aldi Veuve Monsigny Brut NV it was cheap and nasty – would not drink it again – threw half the bottle away! Tried the Mumm champagne from ASDA at £20 a bottle – great champagne at a great price.

  • brentdavies1

    Drinking the Moet 2006 that Giles recommended last year – simply brilliant!

    • Sarah Christie

      Agree, that’s fabulous – but not that easy to find!