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

My recommendations
Waitrose Brut Vintage 2005, down £5 from £24.99 to £19.99 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 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. 

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

29 November – 26 December
Waitrose Brut Vintage 2005, down £5 from £24.99 to £19.99 a bottle.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV 37.5cl, down £5 from £22.99 to £17.99 a half bottle.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, down £11 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 Blancs Brut NV, down £5 from £22.99 to £17.99 a bottle.
Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV, down £5 from £22.99 to £17.99 a bottle.


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Website
From 22 November
25% off when you buy six bottles or more until 12 December

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, down £6 from £40 to £34 a bottle.
Piper Heidsieck Brut NV, down £9 from £30 to £21 a bottle.
Lanson Gold Label Brut Vintage 2008, down £5 from £40 to £35 a bottle.
Lanson Black Label Brut NV, down £8 from £30 to £22 a bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £8 from £35 to £27 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon  Brut Impérial NV, down £9 from £35 to £26 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon  Brut Impérial NV Rosé, down £10 from £40 to £30 a bottle.
Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, down £4 from £20 to £16 a bottle.
Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Brut NV magnum, down £5 from £40 to £35 a magnum. 
Sainsbury’s
Blanc de Noirs Brut NV, down £4 from £20 to £16 a bottle.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé NV, down £12 from £60 to £48 a bottle.



Website
Current offers as at 11 December
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV, down £10 from £33 to £23 a bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £10 from £37 to £27 a bottle.
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV, down £7 from £35 to £28 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV, down £10 from £35 to £25 a bottle.


Grocery Site / Wine by Case
12 December – 1 January
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, down £8 from £42 to £34 a bottle.
Lanson Gold Label Brut Vintage 2008, down £7 from £44 to £37 a bottle.
Lanson
Black Label Brut NV, down £10 from £32 to £22 a bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £10 from £37 to £27 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008, down £6 from £44 to £38 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV, down £7 from £34 to £27 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé NV, down £11 from £40 to £29 a bottle.


Grocery Site / Wines by Case
Current deals online and in-store (prices correct as 11 December)
ASDA Extra Special Brut Vintage 2007, £22 a bottle.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, down £12 from £44 to £30 a bottle.
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV, down £9 from £33 to £24 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV, down £9 from £34 to £25 a bottle.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé NV (37.5cl), down £4 from £15 to £11 a half bottle.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV (37.5cl), down £4 from £14 to £10 a half bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £9.50 from £37 to £27.50 a bottle.
Lanson Black Label Brut NV, down £9.50 from £32 to £22.50 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 14 November    
Gremillet Brut Selection NV, down £2 from £23.99 to £21.99 a bottle.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, down £3 from £42.99 to £39.99 a bottle.
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV, down £9 from £38.99 to £29.99 a bottle.

Other champagnes:
Gremillet Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, £29.99 a bottle. A rich and developed style from this Côte des Bars based producer, with some of the fruit coming from the isolated cru of Montgueux, which is due east of the city of Troyes, and known as the Montrachet of Champagne because of the luscious ripe Chardonnay it can produce.
Vilmart Grand Réserve Brut Premier Cru NV, £32.99 a bottle.


Website
Offers valid until 27 November
(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, £17.49 Mix Six price (save £3.50 a bottle).
Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut Vintage 2009, £27.99 a bottle, £21.99 Mix Six price (save £6 a bottle).
Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV, £27.99 a bottle, £22.99 Mix Six price  (save £5 a bottle).
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV, £43.99 a bottle, £34.99 Mix Six price (save £9 a bottle).
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV, £41.99 a bottle, £26.99 Mix Six (save £15 a bottle).

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV in magnum, £85 a magnum, £76.50 Mix Six price (save £8.50 a magnum).




Website
Current prices as at 14 November 
Lanson Extra Age Brut NV, £45 a bottle.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006, £60 a bottle.
De St Gall
Grand Cru 2009 Brut Vintage, £35 a bottle. Inviting top class vintage champagne from a warm year, made by highly-rated co-operative based in Avize. A lot of wine for your money and the 2012 vintage that follows on soon is at least as good, in a more, elegant, restrained way.

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).



Website
Current offer in store and on line as at 14 November
Philizot Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut NV magnum, down from £39.99 to £31.99 a magnum.
Philippe D’Albecourt Cuvée de Réserve Brut NV 37.5cl, £9.99 a half bottle. Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable, mature, rounded fizz with some attractive richness to it. A bargain.
Veuve Monsigny Brut NV, £10.99 a bottle.
Veuve Monsigny Brut Rosé NV, £15.99 a bottle.

Monsigny Brut Vintage 2003, £19.99 a bottle. Mature, some might say over mature, vintage champagne from the earliest, warmest harvest on record, which has gone super toasty but would go well with aged parmesan.  


Website
Current offers 14 November
Comte de Senneval Brut NV, £10.99 a bottle.
A de Senneval Prmier Cru Brut NV, £16.99 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!