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 website. As 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gremillet Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, £29.99 a bottle.
Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut NV, £27.99 a bottle.
(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).
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.
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.
Current offers 10 October
Comte de Senneval Brut NV, £9.99 a bottle.