Best Champagne buys

With Valentine’s Day this week and Mothering Sunday (11 March) only a month away, it’s that time of year when attention turns to pink styles of Champagne. I still take the view that vintage champagne offers better value for money and often a more enjoyable drinking experience, but there are now a lot more good quality rosés available, and I have to admit, pink champagne does look good in the glass.  

Below, but mainly on the Merchant Offers page where the most interesting options are to be found, I have listed a few favourites and some good pinks I’ve tried recently. Illogically, because demand is now high, retailers have discounted some prices, but many of the wines are not on promotion.  

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

24 January – 20 February
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé NV, down £15 (25%) from £59.99 to £44.99 a bottle.
Bollinger Brut Rosé NV, down £12 (25%) from £48 to £36 a bottle.
Waitrose Brut Rosé NV (Alexandre Bonnet) down £5 (20%) from £24.99 to £19.99 a bottle.
Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé NV, down £13 (25%) from £49.99 to £36.99 a bottle.
Lanson Brut Rosé Brut NV (37.5cl) down £4 (20%) from £19.99 to £15.99 a half bottle.


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7 February – 27 February
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £8 from £35 to £27 a bottle.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Rosé, down £8 from £40 to £33 a bottle.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé NV, down £12 from £60 to £48 a bottle.



Website
Current offers as at 12 February
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £11 from £38 to £27 a bottle.


Grocery Site / Wine by Case
26 January – 14 February
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £8 from £37 to £29 a bottle.

13 February – 11 March

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Rosé, down £8 from £40 to £33 a bottle.


Grocery Site 
Current deals (prices correct as 12 February)
Lanson Brut Rosé NV, down £11 from £37 to £26 a bottle.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé NV, down £5 from £25 to £20 a bottle.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé NV (37.5cl), down £2 from £11 to £9 a half bottle.


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Prices as at 13 February    
Ruinart Brut Rosé NV, £54.99 a bottle.


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February Offers  
(You can now buy single bottles at Majestic but discounting mainly starts at six bottles)

Lanson
 Brut Rosé NV, £36.99 a bottle, £27.73 Mix Six price (save £9.26 a bottle).
Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV, £27.99 a bottle, £22.99 Mix Six price  (save £5 a bottle).
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Rosé NV, £54.99 a bottle, £41.22 Mix Six price (save £13.77 a bottle).
Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Vintage Rosé 2005, £105 a bottle, £94.50 Mix Six price (save £10.50 a bottle).
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV, £59.99 a bottle, £44.97 Mix Six price (save £15.02 a bottle).




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Current prices as at 12 February 

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Brut NV, £52 a bottle.
Duval-Leroy 
Prestige Premier Cru Brut Rosé NV, £35 a bottle (new line).



Website
Current offer in store and on line as at 13 February
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 13 February
Comte de Senneval Brut NV, £10.99 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!