Morrison’s own-brand champagne for £ 18 beats supermarket competitors like M & S and Waitrose and Moët & Chandon in the blind taste test for £ 36 – while Aldi’s was the worst
- Morrison’s Adrien Chopin Brut champagne, £ 18, led the expert lead panel
- The judges described the soda as “golden champagne with steamed apple aromas”.
- The top prize was narrowly missed by the £ 20 bottle from the Waitrose brand
- Both supermarkets beat Moet & Chandon, Lanson and Veuve Clicquot
Buyers don’t have to break the bank for the best bottle of Christmas fizz this year as Morrison’s own-brand Champagne beat its famous French rivals in a blind taste test.
The 18-pound bottle of Morrison’s Adrien Chopin Brut champagne exceeded Which? Proof that you can get your hands on top-notch festive fizzy drinks for less than £ 20.
The jury described the soda as “golden champagne with steamed apple aromas, rich aromas and a hint of sweetness”.
Missing out on the top spot, but a Which? The best buy for itself was Waitrose’s Brut Champagne, which came in second with 79 percent.
The £ 18 bottle of Morrison’s Adrien Chopin Brut champagne (left) topped Which? Proof that you can get your hands on a top notch festive soda for less than £ 20.
That what? The panel of experts praised its “ripe red apples and apple blossoms” character, which makes it an ideal party fizz.
But not quite achievable in third place. Which? The best purchase status was Moet & Chandons Imperial Brut Champagne with a score of 78 percent.
It has been described as a pleasure to drink because of its “candied notes, mild aromas, crisp acidity and cashew nut finish”. However, one expert called it “a little boring,” which at 36 pounds could disappoint.
Sainsburys Landric Champagne Brut was also rated at a solid 78 percent with 25 pounds.
The Best Buy status was only just missed, which delights experts with its “citric acid and its roasted, nutty aftertaste”. However, its only critic was of the opinion that there was a lack of fruit with a slightly bitter finish.
At the bottom of the table was Aldis Philizot et Fils organic champagne, which only achieved a 67 percent rating, and was summarized by a panelist as “Wishy Washy”.
But not quite achievable in third place. Which? The best purchase status was Moet & Chandons Imperial Brut Champagne with a score of 78 percent (left). Sainsburys Landric Champagne Brut was also rated at a solid 78 percent with 25 pounds
Harry Rose, editor of Which? The magazine said: “Your Christmas celebrations may be a little more reserved this year, but there is no need to get into the bubbly weather and we are delighted that you can enjoy the best bubbly this season for just £ 18.
“Regardless of whether you opt for excellent champagne at an affordable price or want to pay a little more for a premium brand, our expert tips will ensure that nothing is missing in everything you do this year.”
Some bubbly budgets have also achieved a respectable rating.
The cheapest of the 18 guys in the survey were Lidl’s Brut Champagne Comte de Senneval at £ 12.50 and Aldi’s Brut Veuve Monsigny at £ 13.
Both achieved a score of 74 percent.
Lanson’s Le Black Label Brut, at £ 33, scored 72 percent (left), while M&S Louis Vertay Brut Champagne, at £ 17, scored 74 percent
Sainsbury’s champagne “Taste the Difference Blanc De Noirs” (21 GBP) was also 74 percent. The judges praised the “delicious aroma with a citrus-fruity palate” and the champagne from M & S Louis Vertay Brut (£ 17) and £ 20 Delacourt Brut champagne, which was praised as “citric, crispy and roasted but balanced”.
They beat Tesco’s best Premium Cru Brut champagne at £ 20 and Asda’s Special Louis Bernard Premier Cru.
Tesco and Asda also scored higher than Veuve Clicquot’s Brut Yellow Label Champagne at £ 35 and Lanson’s Le Black Label Brut at £ 33, 73% and 72% respectively.
The Veuve Clicquot has been described as “too ambitious for some” with “brisk lemon notes”, while the Lanson has been praised for “herbal aromas” but has been criticized as “a little undefined”.