Forget Moet, raise a toast to supermarket champagne: Own-label fizz from Aldi, Tesco and Waitrose beats some of France’s most-celebrated houses
- Experts said the Moet & Chandon champagne ‘did not particularly impress’
- It was beaten by Tesco Finest Premier Cru and Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut
- Aldi’s Specially Selected Crémant du Jura 2019 was the top sparkling wine
Experts said the Moet & Chandon champagne (pictured) ‘did not particularly impress’, giving it a score of 68 per cent
Corks will be popping across the country for those with champagne tastes but a lemonade budget.
In blind taste tests, supermarket own-label champagnes have soundly beaten offerings from some of France‘s most-celebrated houses.
While budget sparkling wine as little as £8.99 also goes down a treat, experts at consumer champion Which? found.
Judges were impressed by the Tesco champers’ ‘expressive aromas and flavours of brioche, roasted apples and a nutty finish’.
And they praised the Waitrose fizz as ‘pleasing and rewarding… with delicate, toasty notes and ripe fruit aromas’.
Moet & Chandon, at £39 a bottle, was beaten by Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (left), £23, and Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut (right), £25.99, which tied top with scores of 82 per cent
In contrast, experts said the Moet ‘did not particularly impress’, giving it a score of 68 per cent and ranking it in 11th place out of the 15 tested. In the sparkling wine category, Aldi’s Specially Selected Crémant du Jura 2019, priced at £8.99, came top with 74 per cent.
Natalie Hitchins, from Which?, said: ‘No matter what your budget is, you can be sure that your celebrations will fizz with top-quality champagne.
‘Our taste tests have proven that supermarket champagnes can more than hold their own against the famous champagne houses, delivering excellent quality and great value for money.’