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Lidl’s £11.99 champagne beats Moët & Chandon and Tattinger to be named best value bottle by Which? 

Lidl’s £11.99 Champagne beats Moët & Chandon and Tattinger to be named best value bottle by Which? expert panel of blind testers (and it’s THREE times cheaper!)

  • Lidl Champagne beats Moet, Taittinger and Piper-Heidsieck bottles in blind test
  • Which? expert panel of blind testers recognised £11.99 bottle for ‘Great Value’ 
  • It was the cheapest bottle the experts tested, costing £26 less than other brands


Budget Champagnes from Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Lidl have beaten bottles costing three times as much in a blind taste test conducted by experts at Which?

Waitrose Blanc De Noirs Brut NV Champagne, £24, was awarded the highest marks (82%) by independent panellists who tasted 19 non-vintage champagnes from supermarkets and best-selling brands for the consumer group’s annual Christmas report. 

Second place went to Co-op Les Pionniers Non-Vintage Champagne, £19, with a score of 81%, followed by M&S Champagne Delacourt Brut NV, £20, at 81%.

Lidl’s Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV, which at £12.49 was the cheapest bottle tasted, scored 77% and was named best value. It came in sixth overall. 

In contrast, Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne, £38, scored 73% and Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, £35, scored 71%. Both finished outside the top 10. 

BEST VALUE: Lidl's Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV, which at £12.49 was the cheapest bottle, scored 77% and came in sixth

BEST OVERALL: Waitrose Blanc De Noirs Brut NV Champagne, £24, left, was awarded the highest marks (82%) in a blind taste test for Which? BEST VALUE: Lidl’s Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV, which at £12.49 was the cheapest bottle, scored 77% and came in sixth

Supermarket sweep! Budget bottles dominate Which? blind taste test of the best Champagnes for Christmas

  1. Waitrose Blanc De Noirs Brut NV Champagne, £24 – 82%
  2. Co-op Les Pionniers Non-Vintage Champagne, £19 – 81%
  3. M&S Champagne Delacourt Brut NV, £20 – 81%
  4. Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne, £21 – 81% 
  5. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Blanc De Noirs Champagne, £21 – 79%
  6. Lidl Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV, £12.95 – 77% 
  7. Lidl Comte de Senneval Champagne Brut NV, £13.50 – 75%
  8. Morrisons Adrien Chopin Champagne, £19 – 74%
  9. Sainsbury’s Landric Champagne Brut, £25 – 74%
  10. M&S Louis Vertay Brut NV Champagne, £17 – 73% 
  11. Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne, £38 – 73%
  12. Morrisons The Best Brut Premier Cru Champagne, £21 – 73%
  13. Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, £35 – 71%
  14. Aldi Philizot et Fils Blanc de Noirs Champagne. £18 – 70%
  15. Lanson Le Black Label Brut Champagne, £35 – 70%
  16. Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, £36 – 69%
  17. Asda Henri Cachet Brut NV Champagne, £14.50 – 68%
  18. Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne, £28 – 68%
  19. Spar Marquis Belrive Champagne, £19 – 68%

Supermarkets were asked to nominate two widely available champagnes that they thought would stand up to the bestselling brands, including a premium own label costing up to £38 and, if available, a second, lower-priced own label champagne.

Each member of the panel tasted the champagnes in a different order to avoid any bias. 

After all the champagnes had been tasted, the panel agreed on a score for each bottle and which ones deserved to be Best Buys. 

Results proved a higher price does not always mean a higher quality bottle, with supermarket wines dominating the top 10. Sainsbury’s Lidl 

Which? commented that Lidl’s ‘Great Value’ Champagne was ‘the cheapest on test, yet it outshone many pricier rivals’. 

M&S Champagne Delacourt Brut NV, £20 - 81%

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne, £21 - 81%

SECOND PLACE: M&S Champagne Delacourt Brut NV, £20 – 81%, left. THIRD PLACE: Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne, £21 – 81%

Lidl’s Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV received a higher rating than bottles from some of the top Champagne houses.

It was was the cheapest bottle the experts tested, at around £26 less than the price of those by the more renowned brands. 

The Lidl champagne scored higher than £35 a bottle Piper-Heidsieck Brut and £36-a-bottle Taittinger Brut Reserve N/V.  

Richard Bampfield, Lidl’s Master of Wine, commented: ‘The results of this expert blind-tasting are a well-deserved endorsement for what truly is a great value bottle of Champagne.  

‘Proving once again that Lidl cannot be beaten on price or quality! 

Lidl’s Veuve Delattre Champagne Brut NV is a brilliant option for those looking to save and impress over the festive period.’

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