Your best-buy supermarket champagne… here’s the festive fizz factor scores

Champagne bubbles in a glass

supermarket prosecco supermarket champagneYup – that’s me on this page. Sadly not the pretty thing in the middle, but the old blob on the left wearing a grey cardie. You’ll see we ran a supermarket festive fizz taste test … here’s the supermarket champagne ratings. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

SUPERMARKET CHAMPAGNE: BEST BUY

Wm Morrison Champagne Brut NV supermarket champagneWm Morrison Champagne Brut NV (Morrisons, £15, down from £19 until January 1st)  This is a silver winner at the International Wine Challenge and is a champagne which is happy in its soul. It has honeysuckle, the juicy tease of ripe red apples, vanilla, cream cake and a summer breeze on the nose. It is soft and subtle with gentle flavours and acidity and the juiciness stays with you long after the last sip. Which is what we want, right?
Fizz Factor: 5/5

SUPERMARKET CHAMPAGNE: BARGAIN BUY

Lidl Champagne Comte De Senneval

Champagne Comte De Senneval (Lidl, £9.99) I really, really liked this. There’s aromas of fresh apples with a touch of cinnamon and a yummy ooze of baked apples too, with some sweet temptation of a baking cake. It’s not in your face though, it is subtle like a spring freshness. Apple flavours are very refreshing, and the bubbles, well, they’re happy little bubbles.
Fizz Factor: 5/5

 Supermarket Champagne: The best of the rest

Champagne Veuve Monsigny Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Aldi, £19.99) You might find this a bit overpowering unless you have a head start in knowing Champagne nuances.  I love this wine. Its an award-winning seasonal  offering which has aromas of apple compote, super-fruity apple tarte tatin, butterscotch and nuts. Side by side with other champers it is almost toffee-like. It has a good acidity and lovely complex rich apple flavours.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier Cru (Waitrose, £17.99, down from £26.99 until January 3)  Ah, this is subtle and feminine, delicate and wistful. There’s fresh apples and apple crumble on the nose, with a “hey notice me” wave from lemons. It is more fruity than complex, has a soft mouth-feel and is confident in itself. The name is inspired by the scent of the vine flower.
Fizz Factor: 4/5 

Les Pionniers Champagne Brut NV (the Co-operative, reduced by £1 to £15.99  until January 3) Ah. One of my evergreen favourites. It is a super-reliable Champers, named after the Rochdale Pioneers who founded the Co-operative movement, and it has a reputation of beating big names in blind tastings. It has a nose of biscuit, brioche and apples, and tastes of toffee-dipped green apples. Very drinkable.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

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Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£16, down from £19, until January 9) The grapes for this champagne come only from premier and grand cru vineyards, which makes for a special experience from beginning to end. The champagne has a rich nose with lots of ripe apples, vanilla and brioche. It has a good balance of fruit and acidity and some lovely fizzy giddiness plays around your tastebuds. It’s not an overbearing style but has finesse and elegance.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Sainsbury’s Champagne Blanc de Noirs (£20) There’s three main champagne grapes, one white, two black. If champagne is made   from the white grape only it is blanc de blancs; if just the black grapes are used, the wine is blanc de noirs. That’s what we have here. There’s sumptuous, tempting aromas of brioche, vanilla, butterscotch and citrus but the taste doesn’t live up to the aromas. Saying that, it has a good balance of acidity and a nice fruity flavour.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

Louis Vertay Brut NV, (Marks & Spencer, £16.50, from £33 until January 1) A High Five to M&S for just scooping 60 medals, including six golds, at the International Wine Challenge last month. This champers has subtle aromas of fresh and dried fruit, with a sweep of tropical fruit which tickle the senses. Lasting bubbles liven the glass and a taste reveals touches of fruity complexity.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

Marquis de Belrive Champagne Brut Reserve (SPAR, £16) I was surprised when I had my first nose dip of this champagne. I said “oooo” because I wasn’t expecting it to have such pretty aromas. It’s not a flag-waving champers, but it’s definitely one you’d be happy to pick up on your way to a party or a family visit. Grapefruit and toasty apples play on the nose and to taste a creamy texture is fizzled with citrus and brioche.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

Champagne Pierre Darcy (Asda, £10, reduced from £18 until  December 27)  Well it’s a tenner so you can’t complain at that, but it needs perking up with fresh raspberries to make it a festive treat. The aromas have buttery edges but there isn’t much fruit; to taste there’s no depth or complexity. In fact it is bland and leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Fizz Factor: 1/5

*First published in December 2016 in several regional UK newspapers including:

Liverpool Echo – South Wales Echo – Daily Post Wales – Huddersfield Examiner – The Chronicle, Newcastle – Teesside Evening Gazette – Birmingham  Mail – Coventry Telegraph – Paisley Daily Express 

Which is the best supermarket prosecco? Here’s the festive fizz factor scores

Christmas fizz glass of bubbles

supermarket proseccoYup – that’s me on this page. Sadly not the pretty thing in the middle, but the old blob on the left wearing a grey cardie. You’ll see we ran a  fizz taste test … here’s the supermarket prosecco ratings if you’re making a last-minute dash to the shops for the sprouts and the bread sauce. Or tuck these ideas behind your ear for New Year!

Supermarket Prosecco: BEST BUY
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore supermarket prosecco

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore,  (£10) One of the nicest proseccos I have tasted and believe me, I’ve tasted a few. With apricot and citrus flavours it has a fruity taste which is very refreshing. There is no bitter after taste either which you can get with some proseccos. This superior-style prosecco is great for getting the party started.
Fizz Factor: 5/5

Supermarket Prosecco: BARGAIN BUY

Belletti Prosecco Extra Dry DOC Aldi supermarket prosecco

Belletti Prosecco Extra Dry DOC  (£5.39, Aldi) I was at the Aldi till clutching prosecco and someone said there was a cheaper one, which her pal had for wedding toasts. It would have been rude not to try it. Here it is – the Belletti is sweet, fresh and fruity on the nose, but crisp and clean too. It has apples and pears, a touch of lemon, a sherbert flirt with peach and almost a candied note.Very party friendly.
Fizz Factor: 5/5

Supermarket Prosecco: The best of the rest

Wm Morrison Prosecco (Morrisons, down from £8.25 to £7.50 until January 1st) I was very impressed by the bubbliness of this, it had some serious fizz for a prosecco and would impress guests as they arrive on Christmas Day. Light, fresh and very pale in colour, it had quite a zesty edge to it and went down a bit too easily. Not as sweet as some proseccos, and as a bonus it also tasted good with food.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Conte Priuli Prosecco NV, (M&S, £12)This extra dry wine manages to stand out in a prosecco marketplace that is getting more and more crowded. It is crisp, refreshing and has a lingering and satisfying after taste. The label boasts tones of peach, honeysuckle and citrus. Don’t know about the honeysuckle, but the peach is very palatable. A  lovely, bright refreshing wine and a cracking partner for all those Christmas party snacks.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Waitrose Prosecco NV (Waitrose, £7.49)  A smooth fruity prosecco with plenty of fizz. It certainly feels like a special occasion when you open the bottle. The taste of the pears and apple really come through and it leaves a sweet almond after-taste.  It is light and bouncy on the palate and would be ideal for Christmas Day.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Allini Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry (Lidl, £5.39) A very dry prosecco with a light and fruity flavour, citrus on the nose and peach on the palette. This would be an excellent aperitif on the big day or make a solid base for a fizzy festive cocktail. This is great as a party-pleaser and if you’re buying for a crowd it’s great on the pennies too.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

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Tesco Finest Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut DOCG (£10)  This boasts  the DOCG label which denotes the highest standard of prosecco.  It’s not bone dry – ‘crisp’ is the word – but it’s more refined than the average prosecco. There are aromas of apple and pear with a hint of peach in the mouth. It’s a lively, fresh-tasting wine and worth the extra couple of pounds if budget price bubbles usually leave you a bit flat.
Fizz Factor: 4/5

Prosecco Extra Dry Speciale (SPAR,  £9) This is new on the market just in time for Christmas and sits on the shelves in a super-slinky flute-shaped bottle. I took it to a gathering of girlie pals and even though it didn’t zizazz their tastebuds, the bottle won them over with its looks. Pears, apples and a pinch of tropical fruit weave their aromas and to taste it is very palatable with the flavours lasting longer than most.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

Prosecco DOC Venti 2 Borgo Molino (The Co-op, £9.99) Another new arrival and this could be a present for a prosecco lover as it is sold in a gift box.  Venti 2 Borgo is bone dry with flavours of apples and pears and some glace fruit – and somehow a hint of cloves. It is lightweight and inoffensive but the flavour doesn’t last a great amount of time.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry NV (Asda, £5)  Very smooth and easy drinking. It has notes of apple, is a bit chalky, a touch grassy – but there’s nothing in this that will stop you knocking back a glass or three once you’re settled with a mince pie and the Christmas telly. As with most other proseccos, it’s great to have to hand but it’s never going to set a connoisseur’s world on fire.
Fizz Factor: 3/5

*First published in December 2016 in several regional UK newspapers including:

Liverpool Echo – South Wales Echo – Daily Post Wales – Huddersfield Examiner – The Chronicle, Newcastle – Teesside Evening Gazette – Birmingham  Mail – Coventry Telegraph – Paisley Daily Express