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Top 10 Best Champagnes in the UK 2021 (Taittinger, Moët & Chandon, and More)

Nothing livens up a party like a bottle of champagne! This type of sparkling wine comes from the Champagne region of northern France and is made from a mixture of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay grapes. It's extra bubbly in comparison to other alcoholic beverages due to a complex fermentation process and can be sweet, dry, or even rosé - it all depends on the variety that you choose!


To help you find the right bottle for your budget, we've created a buying guide with everything you need to know: sweetness levels, vintage versus non-vintage, and the calorie content. Then, we'll share our favourite offers from Amazon, Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose, from top brands like Pollinger, Taittinger, and Moët & Chandon. Let's get started and find your perfect boozy match, be it for a brunch mimosa or an all-out celebration! 

  • Last updated: 26-02-2021
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How to Choose a Champagne in the UK - Buying Guide

Without further ado, let's cover the champagne basics: the different sweetness levels and whether it's worth opting for a vintage bottle. Plus, we've got some useful calorie information for those who are trying to stay healthy but still want a treat.

Select the Right Level of Sweetness to Suit Your Taste Buds and Match Your Meal

The most important factor when choosing a bottle of champagne is the sweetness - levels range from dry extra brut to super-sweet demi-sec, and each works best with a different kind of cuisine. Here, we'll cover some of the most popular types.

Pair Acidic Extra Brut With Poultry or Rice Dishes

Pair Acidic Extra Brut With Poultry or Rice Dishes
Extra brut champagne has the lowest level of sugar (less than 0.6%), making it a great option for those who aren't too keen on sweet alcohol. It tastes dry and slightly acidic, but it's less dry than regular brut.

Although the bitter flavour won't suit desserts, it works exceptionally well with savoury dishes such as succulent oven-roasted chicken or earthy mushroom risotto - this is definitely one to drink with dinner rather than on its own!

Versatile Brut Tastes Great Alongside Most Types of Cuisine

Versatile Brut Tastes Great Alongside Most Types of Cuisine
As it only has 1.5% sugar, brut champagne is fairly dry-tasting with a citrus flavour. It's the most popular option available in supermarkets and online stores because it tastes unbelievably delicious with every type of cuisine! 

The high acidity of this type of champagne cuts through oils and fats, so brut can be paired with anything from grilled fish to crispy fried tofu. It tastes nice on its own too, which is handy if you fancy a glass after work but don't feel like cooking.

Sweet Demi-Sec Is the Ideal Choice at Dessert Time

Sweet Demi-Sec Is the Ideal Choice at Dessert Time
Fancy something a little bit sweeter? Demi-sec (literally meaning "half-dry") tends to contain between 3.3% and 5% sugar, so it'll hit the spot without being too sickly. It's usually fairly fruity in flavour and some brands even taste similar to red wine.

Demi-sec is the perfect choice for after dinner, as an accompaniment to a decadent dessert like chocolate cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding. You could even pop it into your picnic basket alongside a punnet of fresh strawberries for a boozy treat on a hot summer's day.

Vintage or Non-Vintage? Understanding The Difference in Quality and Price

Vintage or Non-Vintage? Understanding The Difference in Quality and Price

Most champagne is non-vintage, meaning it's made with a blend of grapes from different years. Non-vintage bottles make up the majority of the champagne market, so they tend to be inexpensive to buy and are the most cost-effective option if you like to have a glass of bubbly on a regular basis.


Vintage champagne though, where the grapes used in the fermentation process are all from the same top-quality harvest on a particular year, isn't as easy to find in the supermarket. As a result, it's usually much more expensive than your average bottle of sparkling wine - perfect for special occasions that require something fancy!

If You're Concerned About Calories, Opt for Extra Brut or Brut

If You're Concerned About Calories, Opt for Extra Brut or Brut

Like most types of wine, champagne is pretty high in calories, due to the sugar content. The average glass contains 95 calories - that's the equivalent of almost four squares of milk chocolate! 


Those trying to lose weight or stay healthy should opt for extra brut and brut varieties of champagne, which have much lower amounts of sugar (and therefore fewer calories!) than super-sweet demi-sec. And, of course, champagne should be enjoyed responsibly as an occasional treat rather than a staple of your diet!

Top 10 Best Champagnes in the UK

Now that you know what to look out for when choosing a champagne, it’s time to browse our list of recommendations! From the finest vintage brut to an everyday demi-sec blend, we’ve chosen a variety of bottles to suit all tastes and budgets.

10

PommeryPop Non-Vintage Brut Champagne

£25.00

Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving81
Alcohol Content12.5%
9

Pol Roger Pure Extra Brut NV Champagne

£49.99

Sweetness LevelExtra brut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving-
Alcohol Content12%
8
Sweetness LevelDemi-sec
VintageNo
Calories per Serving75
Alcohol Content12%
7

Henri Cachet Champagne Brut

£13.50

Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving-
Alcohol Content12%
6

Lanson Ivory Label Non-Vintage Demi-Sec Gift Box

£34.95

Sweetness LevelDemi-sec
VintageNo
Calories per Serving-
Alcohol Content12.5%
5

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012 Gift Box

£51.00

Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageYes
Calories per Serving-
Alcohol Content12%
4
Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving95
Alcohol Content12%
3

Louis Roederer Brut Premier Non-Vintage

£35.99

Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving84
Alcohol Content12%
2
Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving83
Alcohol Content12%
1

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

£33.75

Sweetness LevelBrut
VintageNo
Calories per Serving95
Alcohol Content12%

Compare the Best Champagnes

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1
Perrier-Jouët  Grand Brut Non-Vintage Champagne 1

Perrier-Jouët

2
Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut  1

Moët & Chandon

3
Louis Roederer  Brut Premier Non-Vintage 1

Louis Roederer

4
Taittinger Brut Reserve Non-Vintage Champagne 1

Taittinger

5
Veuve Clicquot  Vintage 2012 Gift Box 1

Veuve Clicquot

6
Lanson  Ivory Label Non-Vintage Demi-Sec Gift Box 1

Lanson

7
Henri Cachet  Champagne Brut 1

Henri Cachet

8
Bollinger  Rosé Non-Vintage Champagne 1

Bollinger

9
Pol Roger  Pure Extra Brut NV Champagne 1

Pol Roger

10
Pommery Pop Non-Vintage Brut Champagne 1

Pommery

Name

Grand Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

Impérial Brut

Brut Premier Non-Vintage

Brut Reserve Non-Vintage Champagne

Vintage 2012 Gift Box

Ivory Label Non-Vintage Demi-Sec Gift Box

Champagne Brut

Rosé Non-Vintage Champagne

Pure Extra Brut NV Champagne

Pop Non-Vintage Brut Champagne

Features

Versatile, Delicious, and Amazing Value for Money

Tangy and Effervescent, Yet Sophisticated

An Award-Winning Bottle That Makes a Great Gift

Smooth Citrus Flavour for Under £30

A Vintage Bubbly With a Fruity Aroma

Sweet, Cheap, and Cheerful!

The Best Budget-Friendly Brut

Pretty in Pink and Full of Flavour

Super Dry and Slightly Spicy

A Light and Refreshing Brut Option

Price£33.75£38.49£35.99£28.00£51.00£34.95£13.50£40.00£49.99£25.00
Sweetness LevelBrutBrutBrutBrutBrutDemi-secBrutDemi-secExtra brutBrut
VintageNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Calories per Serving95838495---75-81
Alcohol Content12%12%12%12%12%12.5%12%12%12%12.5%
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How to Serve Champagne

How to Serve Champagne

To ensure you get the most out of your purchase, it's essential to serve champagne at the right temperature. 


Ice-cold is a big no-no, despite what many people may think, as it will numb your taste buds! Instead, take the bottle out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before serving, so it has a chance to warm up. 


Also, serve it in glasses that are room temperature (not pre-chilled), otherwise you'll lose some of the sparkle. Follow these serving tips and you'll be able to really savour all of the wonderful aromas that your glass of bubbly has to offer.

Looking for More Tasty Tipples?

Looking for More Tasty Tipples?

If we've got your taste buds tingling, why not check out some of our other booze-related articles? We cover all kinds of alcoholic beverages, so you'll be sure to find your new favourite tipple!

Summary

Whether you're looking for a vintage bottle for a special occasion or something simple and sweet to help you unwind after dinner, we hope you've enjoyed checking out our champagne recommendations. You just can't beat a good glass of bubbly!

Author: Nicola McClements

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