The year 2012 could be summed up in one word – austerity. And now that Christmas has finished and we all nervously await the dreadful credit card statements dropping through our letterboxes, austerity is definitely on peoples mind as we approach the New Year. But just because the chancellor has warned us to tighten our belts for the next couple of years, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate or have a great party! And who likes posh and expensive champagne anyway? I have always found it way too bubbly and dry for my palate! So with looking after the pennies in mind, here our our top budget bubbly bargains, guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of your party guests, and not break the bank at the same time.
Sainsburys – Freixenet Vintage Especial Brut 75cl was £13.99 now £6.99
The grapes for this special vintage are carefully selected from our choice vineyards in the mountain villages south and west of Barcelona. Here the high altitude and cool climate provide the perfect growing conditions which enable us to achieve a balance of fresh fruity aromas, and crisp, elegant acidity. The local Parellada grape stands out, contributing wonderful Mediterranean flavours of melon, apricot and peach. Long and careful bottle maturation gives a fine, persistent sparkle, which lingers pleasingly in the glass and on the palate.
Asda – Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut N/V 75cl was £23.98 now £10.00
This champagne is an elegant blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Pale gold in colour with fresh and delicate aromas of lemon and apple. Its perfect balance and crispness of flavour make it ideal as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to shellfish or smoked salmon.
Tescos – Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne 750ml was £25.99 now £14.99
A pale golden colour with a fine stream of bubbles. On the nose, subtle white fruit aromas such as apples and pears. On the palate, dry, crisp and well balanced. Fruit and citrus aromas and a long length. This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 3 years.
Morrisons – Best Champagne Rose NV 750ml – £19.99
Can’t deny it there’s something a bit special about pink Champagne – and there’s something very special about this Morrisons Best Rose Champagne NV. Our deliciously romantic rose bubbly is full of floral scents and strawberry flavour. Crack it open on a special occasion, served chilled on its own or with a bowl of strawberries and cream.
Majestic Wines – Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne was £25.00 now £15.00
Offering excellent value, this Champagne offers its pleasures in a clean, easily accessible style. Pure fruit flavours dominate both the nose and palate, with just a hint of yeastiness and a fine mousse.
Sainsburys – Piper Heidsieck Champagne Magnum Brut NV 75cl was £30.99 now £15.99
Piper Heidsieck Champagne Magnum Brut NV 75cl is the distinctive and very classy red label introduced in 1997 and a blend of 55% Pinot Noir grapes, 15% Chardonnay 30% Pinot Meunier. A well balanced champagne fresh and lively, with light aromas of citrus fruits, toasty nose, stylish, full-bodied character, while having the hallmark freshness that is a feature of all Piper-Heidsieck wines.