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Own-label Champagne best in show

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Brut has beaten the likes of Laurent-Perrier to be voted the best Champagne for under £38 by Which?

In a tasting panel including Tim Atkin MW, Peter McCombie MW and Charles Metcalfe, the £22.50 sparkler was praised for its “tantilising biscuit and brioche-like aroma” and “savoury and rich tones”.

The Sainsbury’s Champagne came joint first with Piper-Heidsieck Brut, priced at £33, which impressed the judges with its “fresh, creamy, honey flavours”.

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£19.99) took third place, while Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label failed to make the top 10.

Meanwhile, a £10 Prosecco from The Co-operative took the top spot in the Which? sparkling wine review, with judges highlighting the fizz’s “good acidity and fruitiness”.

Joint second in the tasting were Tesco Finest Blanquette de Limoux 1531 (£10.49) and Waitrose Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene (£13.49), with the former described as “Champagne-like” in style.

The wines were all blind tasted and individually scored with Which? asking a range of supermarkets to nominate one own-brand or exclusive non-vintage brut Champagne and one own-label or exclusive brut sparkling wine.

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