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Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Brut

Bubbly’s take

Chic and smooth, this elegant Champagne hails from Reims. It pours from the bottle with a golden, effervescent buzz. This Brut possesses a characteristically-dry and fragrant flavour. It is not overpowering but reminiscent of everything that you would expect from a Champagne. Produced by the forward-thinking and refreshing Jacquart Champagne house, we feel this reasonably-priced wine should please most avid fans of fizz.

Would go well with

Most things. While this Brut is quite distinctive, we don’t think one should be deterred from enjoying this with food, afterall we had this Champagne with a rather delicious Mexican meze!

Where to buy…

Tesco

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Lanson Black Label Brut

Bubbly’s take

The Lanson house has been in business since 1760, making it one of the more well-established Champagne wineries. Yet this Reims-based vineyard has become one of the most visible producers, being a long-standing partner of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Unfortunately, we’re aware Lanson’s Black Label is sometimes seen as a “gift-giver” Champagne – ornate boxes of this mysterious wine are given and even “re-given” as reliable gifts. But we feel Lanson deserves special distinction – the Black Label Brut is something to be enjoyed and not merely gifted. The next time you buy it, make sure it’s bought to be drunk (preferably for yourself!) and not left to gather dust.

Would go well with

Canapés and nibbles. We’ve generally enjoyed this crisp Champagne at parties, gatherings and events, with light food. Equally, we feel this wine is also a solitary creature, more than capable of being enjoyed on its own (perhaps as a prelude to dinner). It’s also one of the few Champagnes that we’ve found is sufficiently robust to be paired with a (mild-medium) curry!

Where to buy

The Drink Shop

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Louis Delaunay Champagne Brut

Bubbly’s take: From bottle to glass, this is slightly enigmatic Champagne presents itself with an almost auburn colour. It possesses pleasing and fulfilling notes that won’t disappoint. In our view, this Champagne house have developed an excellent Brut that combines a pleasant flavour with superb value. We believe every Champagne lover should keep a bottle of this dependable sparkling on the wine rack.

Would go well with: A Friday night. We’re serious! One Friday, when we were working from home, we opened this up a bottle of this just past 6pm. And what better way to see off the working week! While delicious on its own, we also enjoyed this with home-made pizza – this Champagne provides a great way to smarten-up a laid-back night-in.

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Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut

Bubbly’s take: We think this award-winning Champagne offers a robust yet lilting flavour. It is characterful, fun and represents exceptional value. While Champagne is often characterised as an occasional treat or something to punctuate a special occasion, we feel this variety is an “evergreen” suited to both Champagne-lovers, who regularly enjoy Friday bubbles and those looking for a special tipple that won’t break the bank.

Would go well with: Definitely one for canapés. While a Champagne, we feel this wine is strong enough to pair with more potent nibbles ( – think garlic-, onion- or cheese-based snackettes). Equally, this lovely Brut would be fine just by itself.

Where to buy: Aldi UK (c.£12.49/bottle)

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Esterlin Champagne Brut Éclat

Bubbly’s take: In our opinion, the Brut Éclat, is a fairly formidable Champagne. It pours from the bottle with a pure alabaster froth; after settling, the wine takes an intriguing pale and golden shade. The particular Brut we enjoyed hailed from 2015 though we understand the Esterlin winery use a blend of three grapes of varying maturities to produce this refined and complex Champagne. This Épernay-based house draws on a rich and distinguished wine-making tradition to offer a unique and sophisticated selection of sparklings. We’re looking forward to trying more from the Esterlin collection in the near future.

Would go well with: Seafood. We opened this while preparing dinner one Saturday night. It paired well with fresh home-barbequed lobster (… which, in turn, paired well with a delicious macaroni cheese and mediterranean salad!):

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Champagne Delamotte Brut

Bubbly’s take: This one brings back fond memories of a lovely meal at Balthazar in Covent Garden, London. It is a robust and rich Champagne that almost deserves to be an entrée in itself.

Would go well with: Hearty vegetarian dishes or perhaps a warm or cheesy starter (perhaps French onion soup, if you happen to be in a nice French restaurant).

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Champagne Comte de Senneval

Bubbly’s take: The Champagne Comte de Senneval balances excellent value with a flavoursome taste (much like the Veuve Monsigny below). This one could be a real party piece, if the guest list is long and you need a lot of Champagne to last you through the night.

Would go well with: Lots of things! This wine offers great value and versatility so we think it is a reasonable choice for a dinner party or to accompany evening nibbles.

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Nicolas Feuillatte Sélection Brut

Bubbly’s take: We reckon this agreeable Champagne will become a regular in our wine repetoire. Straight from an ornate bottle, there is a regal glow to this fizz. It has a playful yet soothing taste that does not overwhelm the palate. Most enjoyable to sample, we believe this accomplished wine is particularly suited to those who are less familiar with the Champagne method of viticulture. It is pleasing yet unpretentious, simple but elegant. Well worth sharing with family and close friends. We can’t wait to try some of the other Champagnes from this fine appellation!

Would go well with: Ok… this is where we embarrass ourselves. We sampled this lovely wine while we had fish ‘n’ chips. No… not classy fish ‘n’ chips but the “fish supper” kind that you get from a takeway. We would definitely recommend a more refined and wholesome fish dish to pair with this fabulous fizz. But on a Saturday night, with breaded fish and fried chips, this Champagne was still an excellent counterbalance.

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Pol Roger Réserve Brut

Bubbly’s take

Now here’s another Champagne worth making a fuss about! Coming from the Épernay commune, this sublime wine has long been a favourite of the British Royal Family and even bears a Royal Warrant. We remember first trying this Brut at the wine bar in the Royal Exchange in London (before Fortnum & Mason took over it).

Would go well with…

We would be inclined to say a traditional English afternoon tea. But we’d certainly see Pol Roger being used to commemorate good news and special occasions – consider this one a “wedding wine”.

Where to buy

The Drink Shop

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Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Yellow Label

Bubbly’s take

In our very humble opinion, Veuve Clicquot is one of the ultimate Champagne houses. We believe the Yellow Label represents an exceptional cru (perhaps surpassed only by Veuve Clicquot’s vintage blends). Given this is such a celebrated and quintessential Champagne, little wonder it has its very own annual garden festival. While Veuve Clicquot is sometimes characterised as a more intimate Champagne, many times we have had the pleasure of enjoying the Yellow Label with friends and families. We have an especially fond memory of enjoying this special Champagne at a well-regarded Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh.

Would go well with

Good news, anything to celebrate or something to enjoy. As anticipated, the Yellow Label has a delicately-refined flavour, produced from a blend of crus, which should not be stifled nor overwhelmed by competing flavours. That said, we believe this Champagne may be still appropriately paired with lighter and more wholesome dishes (perhaps a souflé, prawn cocktail or salmon-based starter).

Where to buy

The Drink Shop