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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

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Lanson Rose Label Brut Rosé

Bubbly’s take: Both in its box and glass, this Rosé Champagne looks great. On the palate, this Brut conjures a subtle berry bouquet with all the punch of a fine Champagne. While the Rosé style is occasionally shunned in favour of traditional Champagne, we feel Lanson have blended an excellent wine that reconciles a broad variety of distinctive crus. It makes for a sophisticated and delightful drink, bound to impress more discerning guests and lovers of quality Champagne.

Would go well with: We think this is a great wine to have with afternoon tea, whether you’re going somewhere special for it or doing your own. Its fruity undercurrent means this Champagne is also a fitting choice for cakes, tarts and bakes, or even just strawberries and cream. It’s a lovely, sunny Brut that will brighten your day come rain or shine.

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Champagne Nicolas de Montbar

Bubbly’s take: We were quite taken by this crisp Champagne. It has a dry, sparkling and “no nonsense” flavour, being exactly what one would expect from a Champagne. This is a reliable and straightforward wine that should please Champagne lovers and occasional drinkers alike. In common with the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, this wine also offers exceptional value.

Would go well with: A party? With a pleasing price and a wholesome taste, we feel this Brut would be a good staple for a larger gathering of friends or family, where a reliable and affordable supply of Champagne is needed.

Where to buy: Aldi