Looking for the best Champagne can be a fun, relatively easy process. First, know that Champagne is defined by sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. Though winemakers in California make a Champagne-style sparkling wine, this style of wine made outside of Champagne is merely sparkling wine.

Not just for special occasions, Champagnes are available in an array of styles and price points for nightly imbibing. On the more affordable side, look for non-vintage-dated “brut” bottlings, which are typically the entry-level “house style” Champagnes of most producers. But don’t miss out on opportunities to drink vintage-dated bottles from some of the best years in recent decades: 2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2002. Additionally, look for “Premier Cru” or “Grand Cru” on a label, which indicates the Champagne is from vineyards of top quality. With that said, here are the best Champagnes to drink now.

Top 10 Best champagnes in UK 2021

Whether you’re looking for the best Champagne to serve at brunch, the right cuvée for gifting, or a perfect sip to celebrate a special occasion, we’ve taken the guess work out of choosing. Below, find a few of our very favorite bottles that are sure to please every palate.

1. Moet & Chandon Imperial

The bright acidity and red fruit zip of this bottle is offset by flavors of toasted nuts and baked bread thanks to the brand’s mix of pinot noir and pinot meunier varietals in nearly equal portions. Pair it with a classic roast chicken to take your dinner party to a whole new level, or serve with dollops of fresh whipped cream and sliced stone fruit for an effortlessly decadent final course.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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2. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2012 Brut Champagne

In contrast to “NV” (non-vintage) bottles, a vintage-dated Champagne is produced from a single year’s harvest because of its exceptional quality. One of the more elegant Champagnes of the 2012 vintage. Translucent gold in color with radiant emerald hues, this Belle Epoque Brut Champagne offers notes of fresh white flowers, stone and orchard fruit, as well as lemon zest with a creamy mouthfeel and mineral finish.

The bottle is a beauty, with gold-etched, white Japanese anemone flowers that echo the highly-stylized, ornamental Art Nouveau fashion of the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2012 Brut Champagne
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2012 Brut Champagne

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3. Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage

No shrinking violet, this! The label’s shocking pink colour screams party, and the same could be said of the exuberant colour in the glass. This wine is unusual for being made by mixing red wine into the Brut NV blend in a ratio of around three parts white to one of red (most Champagne rosés use under a fifth red wine). The result is a hit of juicy black fruit – think cherries and blackberries – plus a dash of blood orange. Try it with fish and chips for a surprising, but winning combination.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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4. Taittinger prélude NV

A great name in the champagne hierarchy, Taittinger has been producing the fizzy stuff since the 1730s and is still family run with Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger at the helm along with his son, Clovis and daughter, Vitalie. Tattinger’s prélude is a golden yellow blend of equal amounts of chardonnay and pinot noir, all from Grand Cru sites. It has an irresistible tang of citrus on the nose, along with stone fruits and touch of cinnamon plus that welcome toasted flavour. The finish is long and slightly mineral based. Enjoy it as a superb aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled white meat dishes.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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5. Taittinger Brut Reserve Non Vintage Champagne

This brut réserve by Taittinger incorporates 40% Chardonnay grapes – a high level which is rarely found in a bottle of non-vintage champagne. As a result, it has a delicate citrus flavour that works well with savoury dishes like smoked salmon and roast chicken.

Smooth-tasting with just the right amount of fizz, this is a good choice if you’re new to the world of champagne. Plus, at less than £30, it’s incredibly affordable so you’ll probably want to stock up on a few bottles!

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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6. Veuve Clicquot Rosé

A vintage rose champagne from Veuve Clicquot, this is vibrant with rich fruit and great structure.

Keeping true to the original yellow label, the brand uses a very similar blend here, backed up with bittersweet red berries from the dominant pinot noir grape. A thick tuna steak will balance out the pronounced crisp acidity, and score you top marks with dinner guests.

For summer we reckon it goes one better, with layers of bittersweet red cherry and raspberry. The pronounced acidity cuts through the oiliness in raw meat, so pair with carpaccio for an unexpectedly excellent combo.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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7. Gosset Grand Rose Brut Champagne

Gosset Grand Rosé is a fruit-forward and Chardonnay-dominant Champagne that’s fresh and full of red-fruit flavours.

A fruit-forward style of rosé that leads towards a ripe strawberry character still supported by the soft stone fruits notes that run through the rest of the brut wines. The fact that the wine has not gone through malolatic fermentation means there is a natural freshness in the wine which stops it becoming overly jammy on the palate. This wine works well with veal or chicken in a richer sauce, and it can also pair well with fresh fruit salads.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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8. Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Non Vintage

This is the bottle to give for if you want to treat someone special. Laurent Perrier has been producing its satisfyingly squat 17th century-style bottles of 100 per cent Pinot Noir for 50 years.

The light salmon pink colour of the rosé is achieved by controlled maceration – skin contact with the grapes – which also brings the champagne its crisp festive nose of fresh red berries (strawberries, cherries, raspberries and redcurrants), followed up by the rich and rounded finish you’d expect of a champagne of this quality. Don’t invite the crowds when you pop this one!

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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9. DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2010

2010 was an incredibly challenging year in the vineyards and triggered a real race against the clock to produce a wine however the challenge was met and Dom Perignon declared a vintage that they have referred to as the ‘fruit of intuition and mastery’

DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2010 has the luminous sweetness of tropical fruit – green mango, melon, pineapple – instantly shines. It then cedes to more temperate notes, the tingle of orange zest, the mist of a mandarin orange.

The wine breathes, revealing its freshness. The bloom after the rain. A tactile sensation of peony, jasmine and lilac. In the mouth, the wine immediately imposes its ample presence, full and massive. A sappy sensation dominates as the tactile is rapidly overtaken by the aromatic.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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10. Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Champagne

Founded in 1849, Brut Réserve is blended from 30 still wines and spends a minimum of three years in the deep cellars beneath Épernay. Favoured by Winston Churchill, it is a full, rich yet fresh champagne, very much to our taste. Pol Roger white foil is a beautifully balanced champagne with a real depth of flavour.

Total production at Pol Roger is in the region of 1.5 million bottles per annum, making them one of the smaller of the Grandes Marques. The cellars extend some 7 kilometres beneath the streets of Epernay and are carved out of the local chalk over three levels. They are amongst the coolest and deepest in the region, a factor which contributes to the famously fine bubbles in Pol Roger’s champagnes.

This is the perfect aperitif Champagne: clean, floral, elegant and with a delicious biscuity flavour. Party Champagne par excellence but an indulgent treat with fish and chips too.

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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How to Choose a Champagne in the UK

The Best Champagne in UK 2021
The Best Champagne in UK 2021

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

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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

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

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!

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