In these hard times, we are all looking for a bargain for the festive season, and as ever I am on the look out for the lowest priced champagne that cuts the mustard. Prompted by an email from Tesco offering Lanson Black Label Champagne at £91.14 a case (for the benefit of innumerate inebriates that's £15.19 a bottle) I thought I would shop around to see if I could shave a few pence off that.
The best I have come up with so far is Champagne Madame de Maintenon from the Co-op. Overlooking the fact that the wine is named after the mistress and second wife of Louis XIV, the wine maintains its left of centre credentials by being made by N.V. Coopérative Régionale des Vins de Champagne.
Although not yet at the price levels of last year's £12 bottle from the same shop (that made such an impression that I have forgotten its name) Champagne Madame de Maintenon currently leads by a short head at £14.99 a bottle.
I will post more on this as Christmas approaches.