With summer here and more chances to socialise, time to start thinking about occasions when you can indulge and enjoy some Champagne – so time to take advantage of great offers from the retailers.
With many of us having stayed home for a while, UK drinkers were turning to higher-end home drinking – with Champagne sales growing 13% over the festive period and in 2020 the average bottle of Champagne going over the £25 price mark, according to data from Nielson.
Champagne fans can also enjoy a new documentary film – featuring British actor Stephen Fry alongside an all-star cast of producers and experts – which promises a light-hearted journey through all things Champagne.
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Pol Roger, Brut Reserve NV
Made from the three classic Champagne grapes, from Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne house.
Was £39.99 Now £34.99 on Amazon UK
Over on Wine.com, there’s Laurent-Perrier Cuvée rosé down to $79.99, Bollinger Special Cuvee down to $59.99 and Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose down to $59.99.
Vintage vs Non-vintage Champagne
Non-vintage Champagne accounts for around 79% of the total Champagne production, according to The Comité Champagne.
Every year producers hold back some reserve wine and blend these to make the non-vintage, creating a consistent and reliable reflection of the house style, though these wines won’t be quite as complex or ageworthy as the vintage ones.
Vintage Champagne is produced in the best years – so not every year – showing more of a unique reflection of the year it was made. The higher quality means it can continue to age in the bottle and further develop. The 2020 vintage is a rare third consecutive year for Champagne vintages – though the ones to look for drinking now are around 2008 – 2012.
Non-vintage Champagne must be aged for a minimum of 15 months (12 on the lees) while vintage must be aged for a minimum of 36 months.
We’ve also got the latest deals and prices for some of the most popular Champagne houses – for vintage and non-vintage options – and retailers below.
Don’t forget to look for further savings on multiple bottles too…
Non-vintage Champagne deals
Bollinger Special Cuvée NV
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne is recognised as one of the top non vintages out there.
Bollinger Rosé NV
Don’t forget about rosé Champagne in the festive season. This has red fruits and fresh acidity.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
A Champagne house known for elegant wines, this non vintage is no exception.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
A fresh and fruity Champagne made from 40% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier and 35% Pinot Noir.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve
A balanced and elegant expression of the three classic Champagne grapes.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial
This nicely balanced Champagne is a blend of the three classic Champagne grapes.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
A restrained and elegant, Chardonnay-dominated blend.
Lanson Black Label NV
A classic, Pinot-driven Champagne that will see you through your celebrations.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
Champagne’s ‘second most prolific house’, Veuve Clicquot sells an estimates 19 million bottles per year of the yellow label non-vintage.
Ruinart R de Ruinart Brut
From one of Champagne’s oldest houses, this non vintage is a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier
An excellent non-vintage Champagne, which uses all three Champagne grapes, mostly from Roederer’s own estates.
50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, a lively non-vintage Champagne.
Krug Grande Cuvée
A blend across many different vintages and wines, Krug is a ‘super multi-vintage of its own kind’.
Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV
An 100% Pinot Noir rosé Champagne, with the colour extracted from skin contact, rather than blending with red wine, like many other Champagnes.
Vintage Champagne deals
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012
A great choice for a vintage Champagne this festive season, with an elegant, fruity finish.
Laurent-Perrier Millésimé 2008
50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, a refined and elegant Champagne.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012
A highly anticipated vintage, this Pinot Noir dominant blend is made from all three Champagne grapes.
Pol Roger Vintage 2012
A blend of 60/40 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in a very good year for Pinot in particular.