The best champagne, cava and crémant you can buy for under £40 this Easter

Celebrate Easter 2022 in style with a bottle of the best champagne; because having the family together again is reason enough to celebrate

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Our team of food and wine writers have sipped, swilled and assessed the best champagne, cava, crémant, English Sparkling Brut and sparkling rosé on the supermarket shelves at the moment to bring you a definitive list of the very best champagne and sparkling wine you can buy for under £40 this Easter.

The food and drink experts on our judging panel this year includes wine writer Melanie Leyshon, and the team put all of the sparkling wines available in the shops at the moment through rigorous testing. 

Melanie Leyshon
Melanie Leyshon

Melanie has been studying wine at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London and has passed her WSET Level 3 Theory with distinction. As part of her wine studies, she loves to travel and explore wine regions around the world and meet producers who are creating more sustainable products and experimenting with lesser-known indigenous grapes.  

For fairness, each product was assessed on flavour, aroma and appearance without the judges knowing the brand or origin of the wine. Judges then gave each bottle a score from one to five for every category, and then calculated the average to determine this year’s winners.

As well as an overall winner in each category, we've also shared our two 'highly commended' picks, many of which are currently on offer. See our guide to the best prosecco and champagne deals to discover where to get the most money off at the moment.

The best champagne to buy for Easter 2022

Aldi best champagne 2022

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Monsigny Champagne 2015 Vintage

Best champagne overall

Specifications

ABV: 12.5%
Stockist: Aldi
Price: £21.99
Tasting notes: Red apple flavour, biscuity richness
Country of origin: France

The best Champagne doesn’t always mean the biggest price tag or brand, as this bottle of Vintage Champagne from Aldi proves. As with any wine, individual preferences will play an important role in deciding what the best Champagne is for you and your loved ones this Easter, but this bargain vintage champagne consistently out sparkles leading brands in our opinion.

Our team rated the champagne's ripe red apple flavour, biscuity richness, full body and long finish and with high scores across the judging panel, this bottle was a clear winner.

Highly commended:

Best crémant to buy in 2022

Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Vintage 2018

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Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Vintage 2018

Best crémant overall

Specifications

ABV: 12.5%
Stockist: Majestic
Price: £16.99 per bottle or £14.99 when you mix six
Tasting notes: Citrusy and rich
Country of origin: France

Crémant is sometimes overlooked, but actually this fizz can be just as good (and some might argue better) as champagne, it just doesn't have its origins in the Champagne region of France, so can't claim the name.

This champagne-style fizz from the Loire is made mainly from chenin blanc and a little chardonnay. Together they create magic: our judging panel were impressed by the citrusy and rich taste and found the fizz to have a good body and finish. Plus, Majestic is a reliable retailer for wine and this crémant is a great price from such an established seller. 

Highly commended:

Best Cava

Cava Brut Reserva NV Savia Viva

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Cava Brut Reserva NV Savia Viva

Best Cava overall

Specifications

ABV: 11.5%
Stockist: Davy’s Wine Merchants
Price: £17.95
Tasting notes: Citrus and peach flavours
Country of origin: Catalonia

This delicious cava has been made using the traditional champagne method and the use of Cava grapes macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada creates something quite special. 

The judges enjoyed the richness, plus the citrus and peach flavours of this spring fizz, and suggest that this cava would make the perfect pairing for a prawn cocktail or seafood salads.

Highly commended:

Best English Sparkling Brut

Gusbourne Exclusive Release

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