Co-op own label champagne named best in the market by Which?

November 18, 2015

 

The Co-op own-label £16.99 Champagne has been named best non-vintage bubbly in the market by Which?

The retailer’s exclusive Les Pionniers Non-Vintage Champagne was crowned the winner by Which? beating big brands including Lanson and Veuve Clicquot as well as rival supermarkets. The Champagne was also voted as “Great Value” and a “Best Buy”.

Which? said:

“This impressed our panel with its rich, complex flavour. They loved its biscuit and citrus flavours with a hint of nuttiness. Our experts said this elegant Champagne is refreshing and well-balanced.”

The panel of judges was made up of top wine critics, including Anthony Rose and Charles Metcalfe.

The win follows success for The Co-op’s exclusive Les Pionniers 2006 Champagne (£24.99), which was named the ‘Best Value Champagne’ in the world this summer and was judged a class winner alongside bubbles costing more than ten times as much at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015.

The vintage Champagne was awarded a “best in class” title alongside winners like the Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 Rose which costs £300 a bottle.

Ben Cahill, The Co-op’s Champagne buyer, said:

“To be named as the best in the market for both our Les Pionniers Non-Vintage and our 2006 Vintage Champagne is amazing news and is a tribute to the winemaking expertise behind these fantastic wines.

“We are incredibly proud to list these Champagnes which are named after the Co-op founders - the Rochdale Pioneers. The Non-Vintage Champagne is my celebration tipple of choice whilst the rich and complex 2006 vintage would make a great Christmas present.”

The Co-operative’s Les Pionniers Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne also picked up gold at the competition.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

The Co-operative Les Pionniers Vintage 2006 Champagne £24.99

Made by the legendary Regis Camus, this beautifully–crafted champagne offers outstanding value with a complex and layered palate of crisp apple and gentle citrus fruit intertwined with a delicious bready maturity this is a champagne of great depth and persistence. Toasty, biscuity notes lead to a lingering, slightly nutty finish.

 

The Co-operative Les Pionniers NV Champagne £16.99

Made from the three classic grapes of the region - Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Champagne is lightly fruity and enjoys pleasing toasty aromas on the nose. Named after The Co-operative’s founders, the Rochdale Pionneers, this elegant non-vintage Champagne is perfect for a posh, very grown up breakfast. Serve with perfectly scrambled eggs on beautifully toasted bloomer bread. Scrumptious!