, UK United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 04, 2008 -- A Waitrose own label champagne priced at just Â£19.49 has beaten illustrious champagne houses including Bollinger, Pol Roger and Veuve Cliquot in Decanterâs Guide to Festive Fizz.
Proving that supermarket brands can compete against, and beat, premium branded champagnes, Waitrose Blanc de Blancs NV was one of only two champagnes [http://www.waitrose.com/drink/index.aspx] to be awarded five gold stars.
The other, Piper Heidieck Cuvee Rare, retails at almost three times the price of Blanc de Blancs. Over 146 varieties of bubbly were sampled by a panel of experts in search of the perfect Christmas Champagne in the December issue of leading drinks magazine, Decanter. Waitrose Blanc de Blancs won Gold and a Regional Trophy for the Best of all Golds, beating major brands such as Bollinger, Lanson, Mumm, Laurent-Perrier, Tattinger and Veuve Cliquot at this yearâs Decanter World Wine Awards.
Guy Woodward, Editor of Decanter, said, âChampagne is all about sourcing and blending the best raw materials, so for a UK supermarket to beat Champenois at their own game is a tremendous tribute to the Waitrose buying teamâ.
Waitrose have also reported that English wine has seen a rapid increase in popularity this year with sales rising 120% year on year. In fact, the thirst for home grown grapes has been so great, that during November, English wine outsold claret, one of France's most famous wines, on Waitrose.com. English wine specialist Justin Howard-Sneyd, Waitrose Master of Wine, explained.
âEnglish wines used to be regarded as the Cinderellas of the wine world â but now they are taking centre stage, and deservedly so." He continued, "It certainly looks as though many of our customers will be toasting Christmas with a glass of English Fizz."
The supermarket have special offers on Waitrose Champagne and are also offering a number of wine deals over the festive period, so are expecting many customers to be picking up a bottle of their prize winning Blanc de Blancs bubbly and some English wine as part of their Christmas shopping.