As low as: £23.50Of all the lesser-known, under-heralded Champagnes this is the one that stands out by a mile for value for money - receiving a steady stream of compliments. Such unanimous approval has got to mean something, and that something is a standard of winemaking that would not disgrace one of the big names in Champagne.
As low as: £50.00Laurent Perrier's Ultra Brut is a "zero dosage" champagne, meaning that no sugar is added at the end of the fermentation process. It might surprise you to learn that this is unusual, but it is. Does it mean that Ultra Brut's a zero calorie, guilt free way of consuming the world's favourite celebratory tipple. Hmm, probably not. On the other hand does it mean that it's a super dry, super crisp, superstylish, just plain super glass of fizz? It certainly does. Ultra, indeed.
As low as: £83.20A casual glance down the list of the prominent names of Champagne will before long reveal Laurent Perrier as one of the leading lights. Again and again. With its impeccable credentials Laurent Perrier is an instantly recognisable byword for quality and its NV (non-vintage; or you could say "normal version") is delicate yet complex, fresh yet well-balanced, rich and well-defined.
As low as: £95.00
***Gold at the International Wine Challenge 2015***
Top-flight Champagne doesn't get any better than this. This is Laurent-Perrier's showpiece Champagne and one of the region's finest cuvees. Its conception pays homage to the great Louis XIV, no less, (do the other Louis' ever get mentioned for anything?) and is a blend of more than one recent outstanding vintage from only Grand Cru vineyards. This shows depth and maturity; long and fine, it has rich complexity. Long and fresh on the finish too.
As low as: £135.00Let's be honest, when we invest in a bottle of luxury champagne we're saying 'this is a special moment (or maybe just 'we are special people…'), and we need something special to mark it'. But what to choose to avoid the clichéd and eschew the bling? How about Krug Grande Cuvee, with its blend of up to 120 vintage wines making it not only utterly fabulous, but taking it 'beyond the concept of vintage'? Special enough for you? Special enough for us, for any (grand) occasion.