We rate three lesser-known champagnes, for those keen to branch out from the usual suspects. But which one prevailed?
CHAMPAGNE GAUTHIER-CHRISTOPHE BRUT
Gauthier grapes were once reserved solely for royalty and imperial courts. Irresistibly moreish, with subtle hints of pear and white peach, it is easy to see why blue bloods weren’t keen on sharing. €24
CHAMPAGNE FRANÇOIS LAVERGNE
Inspired by Lavergne’s enduring love affair with Japan, this rich sparkler with intense apple and floral aromas is truly unique. The perfect companion to cheese! Approx. €38
DIDIER CHOPIN CHAMPAGNE BRUT
Fresh, crisp and deliciously fruity with toasty complexity, this fine vintage is an all-rounder. A snip at less than €20, it’s just the ticket for sparkling cocktails. €16.50