We rate three lesser-known champagnes, for those keen to branch out from the usual suspects. But which one prevailed?

OUR VERDICT

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 GAUTHIER-CHRISTOPHE BRUT

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

CHAMPAGNE FRANÇOIS LAVERGNE

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

DIDIER CHOPIN CHAMPAGNE BRUT
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