Aldi’s Champagne Veuve Monsigny by Philizot & Fils NV was given a silver medal in blind taste tests at the International Wine Challenge, dubbed the ‘The Wine Oscar’s. It beat bottles including Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 (£130) and Moët & Chandon Imperial NV (£32.99), both of which received bronze awards.
The budget bubbly was described as ‘classy and complex’ by the judges and offers an intense nose of baked apple, brioche and stone fruits, with gorgeous flavours of apples, red fruit and minerality on the palate.
This isn’t the first time an Aldi drink has caused a stir. Earlier this month Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin £9.65 (70cl), picked up silver at the International Spirits Challenge, beating established brands Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s.
Tony Baines, MD Buying, said: "At Aldi we believe that good quality and value are not mutually exclusive and these award wins support that belief, by showing you don’t need to pay superstar prices for super quality drinks.
“We’ll be raising a glass of our Champagne Veuve Monsigny by Philizot & Fils to toast our success today – and we hope our customers will enjoy doing the same the next time they are celebrating.”
In total Aldi drinks took away 29 medals and commendations, including Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G Valdobbiadene NV (75cl), which also took away silver, beating the more expensive Champagnes.