Though it might not particularly feel like there's cause for major celebration at the moment, a glass of champagne will always go down a treat — particularly in the run up to the festive season.
And, we all definitely deserve to treat ourselves this year... The only problem? It doesn't come cheap. Or does it?
The Good Housekeeping Institute has carried out its highly-respected test taste (the 21st of its kind) and we're particularly interested by the results in the champagne category.
11 supermarket own-label drinks were tested and Waitrose's Blanc de Noirs Brut NV Champagne (£23.99 for 75cl) was crowned the winner and scored an impressive 84/100 for its smooth bubbles and beautifully balanced, rich and fruity flavour.
But it's the runner-up that really piqued our interest: Aldi's Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut scored 81/100 and is almost half the price of Waitrose's champagne at £12.99 for 75cl.
That works out at just £2.10 per glass!
What's more, Aldi's affordable bubbles were recently praised by TV personality and independent wine critic, Jilly Goolden, who said it was undervalued and actually worth £25.
Jilly used her expert palate to put an independent valuation on an array of wines, and the taste test revealed you can make an average saving of 34 per cent by shopping for your Christmas wine at Aldi.
You can pick it up at Aldi too, because the supermarket were the runner-up in this category, too.
The Aldi Organic Prosecco (£7.99 for 75cl) scored 87/100 and was rated for its silky-smooth texture and notes of ripe pear, tangy green apple and a floral finish.
Ocado's Abbazia Fiorino Prosecco d.o.c. was crowned the winner with a score of 90/100. The panel were blown away by the £9.99 sparkly wine and said it was easy to drink, with fine, lively bubbles and a smooth finish.
Cheers to that!
You can view the full list of GHI test taste winners — across categories like mince pies, turkey and Christmas cake — here.
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