On Monday 22nd July 2013 at London Paddington’s St Marys hospital private Lindo Wing, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy baby boy who will one day become the 43rd monarch since William The Conqueror.
Following on from the 2011 Royal Wedding, the 2012 London Olympics, the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2013 Coronation Festival, the birth of the third in line to the throne has given Brits even more reason to pop champagne corks – but if you shop around you don’t need a prince’s ransom to celebrate in style…
CJ’s Guide to 5 Great Value Royal Baby Celebration Champagnes under GBP80:
Awarded a silver medal in the prestigious International Wine Competition 2013, Aldi’s easy drinking generous and fruity champagne made by Philizot has beaten the big brands in blind tastings (as reported by the Daily Mail in May 2013) and is the perfect party fizz.
Available at Aldi: GBP12.95
This gold medal winning beautifully balanced champagne made by Union champagne is a bargain find, full of ripe fruit, good structure and excellent palate length at a very reasonable price.
Available at Tesco: GBP19.95
A timeless elegant crisp chardonnay dominant classic champagne aperitif style always worth picking up on promotion.
Available at Majestic: GBP28
Much more full bodied and richer than standard champagnes, Bollinger has always been a firm favourite with the Royal Family and is the perfect partner to toast the new royal baby over breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Available at Majestic: GBP32
Stunning prestige rose champagne full of brilliant red fruits but with subtle tannin undertones which give this wine delicate balance, palate length and delicious savoury notes – great food wine and the first champagne house to be awarded a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1860.
Available at Harrods: GBP76