With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your festive tipple for the big day.

Nothing says Christmas like champagne. But don’t worry, you won’t have to break the bank to get the best quality fizz.

A £14 own-label champagne from Aldi is a huge hit in the UK, and is now second only to Moët & Chandon in sales.

Veuve Monsigny, which is only available at the discount supermarket, has now overtaken Lanson, according to figures from the data firm IRI.

But, while £13.99 doesn’t seem like a lot for a bottle of champers, the price has actually increased by £1 since this time last year, which reflects the increase in price across the entire champagne sector.

Veuve Monsigny is made for Aldi by French producer Philizot & Fils. The company, based in Champagne’s Marne valley and run by the married couple Stéphane and Virginie Philizot, has had to expand very to keep up with the explosion of demand.

So, just how good is it? The fizzy tipple is described as subtle, with complex aromas, fresh acidity and clean, fruity taste.

It has also won a fair few prizes over the years, including a bronze award at the International Wine Challenge, where judges described as having a ‘floral palate, fresh with little development but beautiful balance and restraint.’

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