Co-op's £16.99 award-winning champagne that fizz experts say tastes as good as Dom Perignon and Cristal

FIZZ experts have awarded a bottle of Co-op Champagne the same accolade as posh bottles costing 23 times as much.

The retailer’s own brand non-vintage Brut, which is sold for £16.99 a bottle, won a gold award in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Co-op’s Les Pionniers 2008 vintage Brut – which costs £24.99 a bottle – also won the same accolade.

The bottles were the only supermarket fizz to receive top marks, along with well-known brands including those made by Cristal and Dom Pérignon.

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Rosé 2004, which costs £396 a bottle, and a Dom Pérignon 1998 P2 Magnum, which costs £310 a bottle, also won gold awards.

Wines from over 29 countries were entered into the competition and judged by fizz experts.

Ben Cahill, Champagne buyer at Co-op, said: “It’s fantastic to see Co-op’s own brand Champagne rubbing shoulders with some of the most esteemed brands in the industry.

“We travel the globe to source top-quality wine at the very best prices and this win just goes to show that buying award-winning wine doesn’t have to break the bank.”

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It comes after Lidl’s £7.99 bottle of sparkling wine was ranked alongside Champagnes that cost over six times the price in the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) awards last month.

While Aldi’s £10 win was awarded the top prize by Decanter – one of the world’s most respected drink competitions.

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