AN ALDI Champagne which retails for just $20 has been crowned one of the best in the world after the discount supermarket chain took out a number of awards at an international wine competition.
The bargain bubbly won a Silver Outstanding medal at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge — one of 20 awards presented to Aldi at the prestigious competition.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut No. III was described by Decanter magazine as having “baked apple, brioche and peach flavours, with decent acidity and creamy weight thanks to extended ageing before release”.
Made by Philizot et Fils in the Marne Valley, in France, the wine has been awarded three international medals this year, according to Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi in the UK.
“We are immensely proud to see our Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut pick up its third international medal this year. We work with some of the world’s best winemakers, including the highly acclaimed Philizot et Fils, and these close partnerships are integral to bringing great quality, affordable bottles to our wine aisles,” she said.
The supermarket’s Crémant Du Jura 2015 also received a silver medal at the competition, while its Darley’s Gin won gold at the 2018 SIP Awards International Spirits Competition a few days ago. The gin sells for $28.99 for 700ml.
The SIP awards, which are in their 10th year, are judged purely by consumers and are based on blind taste tests.
Aldi’s Highland Black Scotch whisky is also proving to be a big winner, taking out platinum at the SIP awards, as well as the gold medal at the Spirits Business Scotch whisky Masters earlier this month.
Aldi has made a splash with its growing liquor range, offering a wide variety of wines as well as spirits, beer and cider.
“In the year ahead, ALDI will continue to offer exceptional value, not only in the types of wine we will offer but in the styles and formats, for example with magnums and wine sets,” ALDI’s Wine and Champagne Buying Director to Jason Bowyer told News Corp Australia in February.
News Corp Australia has reached out to Aldi Australia for comment and to confirm if the winning champagne is available for purchase here.