Christmas 2015: Prosecco taste test
With the news that Italian prosecco is outselling French champagne – because it’s cheaper – this year we decided to focus on the cheaper fizz, which you can easily buy for less than a tenner. If it’s good enough for hundreds of thousands of you, it’s more than good enough for us.
So twelve members of the Moneywise team were asked to taste eight proseccos. While the supermarket name was hidden from view, the team was told the price. They were asked to rate each item on taste and value for money. The team scored each of them from one to five, with one being poor and five excellent. Average scores were then calculated to reveal the winners and runners-up.
The price of the prosecco we sampled ranged from £5.25 to £10, so it was interesting to see if the more expensive were worth almost double the cheapest.
But there was no runaway winner with little difference in the top three scores. Sharing top position were Tesco Finest Prosecco (£8) and Waitrose Prosecco (£7.49), both with a score of 3.6 out of five. One of the team described Tesco’s as “lovely and fizzy with a smooth flavour”, while another described it as “clean and fruity”. Waitrose’s prosecco “stood out from the crowd”, according to one tester, while another described it as “lively and apple-y”.
Coming a close second was Borgo Molino Prosecco from Morrisons, which cost £7 and achieved 3.4 out of five. It was described as “very drinkable” by one tester.
The big surprise was how well Lidl’s prosecco performed: it came fourth, priced at £5.25. One of our team described it as “good party fuel and great value for money”. Some testers were less enthusiastic, complaining that it had a chemical aftertaste.
Testers were disappointed with the two priciest proseccos at £10 each. M&S’s prosecco scored 2.9 and was described as “unremarkable” with “a chemical undertone”, while Sainsbury’s Conegliano Prosecco scored 2.8 and was judged as “expensive for a disappointing taste”.
Aldi’s Valdobbiadene Prosecco came last with a score of 2.6, being criticised as too sweet.