Champagne has always been associated with decadence. Produced in the Champagne region of France, the method of creating the all-important bubbles harks back to the 15th century, and has had more and more rules associated with it as the popularity of the drink increased.
To make champagne, the wine must be made from three grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and the fermentation with yeast that turns grape juice into wine takes place in the bottle, creating the bubbles, and the biscuit-y taste champagne is often associated with. To remove the sediment the yeast leaves behind, the bottles are stored upside down for the sediment to move into the neck while the wine ages. They are turned to keep moving it down the bottle in a process called 'riddling' before it is removed and the champagne continues to age.
The complicated rules and extra work that go into making champagne explain how famous champagne houses have come to signal exclusivity and prestige.
Not all champagnes are achingly expensive, however. In honour of National Champagne Week we have searched for the best of the friendlier priced bubbly.
All go through the same winemaking process, but without the notability of the larger brands, many champagnes tcan be found for under £25. Scroll through our gallery below to see ten of the best affordable champagnes