I guess if you don’t like fizz, you don’t like fizz. But in terms of value, I find the trick is to buy well in advance at the best price, and as others have said, cellar it for a couple of years. to my palate it makes a real difference to the complexity of flavour. As for the best price, if it’s a Grande Marque, supermarkets will sometimes combine general deals with product specific discounts.
For example, I quite like Bollinger and Nyetimber NV.
But I don’t like them (or think they are vfm) at £45 and £36 RRP respectively.
However, I’m currently picking up single bottles of Nyetimber for £18, and the Bolly at £25.50, by taking advantage of 25% off at Waitrose, combined with £8 off when you spend £40. In other words, you can get a bottle plus a small basket of groceries for £40, and the whole lot comes down to £32. Bargain.
Similarly, Tesco have had Taittinger and Veuve at something like £22 in the run up to Christmas for the last 3 or 4 years, by discounting them individually and then including them in a further 25% off a mixed six. Buy then, drink two years later. And with some bottle age, at the reduced prices, I do think the quality is similar to what you would get if you paid that for a still wine.
And TWS? Watch out for the extra deals that come up twice a year or so on the Society’s NV. I’ve picked up 6 for something like £17-20/bottle several times in recent years, which is pretty good if you consider the current single bottle price of £33. Or when they do it from time to time (and not at the moment), a bin-ended Christmas mixed six pack of Grandes Marques, although how much of a deal that is depends a bit which producers they’ve included in any given year.