Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 2nd September 2019
w/c 2nd September 2019
After a short break for the Bank Holiday, our tasting panel have been back at work and have unearthed some great recommendations, including a rarity; a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that we think is Fair Value. It is also noteworthy that all four of our wines are from France.
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The Wotwine panel of independent experts tastes a wide range of supermarket wines every week to pick out the top buys for you. We won’t recommend a wine unless it is at least “Fair Value”, so worth within 10% either way of the retail price, but we try to find those that give you a bit of a bargain. Happy and great-value drinking… in moderation of course!
£5.00 & Under
Wines at under £5.00 per bottle are likely to be simple but we look for something solidly-made, free of any obvious faults with some characteristics of the grape variety.
Our first pick is a well-priced Merlot from the Languedoc in Southern France. You don’t expect a lot of complexity at this price level but this is bursting with fresh fruit and is an attractive entry-level wine.
Tasting note: Simple, clean, fresh, juicy wine with red cherries and red plums.
£5.01 – £7.49
This is the core of the supermarket range and should be providing well-made wines with characteristics of the grape variety and a sense of place. Only marginally more expensive, the second wine is a step-up in quality with characteristic Southern Rhone “garrigue” wild herbs overlaying the fruit. In our view, it is worth paying just that little bit extra for the additional complexity.
From: Sainsburys Price: £5.50 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Simple, fruity wine with hedgerow fruit and some cut herb character.
£7.50 – £9.99
Wines in this price rage should be clearly characteristic of variety and origin, with the best examples exhibiting skilled wine-making such as appropriate and deft use of oak. Our Wine of the Week is a real bargain from Beaujolais. Two steps up in quality from the basic Beaujolais, this Fleurie is from one of the 10 “crus” or named villages but is priced like one of its less illustrious cousins. Not only that, it’s an excellent example and represents real value for money, particularly as it is on special offer at Tesco until 9 September. It’s still good value at its normal price of £9.00 but is currently an outstanding buy.
From: Tesco Price: £7.50 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £11.00
Tasting note:Fresh, juicy wine with ripe blackberry and dark cherry fruit on the bright, lifted palate.
£10 & Over
Above £10.00, the wine should be delivering extra intensity and complexity, often also reflecting higher costs of production such as barrel fermentation or extended bottle ageing. We often complain that supermarket Chateauneuf-du-Papes are rather average wines, trading off the famous name and representing poor value as a result. We tend to recommend you look to the neighbouring villages such as Gigondas and Vacqueyras instead so it was therefore a pleasure to find this wine from Aldi. It is an excellent example of CNDP and priced very fairly. Definitely worth a try!