Before that headline stuff, let’s look at a white.
It is now four years since John Colley and his team took over the Majestic residue after Naked Wines split away, and many changes have ensued.
One that is particularly welcome here is the increased number of wines at entry point prices.
Today’s white is an especially nice example of what Southwest France does well and, of course, has sufficiently low alcohol to benefit from the lower duty band.
Its companion red is another piece of inexpensive MidWeekers magic with a £5.35 wine spotted and recommended by MidWeeker Paul.
Keep them coming guys – via the comments section – they will run out some time, but (mixing the agricultural products) let’s make hay while the sun shines.
Remember, though, that the price of this Tesco red may be below the threshold for “25% off deals” so no reason to delay buying some.
The images and hyperlinks provided should help you to find these wines in crowded displays.
Straight into that red then
2021 Vista Castelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (£5.35 at Tesco and 12.5% abv):
Central Italy wines from the montepulciano grape are a great choice for richness, fruitiness and gentle prices.
They are very much the “safe option” in Italian restaurants – unlikely to disappoint or provide unwelcome surprises.
Dark in colour yet medium bodied, this version delivers bold blackberry, damson and black cherry flavours.
While there is little tannin to obscure those fruit elements, it uses sharp acidity to provide freshness.
Support for the whole package comes in the shape of suggestions of mint, ginger, cinnamon and nuttiness.
And then that white.
2022 Duffour Pere et Fils ‘Vinum’ Côtes de Gascogne (from £7.99 at Majestic and 11.5%):
As alternatives to New Zealand sauvignons, the whites of Southwest France are a good call.
That is especially true if you are happy with marginally less assertiveness and alcohol.
Aromatic with just a gentle hint of sweetness, this example is an appealing blend of that region’s local grape varieties.
It has, as its nucleus or foundation, textured greengage, melon and cooked apple flavours.
Those are coupled with lively grapefruit acidity, a chestnut centred savoury edge and suspicions of fragrant herbs.
This Thursday’s post takes a close look at the Lidl Wine Tour that has just started. See you there.
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