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Three supermarket stars and two 25% off promotions

This week, two Buy 6 and save 25% promotions offer shoppers extra savings on a range of supermarket favourites. See below for details plus other offers currently running at the major retailers. I also bring you three top tips – a refreshing Picpoul, a rich Merlot blend and a smooth Portuguese red, with extra savings for Scottish shoppers.

2020 Pomerols Picpoul de Pinet (£7 – instead of £8 until 27 June – in Morrisons but £5.25 in Scotland)

I praised the 2019 version of this wine back in March but, thanks to another brilliant harvest, the new vintage of this lovely white from a special corner of Languedoc is every bit as good.

Vaguely saline but with energetic and refreshing acidity, it contains rich orchard fruit flavours embellished with lively, tangy lemon centred depth.

2020 The Scarlet Pimpernel Red (£6 – instead of £7 until 29 June – at the Co-op)

This excellent South African red is made by the environmentally sensitive Mount Rozier Estate and skilfully combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Floral and dark in colour, it has assertive red currant, cherry and prune flavours with fresh acidity, limited tannin and traces of cinnamon, mint and savoury herbs.

2019 Cidade Branca Alentejo (£6.50 – instead of £8 until 27 June – at Morrisons but £5.25 in Scotland)

As you can see from the Picpoul, Morrisons are helping to soften the effects of minimum unit pricing limitations with one or two substantial “Scotland only” discounts and this enjoyable Portuguese red blend (involving Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional ) is another beneficiary.

Soft and smooth, it has rich cherry and loganberry flavours supported by good acidity, mild tannin and suggestions of cinnamon, vanilla and savoury herbs.

Current promotions

At Sainsbury's

A new promotion started last week at Sainsbury's which runs alongside their popular Buy 6 and save 25% offer (on until 24 June). Previous vintages of this red have been great so it's one to look for among the savings.

At Asda

This aromatic and mellow low alcohol Sauvignon is among the current offers at Asda. There is no fixed expiry date for the promotion but discounts are expected to last for the next three to four weeks.

At Waitrose

A reminder that the current promotion at Waitrose finishes tomorrow. Save up to 1/3 on selected wines including this Italian red:

At Morrisons

There is also a Buy 6 and save 25% on all wines over £5 promotion at Morrisons (running until Sunday 27 June) which offers some great savings including on my Top Tips mentioned above.

At other retailers

Promotions at M&S and the Co-op also continue this week. See last week's post for details and my recommendations.

Move over New Zealand, this Thursday's post picks out good Sauvignon Blanc from other countries around the world.

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David Cronin

Hi Brian, Thanks for this, seems like Morrisons and Co op are coming up with some interesting affordable wines atm, Haven’t opened a Picpoul for a while now so may well stock up along with the Portuguese bottle while the promotion is on. I’m very rarely disappointed with anything I pick from the Co op so i will give the South African a go, at these prices seems silly not to.

Brian Elliott

Agree with your analysis. Both the Co-op (as ever) and Morrisons are nicely on song currently but I am equally impressed by some of the wines Sainsbury’s have introduced this year.

Paul Davies

Hello Brian
Unfortunately here in Wales the Morrison’s buy six promotion and get 25% off ,only applies to wines £7 and over, not £5.Still never mind, good reason to visit Chester just over the border.

Brian Elliott

Hi Paul. Yes differing alcohol pricing laws make it very difficult for sites like this. Either I make it too simple and mislead folk or provide a detailed algortihm about what applies where and risk boring everyone. On the brighter side however, Chester is always a nice place to visit.

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