Today’s Top Tips highlight two “wallet friendly” wines from a prestigious region of France that I think capture several important aspects of what that region’s wines are all about.
Not without justification, Bordeaux has a reputation for expensive wines but straightforward, realistically priced options can also be tracked down.
Here are a couple (a red and a white) that are sound – yet inexpensive – which I think reflect the region’s style while, obviously, never matching the brilliance of Bordeaux’s iconic wines.
As usual, where possible pictures and hyperlinks are included to help steer you towards the correct wine.
Starting with a white
Today’s first example is from Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers region – an area which has something of a reputation for sauvignon blanc or, as here, for blends of sauvignon and semillon.
The result in this case – 2020 Chateau Rampeau Bordeaux Sauvignon (£6.99 – instead of £9.99 until 3 May – at Waitrose) – is great value white wine with crisp citrus fruit given complexity by lemon centred acidity and hints of flinty minerality.
And a complementary red
As I implied earlier, without spending liberally, it is difficult to experience the complex fruit and mineral fusion of classic Bordeaux reds, but this does get over halfway there.
Aromatic with graphite savouriness, 2019 Bordeaux Superieur (£5.49 at Lidl) provides medium bodied, cherry and plum flavours with good acidity and proportionate tannin, combined with suggestions of cinnamon and eucalyptus.
Drop by on Thursday when we have a monthly look at Discounter Discoveries (Aldi this time) and find Sunday Best and Pick of the Click options.
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