Our pursuit of good value wines takes us first to South America and then back to a classic French wine region.
As I indicated a few weeks ago, “Blush” wines seem to be becoming more subtle and noticeably drier.
That seems especially true where they are centred (as here) on sauvignon blanc and the acidic flourish that variety so often introduces.
So do see whether today’s featured example impresses you as much as it impressed the IWSC judges.
From something that is a newish trend to something about as traditional as you can get.
Today’s red wine choice is a classic GSM Rhone blend from a long-standing French wine operation (Calvet).
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
First up, that “Blush”
2021 La Corriente Sauvignon Blanc Blush (£7 at Asda):
I recently recommended the Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc Blush and here is another creditable Chilean “blush” that also captures the best bits of both rosé wines and sauvignon blanc grapes.
Its success in doing so earned it an impressive 90 points at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Fresh with a delightful tart finish, it features ripe apple, strawberry and melon flavours partnered by excellent grapefruit acidity and traces of mint, other herbs and savoury influences.
And next a red
2021 Calvet Prestige Cotes du Rhone Villages (£7.50 at Tesco and 14%)
Despite the unhelpful weather in 2021 that supressed alcohol levels in Southern France generally, this red still weighs in at 14%.
This will delight those who love the rounder, denser (and often sweeter) wines that higher alcohol levels often produce.
By any measure, however, this is an excellent example of the “Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre” blends the Southern Rhone does so well.
It also neatly illustrates how “Villages” versions often out-perform basic Cȏtes du Rhȏnes.
Smooth and textured, this one has herbal plum and raspberry flavours supported by good acidity and mild tannin with suggestions of chocolate, black pepper and a gentle overall spiciness.
See you again on Thursday when my regular Sunday Best choices join forces with suggested Friday treats and, of course, also provides details of the current promotions scene in major retailers.
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