Read on for details of two great French buys – a well-crafted Loire Valley Vouvray and a star Syrah from Southern France. You'll also find reminders of the supermarket offers ending this week plus my picks from new promotions at M&S and the Co-op.
2019 Specially Selected Vouvray (£6.49 at Aldi)
As this well-crafted Vouvray testifies, winemakers in France’s Loire Valley are brilliant at rounding out white wine with a bit of sweetness yet using zippy off-setting acidity to make it feel merely off-dry.
Floral but textured, this example is centred on melon and baked apple flavours embellished with marzipan and spicy influences but, as I say, with enough lime and pink grapefruit acidity to counterbalance any honey-based sweetness.
2019 Les Jamelles Syrah (Drops £1, to £6.25, until 19 October at the Co-op)
Another star from Southern France’s Les Jamelles operation – specialists in kindly priced, but admirable, examples of local, single grape variety wines.
Full and intense, this one contains mulberry and damson flavours supported by firm acidity, modest tannin plus black pepper, sage and liquorice components with gentle, contrasting sweetness too. Check your local store as prices and offers can differ.
Current offers and promotions
A new promotion kicks off today at M&S. Look out for this nice example of Gascogne with a firm acidic bite:
- Gold Label Sauvignon (Drops to £6 until 1 November)
A new set of discounts also started last week at the Co-op. As usual, check your local store to see what's included. This reliable red is a good value buy if it's available:
- McGuigan Black Label Shiraz (Down to £6 until 19 October)
The current promotion at Asda ends this week. This stylish white, which we recommended back in August, is among the discounts:
- Extra Special Rueda (Down to £5 until 6 October)
Today is the last day to save up to 25% off Chardonnay at Majestic. See their website for more details.
At other retailers
Promotions continue this week at Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Morrisons. See last week's post for my picks and end dates.
Join us again on Thursday when we take a look behind the scenes at how prices may change.
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