Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie – Pierre Chanau

I’ve tasted my way from Nantes to Pouilly-sur-Loire over the course of several visits to the region. I’m a big fan of Muscadet in the summer; for me it’s the perfect wine to wash down moules mariniere. I wrote recently that Gros Plant was made from the Picpoul grape – however research for this article…

Pinot Noir Bouchard Aine & Fils

An attractive looking bottle from a well respected Burgundy producer. Tasting notes: Initially detected some earthy, toasty, oaky notes. Hints of berry fruits. Typical pinot noir texture. Wine Colour – Red Price – £12.66 Where do I get it from? Widely available Current Vintage – 2016 Producer – Bouchard Grape – 100% Pinot Noir Region/Country…

Bourgogne Chardonnay Bouchard Pere & Fils

We used to go to France every 2 months to stock up on food and wine. With declining Sterling rates, busier lives and Calais resembling a post-Apocalyptic bandit-zone we lost interest… Last week we returned. Calais is still not what it used to be; there’s high fencing, razor wire, and most of the roadside trees…

Isla Negra Sauvignon Blanc

I thought this was good, if not memorable Sauvignon Blanc. Very good value at £5, however and good everyday table wine. This comes from Cono Sur, another branch of Concha y Toro. Tasting notes: Initially detected some sharp, fruit notes. Hints of citrus fruits. Good texture. Dry (but not bone dry). Wine Colour – White…

Faustino VII Rioja

A familiar looking bottle – this wine is widely available. My local corner shop stocks it. There are several variations, featuring some kind of Cavalier – who has put me off for years. As an alternative to Campo Viejo, the market leading rioja I gave it a whirl. The standard was about the same and…

Burra Brook Chardonnay

An attractive looking bottle, this wine was ‘fine’. Nothing wrong with it. Quite nice. Damning with faint praise? Yep – I’d hoped for better; M&S wine can be really good. This was OK. Tasting notes: Straw colour. Not much on the nose. Initially some tropical notes, a little pineapple. Dry. Region of Origin – South…

Dark Horse Chardonnay

This wine comes from ‘California’ – which is a massive place and seems a bit vague… Not entirely sure what to make of this wine – I liked it and it’s one of only a handful of wines that have made me say ‘wow’ this year. Tasting notes: Straw colour. Wow! Butterscotch, caramel notes. Dry….

Finca Las Moras Malbec

The description on their website says that this wine is produced from grapes from San Juan & Cuyo and produced at their winery in Tulum. In other words it’s from a wide region of the Mendoza province – but for the price it’s good wine and goes very well with beef dishes. Tasting notes: Inky…

Limoux Chardonnay, Sainsburys Taste the Difference

One of  six ‘Taste the Difference’ Chardonnays on offer from Sainsburys (four French, one Chilean and one Australian), ranging in price from £6 – £11. This Limoux Chardonnay comes from the well respected producer, Paul Mas. Tasting notes: Straw colour. Initially some creamy, toasted vanilla notes from oak barrel ageing. Dry. Region of Origin –…

Chardonnay, Barossa Riverland, Sainsburys Taste The Difference

Tasting notes: Straw colour.  Initially some stone-fruit notes and finish with crisp apple. Some mineral notes. Dry. Very drinkable. Region of Origin – Barossa Wine Colour – White Price – £7 Where do I get it from? Sainsburys Current Vintage – 2016 Producer – Château Tanunda Grape – 100% Chardonnay Country – Australia Points –…

Ca’ Marrone Rosso Puglia

At the risk of going on about how much I love Italy – I’m especially fond of the country’s shapely heel. At a huge, three-hour Easter feast in a remote part of Puglia, my wife and I were sent over vino spumante by a large party of very well-dressed local farmers & their families, who…

Camino del Angel Chardonnay

I suspect that Sainsbury sells this wine in the full knowledge that it bears a striking resemblance to Concha y Toro’s ‘Casilliero de Diablo’ wine (reviewed here https://wordpress.com/post/atimeforwine.blog/1926 ). Cheeky? Rude? ‘Banter’? It’s a fine line – and who knows if it’s intended to deceive? It’s quite good – but not as good as the ‘original’….