Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range is doing a good job of teaming up with good producers and releasing own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced – but how does Sainsbury’s ‘Premium’, Taste the Difference range compare? For this fizz they have teamed up with my favourite Loire Valley cremant producer, Bouvet Ladubay. They are one of Saumur’s oldest producers and I visited their winery for a private tour and tasting. Their fizz is produced in the Methode Traditionelle. The region is renowned for Chenin Blanc and this is the predominant grape in the blend, with the addition of a glug of Chardonnay which balances the acidity and adds complexity and a little length to the finish. Should you buy it? Yes – a good alternative to cava or prosecco – and half the price of champagne, this was good fizz for the money.
Tasting notes: This Chenin Blanc dominated fizz has fruity, floral aromas on the nose. Fine and persistent mousse. Honeysuckle, apple and peach notes. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. A little complexity and length of finish from the addition of 15% chardonnay. Elegant. Good value for money.
Wine Colour – White
Price – £11
Where do I get it from? Sainsbury
Current Vintage – NV
Producer – Bouvet Ladubay
Grape – 85% Chenin Blanc, 15% Chardonnay
Region/Country – Loire Valley/France
Points – 89
Food Pairing: None required.