Languedoc, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

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I have been looking at how Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range (which teams up with good producers and releases own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced) compares with Sainsbury’s ‘Premium’, Taste the Difference range. As a punter, it pays to seek out the maker’s name. Few winemakers are more consistent than Paul Mas. My reviews of some of his other wines can be found here

https://atimeforwine.blog/2017/11/11/limoux-chardonnay-sainsburys-taste-the-difference/

and here

https://atimeforwine.blog/2018/05/13/paul-mas/

This blend is really lovely – I particularly like the addition of Vermentino, which is being more widely planted in Languedoc. I spent three weeks in Sardinia and tasted Vermentino in particular.  The International Grape Genomics Program, of which I am a big fan, recently confirmed Vermentino to be identical to the Pigato of Liguria and Favorita of Piedmont.

Tasting notes:  Juicy Chardonnay with notes of peach and layers of fruit and a little spice. Some minerality. Made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne & Vermentino – some of the most abundant grape varieties in the region. Good wine and good value for money. 

Wine Colour – White
Price – £8
Where do I get it from? Sainsbury
Current Vintage – 2017
Producer – Paul Mas (Jean Claude Mas)
Grape – Grenache Blanc, Marsanne & Vermentino
Region/Country – Languedoc/France
Points – 90
Food Pairing: Salade Nicoise

Sardinia

At a private tasting of Vermentino in Sardinia, with my family, on the Mancini Estate in Gallura.

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