Le Rocher de St Victor, Picpoul de Pinet 2019 Lidl

I have written before about the ubiquitous nature of supermarket Picpoul de Pinet: ‘ubiquitous’ because they pretty much all stock the identical wine from the same co-operative producer, but with a different label. Not so Lidl; this Picpoul comes from respected producer Ormarine, rather than the large local co-operative producer and has a little more…

St Emilion Grand Cru 2017, Lidl

“If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving. I am not drinking any f@£$ing Merlot!” The irrational hatred that Paul Giamatti’s character had for merlot in the wine-lovers’ film Sideways had a profound, lasting impact on merlot sales. Bordeaux producers don’t tend to put the grape variety on the label, so St Emilion may have avoided the…

Chablis 2019 – Lidl

An alternative to the more expensive white burgundies is this good chardonnay from Lidl, which goes well with fish . Lidl have a decent range of reasonably priced wine. Chablis still insist producers don’t name the grape variety (inexplicable to my mind – would love to challenge that rationale) and that they use cork closures…

Chevalier de Fauvert, Pays d’Oc, Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This Sauvignon Blanc is from Lidl. It regularly retails at £4.49 (cheap) but from time to time it is reduced to £2.99 when it is the ‘wine of the week’. This is unnaturally, suspiciously cheap… there must be a catch; it must be awful, right? Wrong; it’s perfectly acceptable plonk. Buy 6 for under £18 and…

Grüner Veltliner – Adler

This is one of three Grüner Veltliner stocked by Lidl – and this is unusual as it’s Italian, albeit from the mountainous north near Austria. It’s Lidl’s most expensive Grüner Veltliner – but is it their best? Sadly not… Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour. Primary apple and citrus notes. No secondary or tertiary…

Grüner Veltliner – Lidl

This is one of three Grüner Veltliner stocked by Lidl – and it ought to be good. I’m a fan of the grape & I liked it. Lidl’s range seems to change really rapidly, so don’t hang about! Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour, with green reflections. Primary apple and citrus notes. No secondary…

Grüner Veltliner Reserve 2018 – Lidl

Austrian wines are good – Grüner Veltliner being the pre-eminent white. All the big super markets have at least one. Why the interest? Global warming may have played a part in making this ‘green’ wine more complex and attractive. Jancis Robinson may have played a part – she attended a blind tasting of Austrian whites…

Cimarosa Chardonnay

Tasting Notes: Revolting. This wine tasted of halitosis. The budget supermarkets have some very good, keenly priced wines. This was nasty. It had a cork closure – but it wasn’t corked; that makes a wine smell like a mildewed cagoule I once had. I read a few months ago that Jancis Robinson, in Mendoza for…