Autumn French wine sales

Posted on: 5th October, 2015

Category: The Wine Buff

Contributor: Tony Eklof

Tony Eklof, originally from New England, has settled in Clonakilty after a career as a librarian at University College Dublin. His knowledge and passion for wine has been inspired by frequent visits to the wine growing regions of the continent, particularly Italy and France.

When is a wine sale not a wine sale? It’s when supermarkets take an ordinary bottle of wine, hike up the price for a few weeks before slashing the price and marketing it as ‘half-price’. This bad practice is becoming widespread and seems to me to be unfair as it rarely represents a true bargain for the consumer. My advice is to walk on by these so-called deals.

Coincidentally there are a number of French wine sales on at the moment.

Dunnes Stores sale features a number of familiar brands at marked-down prices. I would recommend an easy drinking red from the Languedoc called Le Clos, good value at €9.

SuperValu’s new range of French wine is impressive, particularly the new labels from Bordeaux. I have selected these four as really good value, and the good news is that the folks at SuperValu in Clonakilty have agreed to extend the sale price to give you a chance avail of the offer.

Moulin Lafitte Bordeaux, 2012, €14: Classic Bordeaux wine used to be lighter in alcohol as a general rule. This is a good example of the old style, just 12.5 per cent but retaining enough complexity to make it a lovely very drinkable Autumn wine.

Chateau Camp de la Hire, Cotes de Bordeaux,  €12: From the village of St Phillipe d’Aiguilhe in the hills of Castillon, and from the exceptional 2010 vintage comes this lush St-Emilion style red, Gold medal winner at Lyon.

Chateau Lacombe-Cadiot Bordeaux Superieur, 2011, €13 Gold medal winner from Macau-Medoc.

Finally, one worthy of picking up now for the Christmas season, Lady de Mour Margaux, Super Valu wine of the month, €25 gorgeous wine and a gorgeous label!

All of the above are red wines, for white I suggest looking at Lidl’s French sale that seems to go from strength to strength each year.

Star buy is the Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Baune at €15. It is very rare to get such sumptuous white Burgundy from Nuits-Saint-Georges at this price.

At the other end of the scale, Grand Desir Bordeaux Blanc at €6.99 delivers much more than you would expect at this price.

The Lidl sale is always strong with lovely Alsace whites and a good example this year is Ernest Wein, Pinot Blanc, 2014. €10.99.

Finally, the Graves region in Bordeaux is historically important, but lost some of its’ star villages when the Pessac-Leognan AC was created from the northern part of Graves in 1987. For a great value white from Graves, try Chateau Gales 2014 at €12.99.

With these French wines in Lidl it is a question of as long as stocks last so as the ad says, ‘when they’re gone….’

Feedback, comments etc welcome. westcorkwinebuff@gmail.com.

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