Wine rankings were put to the test for me this week in Lidl. They quite helpfully label a lot of their wines in store with wine rankings. I’m not sure whose they are but I picked a few choice bottles to taste.
Coteaux Bourguignons (£6.99)
is another win for a white Burgundy from Lidl. Not quite as soft and enchanting as their Macon which I tasted a few weeks ago, but another nice surprise nonetheless. Lemon, and tart apple filled my nose, though there’s a slight sourness hung in the back of the throat.
The Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 (£6.79
) is ridiculous value. It’s more fruit forward than a typical Burgundy, but there’s a rugged, earthiness to it that Old World pinot fans should still love.
Régnié Cru Beaujolais (£7.99)
is more of a miss than a hit for me. The nose is interesting: warm raspberry, spicy pepper, and a slight herbal note that nods towards the Rhône. Unfortunately the palate lacked balance: mouth strippingly dry, surprisingly tannic, and powerfully alcoholic meant any nuance was lost. Food or chilling a must. Not
an aperitif wine.
I was, to be honest, getting quite tired of supermarket selections in the sub-£10 bracket, but Lidl has really restored my faith in the mass-available, affordable tipple.