French Wine


Chateau Vieux Manoir Bordeaux (Episode 245)

We taste wine from perhaps the most famous wine area, after champagne – Bordeaux!

Doesn’t “Old House” sound so much better in French?

This wine is available in the UK from the Co-Op for the fantastic price of £7.00!

It can be found by following this link: –

( https://www.coop.co.uk/products/chateau-vieux-manoir-729826 )

The wine in the glass has a fantastic rich garnet colour.

On the nose, the prominent smell is blackcurrant with a smoky note at the end.

The smell is incredibly inviting with the taste, not disappointing giving a rich, deep, and complex flavour.

Tannins are soft and the length of time the taste lasts is also particularly good!

 

 

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Aldi’s Signargues Cotes du Rhone Village (Episode 235)

In this episode, we taste a great Cotes du Rhone Village, kindly sent to us by Aldi.

So a wine that is from an internationally renown wine region.

It has a great nose (aroma) with John M even detecting rubber!

At £6.99 this a terrific bargain and if Aldi gets it back in stock give it a go and we are sure if you like Cotes du Rhone you will like this.

 

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Aldi’s Pinot Gris Pierre Jaurant Wine Review (episode 231)

We taste a great Pinot Gris available from the Supermarket Aldi.

Even though the wine was produced in France it really reminded John L of Italian Pinot Grigio which is also made from Pinot Gris grapes, even though he didn’t remember this at the time of filming!

This wine, at £5.49, is fantastic value for a great Pinot Gris.

This would be a great wine to match a lot of Italian dishes even if it is a French wine, as well as seafood and sushi!

 

If you like Pinot Grigio you must try this!

https://www.aldi.co.uk/pierre-jaurant-pinot-gris/p/013374281301000

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Tasting Aldi’s Monsigny Champagne No. III (Episode 229)

In this episode, we taste a bottle of champagne kindly sent to us by Aldi.

The bottle in question, Monsigny Champagne No. III retails at £12.49 in the UK.

It is a great bottle of champagne and to our taste performed better than some champagnes that retail for twice the price!

We had absolutely no reservations in recommending this champagne fantastic value at this fantastic price!

Here is the link to find out more from Aldi’s website: –

https://www.aldi.co.uk/veuve-monsigny-champagne-brut/p/052600004580000

 

 

 

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Tesco’s Cote du Rhone (Episode 221 Part 5)

We continue our episode on budget wines from supermarkets.

This part of the episode we review Tesco’s own brand Cote du Rhone for the fantastic price of £4.50.

The colour was spot on for a Cote du Rhone.

On the nose (smell) there was raspberry and vanilla.

The taste was surprisingly good for the price, especially as French wine tends to be more expensive than other country’s wines.

A fantastic value everyday wine.

The length is also surprisingly good.

 

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Sainsburys House Claret (Episode 221 – Part 3)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the second part of this episode, we taste Sainsbury’s House Claret wine which is a name typically the British give to Bourdeaux wines.

French wines, as we often mentioned, because of the high-quality reputation, tend to be priced higher than wines from other countries, so the price of this wine at £5.00 is even more remarkable.

To the sight, the wine looks a very deep ruby and looks to have more viscosity than the previous wine we had just tasted in Part 2 (Kourtaki’s Retsina)

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive of French wine, it has blackcurrant, spice and even strawberry!

On the palette, we were very pleasantly surprised, for the price point for a French wine we were fearing the taste would be wanting but this wine far exceeded our expectations.

The fruit flavour came first through, to begin with, followed by the tannins at the end which just last for a very short burst.

There is hardly any length, but for a quaffable wine, this is excellent value!

 

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Vinsobres Red Wine (Episode 220)

This wine produced in the south of France (Vinsobres is a wine region in France) is a GSM style wine (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah (Shiraz) 15% Mourvedre).

It is available from Aldi (at the time of publication at a price of £8.99)

Whilst the wine is very nice, we felt the tannins were a little bit too robust at the end.

 

 

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Burgundy’s Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Clos de la Fortune Monopole (Episode 215)

This wine was kindly given to us by some friends – John and Matthew – thanks, guys!

The wine is made from the Aligote grape which is grown in the Burgundy or Bourgogne.

We both loved the wine it is a very classy wine which for white wine is very complex on both the nose and palate.

Straw in colour, melon, peppers and even Weetabix on the nose!

On the palate, the melon is still very much present with a touch of honey and green peppers.

The wine has great complexity and a great length for white wine.

Hopefully, this link will help you find out where you can source this wine local to you

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/maison+chanzy+clos+de+la+fortune+bouzeron+cote+chalonnaise+burgundy+france

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Red Sancerre (Episode 210)

In this episode, we taste a Sancerre, but a special Sancerre in that it is a Red Sancerre.

Sancerre is world renown and by many is viewed to be the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

Red wine from the region is not however so well known and typically is made with Pinot Noir.

On the nose, this wine didn’t exhibit the normal forest floor scent for John L whilst John M could smell it very very faintly.

The Scent from the wine was very light but strawberry fruit could be detected.

On the taste, the wine seems very one dimensional, the taste of strawberry was present but in John M’s view the tannins were a little too heavy for the lighter tasted experienced with this wine.

Our view of this particular wine, (Sancerre Rouge Les Champs Clos Pinot Noir is available from Sainsbury’s for £11.50) overall was disappointing from it’s lack of complexity of taste given the price.

 

 

 

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Jay Z’s Armand De Brignac Champagne (Episode 134 Part 2)

In this part of this episode, we taste the Armand De Brignac Champagne. This Champagne House is owned by the famous rapper Jay Z husband to Beyonce.

This champagne retails at between £200 and £300 and in our view it’s taste did not warrant the price tag.

In John L’s opinion, the Ambriel tasted a few weeks ago which retails at £26.50 tastes better!

to find out more take a look at the video if you have not already!

 

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