French Wine


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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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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Pol Roger 2004 Vintage Champagne (Episode 134 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste two big names in the Champagne world Pol Roger and Armand de Brignac which both have a hefty price tag so we are expecting great things from both of them, but particularly the Armand de Brignac as it retails between £200 and £3001

In this first part, we taste a Vintage Pol Roger 2004 which retails at a price around £75.

A fantastic well-balanced glass of Champagne with no excess acidity to detect. The flavour is as close as you can get to perfection for John L!

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Chateau Les Bouysses Malbec (Episode 133 Part 3)

In this last part of this episode, we taste our last French Malbec from the Cahors region.

This one was darker in colour and on the nose smells more like Rioja to John L. and on the palate, it so much better than the previous two examples in this episode.

It is available from Sainsbury’s at £13.00 which is considerably more expensive than the wines tasted in part 1 and 2.

The taste of this has rich blackcurrant flavour, tannins soft with red berries on the end of the taste.

 

 

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Rigal Original Malbec (Episode 133 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we continue tasting French Malbec. This wine – Rigal Original Malbec – is available from Asda at £7.50.
On the nose, it is more intense than the Tesco Malbed we tasted in part 1 with a strong Cherry small.

On the tongue, this Malbec gives much more flavour.

Although John M gives this wine a score of 73, he reduces this score to 70 when he tastes the wine in part 3 of this episode!

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Tescos Finest Cahors Malbec (Episode 133 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste the first of the three French Malbecs, this one purchased from Tescos and is part of their own Finest brand.

It had a rich garnet colour and was very bright on the eye.

A strong blackcurrant nose, however on the palate this wine seems to be one dimensional and one of those without complexity at all.

A disappointing start for this episode!

 

 

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Vollereaux Champagne (Episode 122 Part 4)

This Champagne at twice the cost of the Lois Delaunay Champagne we tasted in part two of this episode was not, in our view, as good.

We do emphasise however that this is a totally subjective view and you may very well love it!

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Louis Delaunay Champagne (Episode 122 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a glass of budget champagne and compare it the champagne we tasted in part one, one of the biggest names in Champagne, Moet Chandon.

This Champagne can be purchased at Tesco for £14.00, so it is actually half the price of the Moet Chandon we tasted in part 1 which makes it a “no-brainer” in terms of which one to chose!

As promised in the video here is a link to the first time we tried the Ambriel Cuvee which we are about to taste in the next part of this episode.

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