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A zippy Sauvignon and a smoky Claret are this week's top supermarket picks.

A zippy Sauvignon and a smoky Claret are my top supermarket picks this week. Don’t forget, you can also save 25% on your favourite Waitrose wines. See below for details of the offer but be quick, it ends tomorrow.

2019 Cimarosa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99 at Lidl):

A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc can hit the spot on a summer evening but some low-priced versions contain little more than piercing acidity and one dimensional gooseberry fruit.

This guy does have assertive lime acidity but – unusually for a £6 wine – that zippiness is backed up by white peach, apple and grapefruit components and a herbal mellowness.

2018 Tesco Claret (£5 at Tesco):

Presentable £5 Claret is rare, and obviously will never rival Bordeaux’s superstars, but this is a sound and reliable version made by a well-established operator.

Find it here on Tesco’s site

It contains cherry and bramble fruit, good acidity, minimal tannin and the savoury, smoky background typical of the region.

Current promotions

Don’t forget, the Waitrose 25% off deal ends tomorrow. You can save 25% on all wine and Champagne priced £5 and over when purchasing six or more bottles. The offer is on in-store and online at waitrosecellar.com and waitrose.com.

Tune in again this Thursday for a look at the new mid-price wine range arriving in M&S stores soon.

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