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Well made wine yet change from a fiver

Tesco’s latest promotions lean heavily on branded wines but, if you only have £5 pocket money this week, here are my top picks from the rest.

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A new series of Tesco offers began this week and to help those of you always seeking sound, inexpensive wines here are my two entry-point choices from the promotions list.

Although these discounts end on 15 September, the judgements on the wines themselves should hold good for at least three months from the time of the post.

Click on any of the bottles shown for an enlarged image to help you pinpoint the wine on a crowded shelf.

Textured but zippy

Chemins de Gascogne

South West France often blends ugni blanc grapes with colombard but here it has turbo charged the acidity by using sauvignon blanc instead.

Consequently, the light and fresh 2014 Chemins de Gascogne Colombard Sauvignon Blanc (£4.99 instead of £9.99) delivers zippy grapefruit and lemon acidity to counterbalance the region’s typical orange-centred, orchard fruit depth.

A smooth red with lively fruit

Marques De Carano

Even though this blend of characteristic Rioja grapes is from Carinena, rather than Rioja itself, it has –as a gran reserva – experienced a good deal of aging.


That process has added smoothness, spice and chocolate touches to 2008 Marques De Carano Gran. Reserva (£4.99 instead of £9.99) without dimming its full, cherry and blackcurrant flavours or its emphatic tannic twist.

Coming Soon

Thursday sees the launch of the latest French Collection from Lidl – remember last year’s headline-grabbing “Claret Offensive”? If you have not already signed up, put your email address in the box at the top of the page to get my top recommendations from this new Collection. You will receive them, straight into your Inbox, a few minutes before the wines are unveiled in Lidl stores for the first time.


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