AS WE exchange Emperors in terms of the calendar and day turns more readily to night, I did indeed venture chez Tesco to ascertain any potential early-month bargains.
A perfect opportunity to sample Tesco wines arose with an impromptu invitation to a driving instructor’s bash last Sunday at fellow hedonists Paul and Lynne’s abode with the added bonus of host and chief cook Paul showcasing some of my previous week’s recommendations from Aldi.
In Tesco I was tempted by the 20 per cent off offers and first stumbled across a Tesco finest Picpoul De Pinet.
It was reduced to just £5.60 with Picpoul being the grape and Picpoul De Pinet being the small appellation in the Languedoc region of Southern France located between Pézenas and Sète and is the South’s answer to Northern French Muscadet.
Incidentally, the literal translation of Picpoul is ‘lip-stinger’ on account of its refreshing nature and this particular one is truly refreshing for all the right reasons.
Pear and apple fruit flavours abound with a slight spritz and lemony zing and this wine is a strong contender for any summer parties and, given its increasing appearance on restaurant wine lists, is a no-brainer at this price and complements seafood admirably.
For £6.75 the Plaza Centro NV Prosecco, however, remains one of my favourite medium-priced Proseccos, being dry, yet fruity, with good bubbles and is perfect for any occasion – one to stock up upon when on offer.
Now , if you can bear to part with £12, the Tesco finest 2016 Fournier Père et Fils Pouilly Fumé is best served not too chilled.
It is full of gooseberry and lemon aromas and has crisp acidity typical of this Loire wine which , in all fairness, rarely disappoints – one to buy when on offer.
I next meandered towards the red section and noticed an offer where you could buy three reds for just £15 and my pick of the three was unsurprisingly the Castillo San Lorenzo 2011 Rioja Reserva which, for an offer price of just £5 is amazing value for a Reserva and this one exceeded my expectations.
Hints of vanilla complement a good blend of berries, with rich, ripe black fruit flavours (plums and blackberries) to the fore, and, though very drinkable on its own, would undoubtedly be a great accompaniment to cheese. It will also continue to improve in the bottle for another three years or so.
The next best red for an offer price of £5 was a Píccini Memõro Italia which will appeal to those who like dry wine and oozes dark cherry and fig flavours, is robust and full-bodied with a good finish and well worth a punt at this price.
The third wine was the 2015 Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Réserve which proved to be deep red in colour, with a black pepper fragrance and smooth with rounded tannins – again a good buy at this price and well-suited to accompany beef or lamb dishes.
So wend your way to Tesco this weekend to avail yourself of these rather enticing offers before they cease!