LIDL did I know that it could rain this month and actually did rain or that the end of July would herald Lidl’s Wine Tour, so off I duly headed in search of good buys.
In terms of white wines, I steered away from the cheaper ones and sought quality at a reasonable price (circa £7 to £8).
For £6.99, I opted initially for a 2017 Les Figuerettes Picpoul de Pinet – an inspired selection – as it turned out to be characterful, pear-scented, sporting tangy lemon freshness with a touch of salinity and a wine that is a great accompaniment to any seafood concoction!
A white Burgundy next caught my eye in the form of a Maréchal 2015 Côteaux Bourguignons priced at just £6.99 and also serving as a reminder that not all white Burgundy is Chardonnay
This unoaked wine is made from a hundred per cent Aligoté, a grape that has been planted in Burgundy since the eighteenth century.
Green-gold in the glass, herby notes en bouche and crisp acidity characterise this rather splendid white wine considering the pecuniary outlay!
My final white wine choice was that of a 2016 Hans Lang (not Fritz) Rheingau Riesling priced at a lofty £8.99, but undoubtedly my white wine of the week.
This slick number is classic dryish German Riesling exuding delectable juicy lime fruit on the palate with great balance and a lingering finish – one I wholeheartedly commend to you!
It was now time for a rosé and the 2017 Domaine Saint Pierre Gris Pays D’Oc from the Languedoc region jumped out at me being priced at just £4.99. Languedoc rosés are up and coming and this medium-dry rosé is salmon pink in colour and has aromas of forest strawberries and is eminently quaffable and one I recommend not to overchill.
In terms of red wines, two in particular stood out with the 2016 Corbières, again from the Languedoc area, being most competitively priced at a mere £4.99 and proving to be decidedly rustic, fruity, bramble-scented with a good dry aftertaste and, in my humble opinion, a veritable crowd pleaser and one to stock up on for parties.
My red wine of the week, however , and my final selection was a 2014 Squinzano Riserva from Puglia of Italian provenance on sale extraordinarily for just £5.99.
This enchanting wine has fleshy, dark red fruit, some spice and good grip and comes from the Negroamaro grape in Southern Italy and tastes sun-baked and would be perfect for barbecues as it pairs well with steak and sausages – one for Italian red wine aficionados. Arrivederci!