ALDI 2017 Selection

As you'd expect from Aldi there is a wide range of really well priced wines, but as you might not expect there is a good range of reasonably quality too particularly in the Venturer and Exquisite ranges. It's not all cheap and cheerful, there is some top end stuff here and again it's very well priced, look for the ever expanding Lot Series. My only frustration with Aldi is inconsistency of availability of many of their drinks in stores but on the whole the drinks below are really good when they are available.

The Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine 4.99
Drinker Rating 88

Good, fresh, well made, lovely acidity, nice crisp green apple, would make a fab House White
Lot Series Agentinian Chardonnay 9.99
Drinker Rating 91

Proper New World chardonnay, lime zest and green apple, well judged oak, easy drinking
The Exquisite Collection Gavi 5.49
Drinker Rating 89
Classy looking bottle, green apple nose, very well made, good typicity
The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 6.99
Drinker Rating 91
Zesty and floral, aromatic, white blossom, hint of minerality, very well made
Vignobles Rousellet Sauvignon Blanc 4.49
Drinker Rating 88

Grassy and understated sauvignon, easy drinker, classic French style
Pays D'Oc Chardonnay 4.79
Drinker Rating 89

Really well balanced fruit and acidity, hints of unripe pear and apple, good use of oak
The Exquisite Collection Limoux AC 6.99
Drinker Rating 90

Top wine at only seven quid, good oak flavour and srtucture, lovely drop
Ashwood Freeman's Bay Pinot Gris 2014 5.69
Drinker Rating 91
Lovely complex nose, good tropical fruit, lychee, unripe apple, deep and lasting wine
AC Byrne Margaret River Chardonnay 7.49
Drinker Rating 91
Green apple and grass on nose, dry, floral, elegant

Philippe Michel Cremant du Jura 7.99
Drinker Rating 89

Easy drinking fizz, green apple and grass, lovely, very well priced
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV 10.99
Drinker Rating 90

Yeasty bread nose, good full, rich complex palate, red apple, lovely, classy, value!
Belletti Prosecco Magnum 12.99
Drinker Rating 90

Peach blossom nose, dry, light, fresh, lovely drop, magnum is a show-stopper

Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 4.79
Drinker Rating 90

Ripe damson and plum nose, good blackcurrant with lovely menthol notes, nice tannic structure
The Exquisite Collection South Australia Shiraz 5.79
Drinker Rating 90
Hint of menthol and tobacco smoke, rich black berry, very well made
The Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014 6.99
Drinker Rating 90
Balanced fruit and savoury ripeness, light raspberry and hint of leather, smashing
Estevez Pinot Noir 4.79
Drinker Rating 89

Forward fruit and good tannic structure, very well made, complex
Vignobles Roussellet Malbec 4.49
Drinker Rating 90

Forward open bubblegum nose, blueberry and oak, easy tannin, great value
Chateau Soleil, Puisseguin St Emillion 11.99
Drinker Rating 92

Lovely open developing Bordeaux nose, green pepper and bramble, cherry and violet on palate, classy
Jean Bouchard Beaunne 16.99
Drinker Rating 92

Lovely red fruit and forest floor nose, complex and savoury, good use of oak, developing well
Andara Chilean Merlot 3.99
Drinker Rating 89

Complex nose, light rubber and stewed fruit, soft, easy and straightforward

Toro Loco Rose 2014 3.89
Drinker Rating 87
Raspberry nose, lovely red cherry finish. Great price, good value party wine.

La Goudale Abbaye Beer 6% 2.49 750ml
Classy looking bottle, champagne cork, easy drinking for a stong beer, balanced
Orchard Premium Apple Cider 0.85 568ml/pint bottle Drinker Rating 86
Fantastic price for a good standard cider, it's verging on medium dry, good apple backbone and nice body. But what a price!
Wychwood Bah Humbug 1.25 500ml Drinker Rating 89
Good solid ale, lovely hop to malt balance and terrific value