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LIDL WINES SELECTION 2017/18

SUMMARY
I am really impressed by the thought that is clearly going into the Lidl range particularly in terms of the wines from Hungary and England. As you'd expect of a 'discount supermarket' there's some great value to be had here. The wines are listed by release date rather than price. Go for the sweeties and fortifieds for value this Christmas.


KEY
The reds are written up in this colour
The whites in this colour
Pink in this colour
The fizz in this colour
Sweets and forts in this colour



Core Range Wines
Rias Baixas, Abellio, Galicia £5.99 rating 90
Lovely dry green herbaceous wine, green grass and zesty acidity
Cotes de Gascoigne, Exotique 2015 £4.50 rating 90
Superb wine at the price, classy, easy drinker, soft, ripe and fresh
Mosel Riesling, Thornicher St. Michael, 2015, £4.99 rating 87
Good aromatic, low alcohol and off dry riesling, fresh and very drinkable
St Emillion Grand Cru 2014 £10.99 rating 91
Good open black pepper and oak nose, lovely burnt toast notes, smashing wine
Montepulcianno d'Abruzzo £3.99 rating 88
Lots of wine for the money, good morello cherry palate, fantastic food wine
Chilean Malbec Reserva Privada, Cimarosa £4.49 rating 89
Touch of medicine cabinet on the nose, blackcurrant leaf and vanilla
Cremant de Bourgogne £7.99 rating 89
Super wine, light toasty nose, green apple palate, really well made, great price


Available from 28th September 2017
Bordeaux Blanc, L'Horizon Cuvee Morgane £5.99 rating 89
Light gooseberry nose, zippy fresh and herbal, top wine great price
Touraine, Clos des Ronceveaux £6.49 rating 89
Perfect light sauvignon all green grass and cucumber
Petit Chablis, Oliveira Lecestre £10.99 rating 90
Lovely mineral nose, stone fruit palate, restrained and poised
Riesling, Hans Michel £7.99 rating 90
Good old fashioned riesling, dry but floral and aromatic, beautifully perfumed
Chardonnay Rex Goliath (USA) £4.99 rating 89
Big buttery, oaky chardonnay, proper old skool US style, bargain!
Mercurey, Louis Chavy £11.99 rating 91
Bramble and black pepper, tar and savoury leather, very good indeed.
Minervois,Chateau Bonhomme £4.99 rating 88
Spicy black pepper nose, good solid fruity backbone, well made, very well priced.
Fitou, Cers & Marin £5.99 rating 91
Lovely earthy depth on nose, black cherry and oak, fab wine.

Cremant de Limoux Brut, L'Ephemere £7.99 rating 90

Lovely green grass nose, dry and fresh, hint of white peach, great value fizz.
Champagne Brut Rose, Bissinger £14.99 rating 89
Touch of light raspberry, some toasty complexity, fab pink fizz.




Available from 25th May 2017
Palmela, Paco do Bispo £4.99 rating 89
Lovely soft, fresh, approachable wine, green fruit, touch of tropical flowers
Marsanne, Val de Salis £6.99
Light green tropical fruit, bags of fresh citrus, touch of minerality
Chardonnay Viognier, Val de Salis £6.49 rating 90
Grassy meadow nose, green apple, layers of flavour, deep and refreshing
Chardonnay Viognier Reserva Privada, Vajero, Chile, £4.99 rating 90
Loads of fresh green fruit, apple and pear, balanced acidity, great price
Chardonnay, Bourgogne £6.99 rating 89
Lovely creamy nose and palate, well judged oak, fresh green limes
Verdejo, Finca los Trenzones, Spain, £4.99 rating 88
Proper summer garden wine, well priced, easy drinking, party or BBQ fare
Somontano Crianza 2011 £4.99 rating 89
Touch of leather on nose, violets and blkack fruit palate, hot pepper and spice finish
Carinena Gran Reserva, Monte Plogar, Spain 2010 £4.99 rating 89
Big powerful wine, ripe black fruit and earthy notes, very solid value
Rioja Reserva, Soligamar 2011 £9.99 rating 89
Shows age on nose, juicy cherry, pepper and spice, loads of oak, classy
Toro Crianza, Tulga, Spain 2013 £4.99 rating 90
Plum and black pepper, intense fruit, damson and bramble, terrific wine
Bordeaux, Terres Nouvelles 2014 £6.49 rating 89
Lovely cedar and pencil box nose, spice and bramble, classy 2014
Valdepenas Gran Reserva, Los Molinos 2009 £5.99 rating 89
Development on nose, earthy notes, lots of oaky support, good holding black fruit
Blanc de Blancs Brut, Languedoc, £7.99 rating 89
Lovely simple, uncomplex wine, dry and mineral, great value fizz
Ribeiro Santo Portugal, £8.99 rating 89
Lovely looking bottle, interesting wine, lots of complexity on the palate





Available from 30th March 2017
Macon Villages, Chardonnay, Le Grand Sorbier 2015 £7.99 rating 89
All apple and grass, this is a well made, well priced poised chardonnay, top stuff
Borgougne Hautes-Cotes de Beaunne, Louis Dupleix 2015 £9.99 rating 90
This has got a little age to it, so along with green limes there's earthy mineral and good body
Roero Arneis, Cascina Valentino 2015 £8.99 rating 89
Light floral nose, orange blossom, lovely zippy acidity, lovely Easter wine
Pinot Grigio Veneto, Corte Allodola 2015 £5.99 rating 89
A pinot grigio with a little extra to it, good fruit character, dry and refreshing
Veneto Bianco, Vigneti del Sole 2015 £6.99 rating 89
Soft white peach nose, touch off dry, good fruit and acidity balance
Sauvignon Blanc Chile, Cimarosa £4.99 89
Er...hello, it's £4.99! Gooseberry and grapefruit, lovely drop. Party wine.
Pauillac Le Pavillion 2013 £11.99 rating 89
Proper Bordeaux nose, oak, spice, cedar, black fruit, it's all there
Saint Chinian, Languedoc, Val de Salis £7.99 rating 92
Top wine, great price, a real beauty, black fruit and cracked black pepper, balanced.
Primitivo Salento, Masseira Metrano 2014 £7.99 rating 90
Tobacco leaf nose, red berries, smoke and spice, lovely stuff, well priced
Amarone della Valpolicella , Tentua Pule 2011 £16.99 rating 90
Any other shop would sell this at £30, big Amarone, soft and viscous, classy
Ebeia Roble, Bodegas Portia 2015 £6.99 rating 90
Deep black cherry palate, easy drinking style, great value Spanish red
Champagne Premier Cru Brut Bissinger  £16.99 rating 89
Yeasty toasty nose, easy fizz, soft mouthfeel, Deep and complex finish
Champagne Brut Rose, Henri Delattre £7.99 half bottle 89
Lovely pink shampoo, cute half bottle, great Easter pressie, classy wine





Available from 26th January 2017

Henri Delattre Rosé Champagne NV £14.99 rating 90
Lovely hint of green apple and raspberry, some yeasty complexity, bargain
Domine Sait Germain Chardonnay, Burgundy £6.99 rating 89
Refreshing crisp apple chardonnay, some zesty lime, really well made
Cotes du Rhone 2015 £5.99 rating 88
Good minerality, stony and flinty, fuller bodied, lots of wine for the money
Tete a Tete Pfaffenheim Pinot Gris Riesling 2015 £7.99 rating 89
Interesting blend of grapes, good refreshing white, hint of peach
Valle de San Antonio, Cimarosa, Chile, Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 rating 89
Big floral aromatic style, stalky asparagus and grapefruit, good value
Moncigale Granache Rosé 2015 £4.99 rating 89
Classy looking bottle, nice subtle red fruit nose, dry, good, well priced
Henri D'Autignac Rosé, Pays D'Oc £5.49 rating 88
Really easy drinking style, good fruit, hint of white pepper spice, smashing
Bergerac 2015 £4.99 rating 90
Really solid Bergerac, good black cherry notes, firm but easy tannins, smart
Syrah Payd D'Oc £5.99 rating 89
Generous spice and black pepper nose, lovely vanilla touch, balanced
Los Molinos Valdepenas Gran Reserva £5.99 rating 89
Coconut, blackberry, spice and wood smoke, really well rounded wine
Valle de Rapel, Cimarosa, Chile Shiraz £6.49 rating 90
Lovely oak and menthol nose, pepper and blackcurrant, belter
Tentuta Pule, Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 £16.99 rating 91
Lovely sweeter style, dried fig and rasin, powerful alcohol





Available from 24th November 2016
Alsace Gewrtztraminer, JP Muller 2013 £11.99 rating 90
Elegant floral nose, aromatic and balanced, just enough sweetness, beautiful
Alsace Riesling Ernest Wein (Fra) £6.49 rating 89
Floral, white blossom nose, bags of fruit, quite grapey, water melon, fresh

Macon Villages 2014 (Fra) £7.99 rating 88
Open fruity green apple nose, fresh acidity, very well made, extremely well priced
Falanghina, Beneventano, Sassi del Mare 2015 (Ita) £7.99 rating 89
Lovely white flower nose, easy drinker, fresh and light, super wine
Vacqueyras, Rhone (Fra) £7.99 rating 89
Big balck fruit compote nose, intense and concentrated, earth and blackberry
Pomerol, Clos Sainte Anne 2013 Bordeaux £14.99 rating 90
Soft cedar and cherry, spice palate, pepper and cardamom, easy tannins, classy
Bolgheri, Medici Riccardi 2013 £14.99 rating 89
Black cherry nose, full body, a very foody wine, lovely integrated tannins
Amarone della Valpolicella, Corte Allodola 2012 £12.49 rating 91
Very generous and classy wine, intense black fruit, oak, smoke, complex
Reserva Privado Cabernet Sauvignon, Cimaosa (Chi) £5.49 rating 89
Big oak and plum nose, vanilla and forward fruit palate, fantastic value
Franciacorta Brut £8.99 rating 89
Fresh floral nose, soft mousse, easy drinking, great value fizz with character
Cava Gran Cuvee, Amorany £7.49 rating 89
Cava's coming back into fashion and this is why, good quality, moderate acidity
Champagne Millesime, A De Senneval £15.99 rating 91
Lovely apple and fresh bread nose, lovely mouthwatering acidity, depth
Monbazillac 2015 (Fra) £7.99 rating 90
Lovely lemon peel note and bags of sweetness, good balancing acidity
Maury, Languedoc Rousillion £6.99 rating 89
Lovely deep complex nose, earthy, good sweetness, lovely with dark chocolate
Trokenbbrenauslese, Pfalz, Germany £7.99 rating 90
Lovely fresh and light, aromatic, lush sweetness, zippy fresh acidity, balanced
Dulce Anejo, Carpe Diem, Malaga £6.99 rating 91
Lovely Madeirised wine, chocolate, grape, fruit, sweetness, complex and lovely
Colheita Port 1997 £14.99 rating 91
Extremely good value, classy NV Port, intense ripe black fruit, integrated tannins
Pedro Ximinez Sherry £5.99 rating 92
Really well made PX, intense grape juice, good alcohol, deeply sweet


Available from 2nd June 2016
Cremant D'Alsace Balnc de Blance Riesling Brut £7.99 rating 89
Floral and aromatic fizz, really interesting, elevated wine
Clairette de Die (Fra) £6.99 rating 90
Lovely open peachy nose, great value fizz, fab stuff for summer parties
Bordeaux Reserve, Grand Desir 2014 (Fra) £5.49 rating 88
Simple, affordable white, zippy acidity, good summer house white, great value
Chardonnay, Val de Salis  (Fra) £5.99 rating 90
Green apple freshness, crisp pure fruit, very decent drop
Alsace Pinot Blanc £5.99 rating 90
Floral, orange blossom, citrus hit on palate, very pleasing
Barbera D'Asti Superiore £5.99 rating 92
Complex cassis and cherry, bold fruit, open, black fruit, top stuff
Ribera del Duero Crianza, Altos de Tomaron 2013 (Por) £5.99 rating 90
Spice, pepper and cinamon, tobacco,good easy oak, lots of wine for the money
Rioja, Conde de Altava 2010 £5.99 rating 90
Lovely development on the nose, leather and farmyard, very well made
Komam, Szekszard, Eszterbauer (Hun) £5.99 rating 92
Pleasing full on red, easy tannins, layered and complex palate, classy






Available from 21 April 2016
Grillo Terre Sicilliane (Ita) £4.79 rating 89
Light fresh green fruit, zippy acidity, good spring house white, great value
Juhfark, Solmo, Tornai  (Hun) £5.99 rating 90
Lovely hit of fresh lemon and sherbet, light, easy, citrus, really interesting
Alsace Gewrtztraminer, JP Muller 2014 £7.99 rating 90
Elegant floral nose, aromatic and balanced, just enough sweetness, beautiful
Bourgogne Recolte (Fra) £7.99 rating 89
Grass and green apple nose, lemon peel palate, some minerality, good
Cotes du Rhone Domaines Pierre Chavin £6.99 rating 89
Hit of perfume on nose, good balanced fresh palate, floral and fruity
Cotes du Rhone Rosé (Fra) £5.49 rating 89
Good cherry nose,light fresh wine, easy drinking house rosé
Comté Tolosan Rosé, Bel Elyre (Fra) £4.99 rating 89
Lovely wine, fresh and ripe red fruit, just as good as it needs to be

Crozes Hermitage, Font du Mirail 2012 £7.99 rating 89
Black berry and spice, cinamon and black pepper, good Crozes at the price
Cahors, Domaine du Clos Mirador 2013 (Fra) £5.99 rating 89
Green pepper nose, spice, cedar, black pepper anfd forward bramble
Monbazillac Domaine de la Maletie 2013 (Fra) £7.99 rating 90
Lovely lemon peel note and bags of sweetness, good balancing acidity


Available from 3rd March 2016
Chardonnay, Neszmely (Hun) 2014 £5.49 rating 90
Green apple, unoaked, good expression of grape
Alsace Riesling Ernest Wein (Fra) £5.99 rating 89
Floral, white blossom nose, bags of fruit, quite grapey, water melon, fresh

Clare Valley Riesling, Axis 2015 (Aus) £5.99 rating 89
Orange blossom nose, dry and zesty, lots of floral character, great value
Chenin Blanc-Viognier-Rousanne, La Meridionale Western Cape (SA) £5.49 rating 90
Lovely green fruit, apple and pear toward tropical, nice fuller body, classy

Lagrein, Alto Adige 2014 (Ita) £7.99 rating 89
Deep black fruit nose, full body, very well made, needs food
Villanyi Cuvee, Polgar Therapia (Hun) £6.99 rating 91
Big oak and blackberry nose, lovely easy tannins, balance and depth
Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, Chateau de Jean de Gue 2012 £14.99 rating 91
Black pepper and bramble nose, cedar and pencil box, well made Bordeaux
Darling, Basson Shiraz (SA) £5.99 rating 90
Tobacco and black fruit, more syrah than shiraz, good body, lovely wine
Grenache-Mouverdre-Tannat, La Meridionale (SA) £5.49 rating 92
Well made, black fruit, intense almost jammy, integrated tannins lovely and intriguing
Bodega Toneles 22 Malbec, (Arg) £5.99rating 90
Good pure malbec, full on black fruit, full body, hint of smoke and oak
Broadwoods Folly English Rosé (Eng) £7.99 rating 90
Cherry and raspberry, good dry, fruity, well made, excellent
Kekfrankos Merlot Rosé, Egri, Varsanyi (Hun) £5.49 rating 89
Hint of blueberry, dry and fresh, easy drinker, light and fresh
Broadwoods Folly, English Sparkling Wine £14.99 rating 91
Generous hedgerow nose, soft creamy mousse, dry and fresh, nettles
Cremand de Limoux, Sieur d'Arques NV (Fra) £6.99 rating 89
Light green apple, lemon peel, fresh, fantastic value fizz
Bissinger Champagne Premier Cru Brut NV(Fra) £15.99 rating 90
Lovely yeasty, brioche, autolytic nose, easy on palate, complexity, bargain