THE DRINKER
EAT - DRINK - BE MERRY
MARKS AND SPENCER TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY 2021/22


SUMMARY
They've really upped their game in terms of the sub £10 wines, a very impressive line up indeed. Very good in the £15 plus bracket, (particulalry Burgundy) and at the top end, also some great buys from Chile and Argentina, the Aussie whites did particularly well but the real stars are the whites from Burgundy, whoever is buying this is doing a proper job. The overall scoring for M & S is very high as you’d expect.

The new Classics and Found ranges are wines to particularly look out for, while they don't hit the spot with every wine there are many more hits than misses and offer tremendous value.

Please note that not all wines are available in all stores and the prices are as correct as I could get them (some prices may be the on-line case or offer price).

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


Up to £10
Gold Label Sauvignon Blanc (Fra)                                     £7.00 /90
Light in sauvignon character, subtle, gooseberry and greengage, party wine
Burra Brook Chardonnay £7.00 /89
Lovely well made chardonnay, peach and white blossom, well judged use of oak
Great Southern Smillon/Sauvignon £9.00 /90
Green lime nose, floral meadow, dry and crisp, beautiful
Classics No.3 Gavi (ITA)                                                        £8.00 /89
Lime peel, citrus zest, good body and acidity, lovely forward fruit
Classics No.10 Barossa Chardonnay                              £9.00 /90
Really nicely made, bags of apple character, easy touch of oak
Classics No.5 Workhorse Chenin Blanc (SA)                 £8.00 /90
Beautiful complex nose, pear and honey, tropical fruit palate, smashing
Vinalta Chardonnay (ARG) Offer Price                                 £9.00 /91
Full on intense chardonnay nose, burnt butter and petrol, really great value
Lock Keeper's Reserve Chardonnay (AUS)                     £9.00 /89
Tropical fruit chardonnay, melon and lychee, good body, well made
M&S Found Gros Manseng                                                   £9.00 /90
Bursting with green fruit, lemon peel, elderflower, expressive
M&S Found Ribolla Gialla                                                     £7.00 /89
Summer Party wine, refreshing, easy fruit ad acidity, super pretty wine
M&S Found Grenache Blanc £8.00 /90
Lovely peach  nose  and some interesting herbal notes on the palate

Burra Brook Merlot                                                                  £7.00 /89
Solid merlot, lovley ripe black fruit, brambles, very well priced
Burra Brook Cabernet Sauvignon                                        £7.00 /90
Good looking bottle, cracking BBQ wine, big fruit, hint of woodsmoke
Jounery's End Kendal Lodge 2016 (SA)                           £9.00 /90
Proper new world Bordeaux style, approachable fruit, complex and deep
The Coppersmith Pinot Noir £9.00 /90
Beautiful, light and subtle wine, red currant and forest floor
Classics No.15 Pinotage
2011 (SA)                                     £8.00 /90
Really well priced pinotage, fruit, structure and heat, spicy black pepper
Classics No. 29 Malbec (Arg)                                                 £8.00 /89
Beautiful deep fruit forward wine, big tannic structure to balance, wonderful
Classics No. 21 Rioja Reserva (Spa)                                    £9.00 /90
Got a lovely bit of mellow age to it, earthy, spice and sour cherry
Classics California Zinfandel £8.00 /91
Plum, tar, spice, cedar, great stuff, lots of wine for the money
Classics Carmenere £8.00 /90
Fruit forward, really drinkable wine, some interesting spice on the finish
M&S Found Mazuelo                                                               £8.50 /89
Lovely earthy black cherry nose, fruit driven, easy tannins, will do well with BBQ
M&S Found Cabernet Franc                                                 £10.00 /90
Gently hint of wood-smoke, bramble and spice dominate, classy
La Cascata Passivento £9.00 /91
Seriously big, full on wine, full body, untense fruit, high alcohol - I love it!
Star Catcher No Added Sulphur Organic Shiraz £7.50 /90
Full, ripe and rich, fruit and oak in ahrmony, vanilla and plum

Classics No.22 Rosé Cotes du Provence                          £8.00 /88
Ripe crushed redcurrant nose, fresh acidity, proper easy drinking party wine
M&S Found Vinho Verde Rosé                                            £7.00 /89
Lovely raspberry scented vinho verde, dry, low-ish alcohol with a refreshing spritz
La Dame en Rosé                                                                    £6.00 /90
Stylish bottle, wonderful wine, red fruit, white petals, dry, elegant, amazing price
Colle del Principe Pinot Grigio Blush £7.00 /88
Raspberry nose, touch of apricot and tropical fruit on palate, very pretty

M&S Found Blanquette de Limoux                                      £10.00 /89
Toasty nose, green apple palate, super value garden party fizz
Cava Prestige Brut £10.00/89
Properly made Cava, good crisp bramley apple nose, persistent mousse, keeps on giving
Classics Prosecco £8.00 /88
Lovely peach and talc nose, lifted prosecco, very well priced
Cremant de Bordeaux, Etoille de Timberlay £9.00 /90
Complex toasty nose, full on green apple palate, amazing price - fantastic rose version too!


Up to £15

Florent Rouve Vire-Clesse Vielles Vignes (FRA)            £14.00 /90
Soft oak, green apple, really well balanced acidity, beautifully made
Sancerre Les Ruettes                                                           £15.00 /90
Stylish Sancerre, light, fresh and crisp, zesty lime pith, great value

El Duque de Miralta Rioja Gran Reserva        
                  £15.00/ 91
Balance of earthiness, rich fruit , superbly crafted, earthy, fruity, savoury
Matetic Estela Lunar Pinot Noir £12.00 /91
Great looking bottle, lovely rescurrant nose, spicey depth and complexity
Ebonezer and Seppeltsfield Shiraz                                   £14.00/ 91
Big and full, very generous wine, bold fruit supporting tannin, high alcohol - WOW!
Graham Beck 'the Rhona' Brut £13.00 /90
First bloody class - smashing wine, very very good.



Over £15

Valpantena Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico (ITA)        £18.00 /91
Rich ripe generous fruit, full body, complex, deep, beautiful warming winter wine
Champagne Delacourt Brut NV                                            £20.00 /90
Really great value Champagne, warming, full and elegant
Delaciourt Rose NV
(FRA)                                                      £22.00 /90
Lovely ripe light red fruit, great balance and poise
Balfour 1503 Oast House English Sparkling                   £20.00 /90
Lovely fresh bread yeasty nose, creamy red apple palate, great value