THE DRINKER
EAT - DRINK - BE MERRY
MARKS AND SPENCER TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY 2020


SUMMARY
They've really upped their game in terms of the sub £10 wines, a very impressive line upindeed. 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 Champagnes by Delacourt are all excellent and great value across the range and llok out for their two bottle pouches.

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
Bourgogne Chardonnay - White Burgundy                    £9.00 /91
Fresh green apple nose, beautifully judged oak, lime and vanilla
Grillo                                                                                          £7.00 /89
Zesty lime dominates, perfectly made, light and easy
Candelila Albarino                                                                 £9.00 /89
Really interesting nose, fresh apple and peach, good fresh acidity
Burra Brook Chardonnay                                                   £7.00 /90
Really nicely made, bags of apple character, easy touch of oak
Burra Brook Pinot Grigio (AUS)                                          £7.00 /89
Proper crowd pleaser, balanced and clean, would suit prawn tempura
Sumika Sauvignon Blanc (SA)                                           £7.50 /89
Lovely grassy nose, touch of hedgerow and gooseberry, bargain
Ken Forrester Workhorse Chenin Blanc (SA)                 £8.00 /90
Beautiful omplex nose, pear and honey, tropical fruit palate, smashing
Mayne de Beauregard Bergerac White                             £7.00 /89
Light gooseberry nose, fresh and clean sauvignon blanc, perfect party fare
Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde (Por)                                    £7.00/88
Light fresh spritz, dry, hint of minerality, seltz, very refreshing
Craft 3 Chenin Blanc                                                              £10.00 /90
Stone fruit dominates, peach, nectarine, touch of pear, really well made wine
Barossa Valley Chardonnay                                                £8.50/ 90
Tropical melon nose, really good example of Aussie chardonnay, full bodied
Gavi Quadro Sei
(ITA)                                                              £8.50 /89
Lime peel, citrus zest, good body and acidity, lovely forward fruit
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

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
Great Southern Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon     £9.00 91
It's Bordeaux without the pain, beautifully precise fruit notes, soft tannin
Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (SA)                   £9.00 /91
Lovely savoury smoky nose, deep and intense black fruit, classy BBQ wine
Rocca Pagliara Appassimento
(ITA)                                    £9.00 /91
Ripe, intense, concnetrated black fruit, plum and damson, lots of wine for the money
La Fortezza Merlot (Ita)                                                           £7.00/89
Lovely merlot, soft and silky, forward black fruit, bramble and black currant, easy tannins
Jounery's End Kendal Lodge 2016 (SA)                           £8.00 /90
Proper new world Bordeaux style, approachable fruit, complex and deep
Koha Pinot Noir                                                                        £9.00 /89
Light raspberry nose, easy drinking, redcurrant and pepper palate

Terres de Moraines Madiran 2012 (FRA)                           £9.00 /89
Inky, forward black fruit, tar, tannic, big and powerful, spicy, pepper, lovely
Campo Aldea Rioja Graciano (Spa)                                    £9.00 /90
Got a lovely bit of mellow age to it, earthy, spice and sour cherry

Raso de la Cruz Rose                                                             £6.00 /88
Simple wine, lovely red berry scent, raspberry palate, easy drinking
Burra Brook Rose                                                                   £7.00 /88
Ripe red cherry nose, fresh acidity, proper easy drinking party wine
La Dame en Rose                                                                    £6.50 /90
Stylish bottle, wonderful wine, red fruit, white petals, dry, elegant, amazing price
M&S Prestige Cava Rosado                                                 £10.00 /90
Cava's definitely back and this pink 'un is dry with cranberry freshness
La Cave des Hautes Cotes Creamant de Bourgougne  £10.00 /90
Complex nose, peach and yeast, dry, beautiful drop, worth every penny


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                                                           £14.00 /90
Stylish Sancerre, light, fresh and crisp, zesty lime pith, great value
Atlantis Santorini                                                                     £12.00 /90
Beautiful wine, wonderful palate, hints of fruit salad, dry and fresh

El Duque de Miralta Rioja Gran Reserva 2014
                  £12.00/ 91
Balance of earthiness, rich fruit , superbly crafted, earthy, fruity, savoury
Valpolicella Ripasso Cantina Valpantena                        
£11.00 /90
Intense and concentrated, black fruit compote, perfect winter wine
Notte Rossa Primitivo di Manduria                                     £11.00 /92
Black currant nose, warming cassis and oak, light wood smoke
Nicosia Etna Rosso (ITA)                                                       £11.00 /90
Pale, light, easy tannins, lovely fruit, a food wine, great value
Seaglass Santa Barbara Pinot Noir (USA)                        £13.00 /90
Good complex pinot noir, sound redcurrant backbone, vanilla and spice
Houdamond Pinotage 2011 (SA)                                         £13.50 /90
Really well priced pinotage, fruit, structure and heat, spicy black pepper
Baracca and Fassoldi Chianti Reserva (ITA)                     £12.50 /90
Spicy pencil box nose, black pepper, deep inky fruit palate, lovely
Graham Beck The Rhona Brut Rose                                  £11.00 /90
Very stylish wine, creamy berry palate, looks great, the full ticket

Mount Bluff NV (NZ)                                                                 £15.00 /90
Lovely fresh bread yeasty nose, creamy red apple palate, great value


Over £15

Pouilly Fume Mathide de Favray                                       £17.00 /90
Very classy wine, worth every penny, full body, lovely lees development, v.v. good

Villalta Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico (ITA)        £52 magnum, £26 bottle /91
Rich ripe generous fruit, full body, complex, deep, beautiful warming winter wine
Champagne Delacourt Brut NV                                               £30.00 /90
Really great value Champagne, warming, full and elegant
Champagne Delacourt Vintage Brut 2004                            £27.00 /93
Really grown up stuff, sophisticated, expressive, wonderfully yeasty
Delaciourt Rose NV
(FRA)                                                         £27.00 /90
Lovely ripe light red fruit, great balance and poise