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TESCO TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY 2018/19


SUMMARY
Tesco have really smartened up their branding, the bottles across the range look great and all the Finest wines have little silver labels on the neck that make them look like medal winners.
Really good, well priced range, particularly strong in the £7 to £9 price bracket across the board, top value fizz and great stuff from Argentina and South Africa. Go to the Tesco website as they have a some great value wines by the case and also a greater availability as not all wines are available in all stores.

Some of the notes here come with thanks to the brilliant Brian Elliott of Midweek Wines.

Buy all of these wines at www.tesco.com/wine



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


Tesco Finest Pecorino Terre de Chieti £7.00 /88+
Lovely light, dry, neutral white, great for parties, frivolous
Finest Barrel Reserve Sauvignon Blanc £9.00 /89
Sauvignon with an added extra, the oak from the barrels adds a lovely texture
Tesco Cotes de Gascoigne Blanc £6.50 /90
Racy acidity, fresh flowers, lime peel and greengage, beauty at a fiver
Tesco Macon Villages Blanc £8.00 /89
Generous green apple chardonnay, good body and lees softness
Tesco Finest Pouilly Fume £13.00 /92
Lovely understated wine, lime and gooseberry, complex, good for Xmas day
Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse £17.00 /91
Classy burgundy, classy apple and lime, good oak, lots of oak, lovely
Finest Gavi £8.00 /89
Citrus and green grass nose, fresh acidity, a real bargain
Finest Saint Mont £6.00 /90
Lovely light green and frsh nose, green apple and grass, zippy acidity, great value
Finest Soave Superiore Classico £7.00 /91
Open nose, floral and mineral, good peach hit on palate
Finest Gaillac Perle £7.00 /89
A perfect seafood wine, chalky minerality and a hit of citrus freshness
Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc £5.00 /89
Classy looking bottle, good wine, standard, good fruit elements, party wine
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay £9.00 /91
Classy oak driven Aussie chardonnay, depth and complexity, very well priced
Wairu Cove Pinot Grigio £7.00 /89
Lovely pinot gris style, some body, full vibrant well made
Tesco Fiano  £5.50 /89
Floral aromatic nose, citrus blossom, fresh acidity and tropical fruit palate
Finest Sancerre £13.00/89
Understated sauvignon nose, hints of struck flint and gooseberry

Coteaux D'Aix en Provence Rosé £6.75 rating 90
A proper cut above, dlicate red berry and citrus, very pretty bottle
Finest Sancerre Rosé
£11.00/89
Fruity nose and palate, dry, really well made, great value

Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir
£16.00 /91
Properly classy pinot, not cheap, but with this wine you get what you pay for
La Liviniere Minervois £7.50 rating 90
Deep and rewarding wine, bramble, spice and pepper, great with food, top stuff
Finest Carmenere £9.00/89
Ripe cherry and redcurrant, spicy cinnamon, szechuan pepper
Finest St. Emillion Grand Cru £16.00 /92
Balck cherry nose, earthy, pencil box, soft approachable tannins, ripe black fruit
Finest Saint Chinian £7.50 /89
Full on intense black fruit, black cherry, black berry, pepper and spice
Finest Rioja Reserva £8.50 /90
Spice and oak, medicine cabinet and forward black fruit, good Rioja
Tesco Chilean Merlot £4.25 /89
Nice black pepper and oak, soft and velvety merlot, miraculous price
Tesco Nero D'Avola £5.00 /90
Good food wine, big fruit, lovely use of oak, rich, bold tannins
Tesco Chianti £5.00 /90
Ripe black fruit, primary, easy to drink, light spice and black pepper, delight at a fiver
Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 £8.50 /90
Floral and spicy nose, good fruit driven wine, would love lamb and mint sauce
Finest Montepulciano D' Abruzzo £7.00 /89
Sound black fruit and tobacco nose, tarry and dark, intense
Finest Hawkes Bay Syrah £9.00 /90
Austre nose, lovely earthy black pepper, touch of violet and vanilla
Tim Adams Shiraz £9.00 /91
Eucalyptus nose, big old Aussie shiraz, black currant, hot and powerful, mouthwatering
Tesco Beajolais Villages £7.00/88
Lovely ripe blueberry nose, soft tannin, red cherry, summer wine chilled
Finest Pignoletto NV £8.50/88
Good light fresh fizz, hint of sweetness but no so you’d notice, lovely drop
Finest Blanquette de Limoux 1531 £7.00 /90
Lovely apple and grass nose, good body and mousse, creamy with a hint of sweetness
Finest Premier Cru Champagne £19.00 /90
Good bready, yeasty nose, over ripe green apple palate, complex, bargain
Finest Vintage Cava Brut 2014 £9.00 /90
Cava is back! Beautiful depth and yeasty complexity to this, great fizz at the price


Sweet/Fortified

Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 £10.50 /91
Lovely open ripe black fruit nose, deep and complex, a bargain at £10
Finest 10 Year Old Tawny Port £12.00 /90
Good tawny look, lovely jammy wine, good deep ripe plum, top stuff



Try also the Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur and the basic Tesco IPA and Ruby ales are great value and really hit the mark in terms of style.











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