Aldi held their summer wine tasting recently in the Cliff House – a lovely venue for a tasting. As usual at the Aldi event, some decent wines and jaw-dropping prices. As argued here before, these days wine producers can make large quantities of inoffensive, largely off-dry white and red wines at incredibly cheap prices. But don’t expect too much in the way of excitement. There were some nice wines here, but they were usually up at the €13 a bottle level – and at that price, the other supermarkets and some independents can compete quite successfully.
This has featured many times before; it is still one of the best-value bottles of fizz in Ireland. Crisp green apple fruits, very gluggable and streets ahead of most Prosecco in my book.
Exquisite Collection Blanquette de Limoux
Slightly unusual nose (possibly the Mauzac) with some elderflowers; a very pleasant light fruity bottle of fizz. Made by Jean Claude Mas, as were a number of French wines at the tasting.
Exquisite Collection Rías Baixas Albariño 2015
Good ripe, off-dry pear fruits, with plenty of zesty acidity and some length too. Well-made wine.
A very nice medium-dry wine with lots of acidity, genuine Chenin Blanc fruits – pears and quince, with a touch of honey.
Exquisite Collection Riesling 2015, Clare valley, Australia
Exquisite Collection Ch. Latour Laguens, Bordeaux
I forgot to write the vintage down for this wine; it is a good clean Bordeaux with nice warm fruit and a rounded finish. Good value for €9.99
Ch. de Caussagues, Corbières
Amazing price. Light sweet jammy fruit. An option for those on a very tight budget.
Toro Loco Bobal Merlot 2014, Spain
The cheapest wine at the tasting I think, but not the worst. Light easy juicy fruits with a sweetish finish.
Lot 12 Anjou Chenin Blanc 2012
I have written about this wine before, from Ch. de Fesles, one of the posher Chateaux of the Loire. Very crisp and dry, in fact razor sharp, with lightly honeyed green fruits and a bone dry finish. Good wine.
Lot 14 Minervois La Livinière 2014
Fragrant, elegant wine with warm plum fruits and some spice. Well-made fairly-priced wine.
Good rich savoury fruits, with light tannins. Nice wine with plenty of stuffing; with red meats.