The Lidl French wine sale starts on the 12th September. As usual, quantities are limited, so some will sell through fairly quickly. There are, I think, fewer wines this year, but the overall quality was pretty good with some impressive wines. As in previous years, Bordeaux features strongly with a nice range of wines at around €10.
Prices are indicative and will be confirmed closer to the event. Today, I review my favourite white wines, to be followed by the reds next week.
Ernest Wein Riesling 2015, Alsace (around €10)
Very recognisably Riesling with plump apple fruits, a little residual sugar, but it works very well. Nice wine.
JP Muller Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Berbieten 2013 (€13-15)
Bigger, richer and riper than the Riesling above, with good mature honeyed fruits, nice concentration and a clean finish. Well-made wine and very good value.
Bestheim Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes 2015, Alsace (€8-9)
A pleasantly herbal nose and palate with decent plump fruit. Perfect sipping wine at a very good price.
Sancerre 2015, Vigne de la Taille aux Buis (€14-16)
I am not usually a fan of cheap Sancerre, but this was an exception. Light crisp and mineral with some elegant green fruits.
Touraine Sauvignon La Chardoise 2015 (around €10)
Looking for an inexpensive sipping Sauvignon? This should do the trick. Light elderflower aromas rich rounded green fruits. Fine at the price. By the way, I am not sure this is the correct picture above – there were two on tasting.
Adrien Marechal Reuilly 2015 (€11-13)
If you haven’t tried a Reuilly before, this is your chance. This small appellation in the Loire valley produces some very good Sauvignon Blanc. This was one of my stars of the tasting, a lovely lightly aromatic wine with concentrated stony green fruits and a crisp dry finish. Lovely wine.