Following the very successful wine tasting hosted by Lidl's master of Wine - Richard Bampfield, we get his personal updates on what is good at Lidl! The latest is:


 

Just in case your wine stocks are running low, this is a quick note to let you know that another new wine selection hits the Lidl shelves on May 24th……..and these are my highlights:
 
Sparkling
Crémant de Bordeaux Brut - £7.99 - A rare sparkler from Bordeaux - and this suggests maybe they should try it more often. Flavoursome and refreshing. 
Forget Me Not Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Slovenia - £9.99 - Really very good, refined sparkler from an unlikely source. Like a very classy, fine, sparkling elderflower……with alcohol, of course!
Broadwood’s Folly English Sparkling Wine - £14.99 - Good value for an English sparkling wine, plenty of flavour, well worth a try. 
Amorany Cava Gran Cuvée Brut - £7.99 - If you thought Cava was a bit dull, this will change your mind. Excellent flavour and quality at the price. 
 
White
Chardonnay Les Aubrières 2016 - £5.99 - Crisp, fresh, easy-drinking, unoaked Chardonnay - ideal summer drinking. 
Le Héron Gros Manseng 2017 - £5.99 - Beautiful, medium-sweet white from Gascony - lovely chilled as an aperitif with savoury canapés. 
 
Rosé
Languedoc Rosé 2017 - £5.49 - Fashionably pale, light, dry - delicately flavoured, easy-drinking. 
Tavel Rosé Les Gourmandises 2016 - £6.99 - Serious, deeper coloured, dry rosé in the “gastronomic” style - meaning best drunk with food, particularly poached salmon and charcuterie. 
 
Red
Clostre Brunel Saint-Chinian 2016 - £5.99 - Nicely balanced southern French, dry red - easy-drinking, not too heavy. 
Cellier de Monterail Beaumes de Venise 2016 - £7.99 - Decent, flavoursome red from the Rhône Valley
Entre Quintas Douro Reserva 2016 - £6.99 - At present, the oak influence is a little dominant but I think this will become a really impressive, full-bodied red over the next 12 months or so. 
Marco Tempranillo Australia 2016 - £7.99 - Subtle is not a word I use a lot when describing Australian wines, but this is a classy, dry example of Spain’s favourite red grape. 
 
Happy drinking!
Richard
 

 

Richard Bampfield MW

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