I shouldn’t be surprised by Aldi

Philippe Michel Cremant de Jura 2011
Philippe Michel Cremant de Jura 2011
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I spent Sunday morning tasting my way through a selection of wines from Aldi and I have to be honest there were some wines that really delivered.

Should I be surprised? No not really, we have seen recently that in the supermarket high street wars, it is Waitrose and the two discounters Aldi and Lidl who are currently taking the spoils, so they must be doing something right.

Andara Merlot 2013, Chile (Aldi £3.99) features simple supple red fruit but at the price amazingly it works – serve with tomato pasta.

Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2013, Exquisite Collection (Aldi £5.99) is Australian un-oaked Chardonnay with notes of pineapple and a ripe, full-bodied almost creamy mouth feel. This is another bargain and would work with some fish in a cream sauce for a great midweek supper.

Philippe Michel Cremant de Jura 2011

Made from 100 per cent Chardonnay using the same method as Champagne, this is staggering wine for the price, wonderfully fresh, full of crisp apple fruit with some real depth of flavour and a zesty finish. This would be absolutely brilliant with fish and chips. Definitely worth stocking up with a few bottles for the arrival of spring.

Aldi, £6.99