Three French Wines
French wines are, by and large, very good. At the same time you expect to spend a couple of euros extra per bottle for the flag. This isn’t a problem for fancy wines, the kind you bring as a gift, but it does mean that for a mid week dinner at home you look elsewhere in Europe.
Aldi are currently stocking a ‘French Discovery’ range, where everything costs between €7.99 and €9.99. This could be a great bargain, or it could be awful. I tried three to see what it was like.
The Jean Claude Mas Classic Grenache Noir 2016 is 8€.99. It’s a picnic red. Light but flavoursome and perfectly good value. A handy one for people who aren’t used to the stronger European flavours.
At €7.99 there’s the 2015 Fitou. Or “Fit You”, as they’re calling it for some reason. This is my favourite of the three. Sunday dinner wine. A nice big roast will set this off perfectly. Big and bold flavours that can hold their own against a heavy meal.
And then there’s the Ventoux 2016. Or ‘Want-To’ as they’re calling it. That’s almost a pun, and it’s as good a gag as the wine deserves. It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just an eight euro bottle of wine that they’re charging eight euros for. If you’ve got a book club on and your wondering what to open third you can’t go wrong with this. If it’s any earlier in the evening stick with the Fitou.
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Picnic wine. What a great description.