Discount supermarkets might be more associated with bulk loo roll and multi packs of biscuits, but they are quietly developing very acceptable wine ranges too. 

Called the ‘Aldi effect’, cash strapped middle class shoppers are embracing the efforts of the buyers to offer good quality wines at the keen prices their low overheads allow. 

Aldi’s recent press tasting showed some exceptionally good wines and bargain priced bottles. Recommendations included:

The Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon, France, £4.99. The Loire has long been a trade secret for well made, racy, fresh whites. If you love the blackcurrant and nettle leaf Sauvignon flavours but have tired of the blowsy ‘new world’ style of late, try this. Amazing value. 

Charles Mignon Champagne, Grand Cru NV, France, £22.99. In the £20-£25 Champagne price band there’s a lot of choice. For special occasions you want one that delivers classic, rich, brioche character with mouth-filling weight and finesse. The classy, attractive label is a plus. Perfect for Easter lunch.

Chablis Premier Cru, 2011, France, £8.99. Make it your mission to convert ABC (anything but Chardonnay) sceptics by giving them a lesson on white Burgundy and this rounded, lipsmacking wine. One of the best Chablis under £10 and great with fish, pastry and vegetable risottos. 

Toro Loco Rosé, 2011, Spain, £3.59. It’s virtually impossible to sell a drinkable wine for under £4 in the UK. This is one exception. Made from ‘rustic’ Bobal, this is a light, fruity, dry pink from up and coming Utiel-Requena. A fridge door aperitif whilst chatting and making supper. 

To find your local Aldi store and see current wine offers, visit the website.

(photo – Frank 3.0 / Flickr Creative Commons)

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