Two wines tasted recently, blind. I had the much easier one – is Cabernet Franc the most easily identifiable of the red grapes? This was served lightly chilled and had a clear purple appearance, a ‘damp hay’ nose with soft fruits and some tannin. I guessed Loire which was correct. The wine is a Chinon from the Co-op, Domaine de la Noblaies, around £8. Very drinkable and recommended. (The other wine is in the next post.)
Geoff didn’t taste this one. Another from the Aldi Lot series and one of the best. Gres de Montpelier is a comparatively new (2002) appellation which I don’t recall seeing before. This is a Syrah/Grenache blend, very pure, quite refined, lots of fruit, very drinkable and excellent value at £9.99. I bought two bottles – grabbed one in mistake for another wine as I saw that rare thing in Aldi – an open till with no customers – and they were consistently good.