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A Trio Of Reds From Lidl Of All Spots

Nicely, it is been a day of contrasts so far…. just as I was seeking into these wine samples from Lidl an invite to the inaugural Fortnum & Mason meals and drink awards dropped via the letter box.

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I will confess that Lidl wouldn’;t be my very first port of get in touch with when searching to stock up on wines. I really employ something of an embargo when it comes to buying wines from supermarkets, save for an odd trip to Waitrose. I believe this is partly due to an component of snobbery on my component mixed with a suspicion that plenty of supermarket wines are made to hit a specific cost stage and not to satisfy the winemaker’;s passion for winemaking. Even so, as a wine blogger it is no use just blogging about niche wines from your favourite indie wine merchants that most of your readers will by no means come across, therefore I was happy to accept these samples from Lidl.

The reds I was sent were the Fleurie 2011, the Saxa Loquuntur Rioja 2010 and the Chianti Riserva 2009. Plainly Lidl are committed to having the classics covered in their assortment and while I didn’;t sample something past these 3 they also have a St Emilion, CdP and a Medoc in the selection. Like I say, the fundamentals are covered! A excellent thing about these wines of program (ignoring the real quality for a minute) is that they permit a newcomer to wine to discover different wine styles at low cost in buy to uncover his or her preference.


First up the was the Fleurie at a price of only £6.49. I should really declare at this level that the wines of Beaujolais do quite small for me and I will not have a tendency to get particularly excited about them. This though is not bad at all. There is a slight spice to the light raspberry notes and it truly is a very moreish wine. The finish isn’;t specifically prolonged but as a summer time glugger this is quite respectable.

Next up was the Chianti at a retail price tag of £5.99. The nose is immediately impressive with sweet red fruit notes leaping from the glass. The wine has a slightly sweet initial character with the anticipated red fruit notes and a somewhat herbal finish. I like the soft texture and its acidity is just what you want to reduce by means of foods. I only want Lidl had sent me a pack of salami to go with this…… A pretty respectable wine all round although possibly lacking somewhat in impact.

I completed with the 2010 Rioja which will set you back the princely sum of £6.99. This is a actually fruity smile inducing wine! I like the really lively strawberry and raspberry notes and the freshness of the wine. This is really refreshing for a red and notably drinkable. The oak notes are subtle but pleasant. This is my select of the bunch.

While I’;m unlikely to be producing Lidl my wine merchant of decision I’;ve been impressed with the high quality of these 3 wines. Not only are they great for establishing an awareness of the simple important wines they are also excellent party fodder exactly where worth is essential and people just want some thing exciting to drink.

With 4 Masters of Wine (like Richard Bampfield) assisting to form the Lidl variety they are clearly a retailer to view for good wine on a spending budget….

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