Tesco’s last press tasting included a few wines from the Languedoc.
2011 finest Blanquette de Limoux. - £9.99
This comes from the Sieur d’Arques in Limoux. 90% Mauzac with 5% each of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Fresh lemony nose, with a touch of honey, and a rounded, honeyed palate, with good acidity. A refreshing glass of bubbles
2012 finest Picpoul de Pinet. - £7.99
From the Pomérols coop. I found it quite soft and creamy, rather than salty, with a slightly bitter finish.
2011 finest Limoux Chardonnay - £8.99
Also from the Sieur d’Arque coop. Lightly buttery on nose and palate. A nicely rounded palate, with some elegantly buttery fruit.
Tesco French Red, Vin de France - £3.75
Comes from les Grands Chais de France. A blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 25% Merlot. Rounded nose with dry tannins and some fruit on the palate. Basic, but honest good value drinking. And for 4p more they have a Vineyards Côtes du Rhône, with some ripe spicy fruit. This is brilliant value.
2012 Lucien Marcel Pays de l’Hérault - £5.99
Also from Grands Chais de France. 80% Carignan and 20% Grenache Noir. Fresh, ripe fruit. Easy drinking with no pretensions.
£4.49 Tesco Corbières - £4.49
This was a bit stalky and rustic. And too cheap for decent Corbières. You can do better than that, Tesco’s.
2012 Marselan Rare, Pays d’Oc, Petites Ballades - £5.99
Quite rounded supple fruit, on both nose and palate. Easy red berries. Undemanding drinking
2012 Fontenoi Fitou
A blend of 60% Carignan, and 20% each of Grenache and Syrah. Medium colour. Initially a touch stalky, but a certain punch on the palate, with some firm fruit and a steak of tannin. Midweight, and quite rugged. Produced by the coop of Mont Tauch in Tuchan.