Classics on a Budget
The world of classic wine really belongs to France, with the Champagne and Bordeaux regions worthy of high praise – and lofty price tags. Supermarket own-label bottles can save you money, or try wine from vineyards close to famous names – Haut Poitou Sauvignon Blanc instead of Sancerre, for instance. Pick from France’s other gems, such as Beaujolais or the Rhône for reds, and your cash soars even further.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
Pierre Sauvion Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (12.5%), £8.99, Majestic. Zingy and resonant as a white currant trapped in a whistle.
M&S Classics Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV (12%), £10. Fizz of my dreams. Aged in the bottle for 18 months, this pristine peach of a wine rivals good Champagne.
Cap Royal Bordeaux Supérieur 2019 (13.5%), £10, Tesco. Scented and earthy as truffles, this savoury classic is a steal with a roast or nibble of cheddar.
Le Verdier Cairanne 2019 (14.5%), £10, Morrisons. This is bold and silky, fragrant, robust and warming. Think budget Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Chiroubles La Scandaleuse, Domaine Métrat 2019 (13%), £12.50, thewinesociety.com. Perfumed as a rose, light yet textural. A future classic.