With Susy Atkins
There’s a lot to love about these new-season wines
Amid the flurry of the autumn press tastings, the Co-op’s stood out as one of the best. I’ve long been a fan of this wine range – not every single bottle, but overall it’s a happy hunting ground for decent bargains at most price points. There’s probably a branch near all of us (though bear in mind not every wine is in every store).
For starters (and aperitifs), the Co-op house champagne, Les Pionniers NV, remains a serious contender for best under-£20 champers on the high street. This time my tasting note read, ‘Young, lively, with toast and light biscuit, citrus fresh.’ Buy quickly, as it has £1 off at £17.99 until 30 October.
An impressive French selection all round includes the mulberry-ish, soft claret Château Jouanin 2014, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, £9; and the lighter, lively party red Tour d’Autan 2017 Corbières, £7, as well as the appealing viognier I’ve tipped below.
From Italy I loved the pear-scented, lively and fresh Irresistible Gavi Broglia 2017, £8.50, and the compelling, complex Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2013, £12, ripe with juicy redcurrants and raspberries.
And if you’re after a stylish, cool label (with delicious wine inside), plump for the hip Spanish white RAW 2017, £8, a lime-streaked, apple-fresh white that’s both organic and vegan-friendly, or the red below.
Finally, the Aussies at the Co-op are on fine form, not least with the well-structured big beast Vandenberg Melee 2017, £10, a coffee-tinged, black-fruited blend from the Limestone Coast, and the sublime chardonnay below.