With Susy Atkins

There’s a lot to love about these new-sea­son wines

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - DRINK UP -

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.

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