Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

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2013 Philippe Michel Chardonnay, Crémant du Jura, Jura

£7.49, 12%, Aldi

Consistently among the best value whites in the Aldi range (and that's a high bar to clear), this Jura fizz is frothy and tangy, showing notes of pear tart, a hint of brioche and the structure and acidity you expect from cool climate Chardonnay. 

 

 
 

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2010 Minarete , Ribera del Duero

£5.49, 13.5%, Aldi

This wine was a hit when I recommended it on Saturday Ktichen recently, so I thought I'd give it another outing. It's impressive value at just over a fiver and works really well with lamb dishes. The Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) in Ribera is fresher than in Rioja because it's grown at altitude, and that's the case here: fine tannins, bright red fruits and good balance. 

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2009 Château Dasvin-Bel-Air, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

£9.99, 14%, Aldi

There are some surprisingly good wines at this increasingly popular discount chain, particularly at Christmas. This Bordeaux cru bourgeois from a celebrated recent vintage is a case in point. It's a light, elegant, easy-drinking claret with fine tannins, good freshness and plenty of juicy cassis and green pepper notes. A red that really delivers at the price. 

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