Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

Waitrose Tasting

90

2016 Les Nivières, Saumur, Loire Valley

£9.49 down to £7.99, 12.5%, Waitrose

I often prefer unblended Cabernet Franc to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially at this end of the market. This unoaked, tufa limestone-sourced example from Saumur has long been one of my favourite supermarket tipples. Perfumed, encticing and grassy, with fine-boned tannins, refreshing acidity and gratiflyingly low alcohol. 

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89

2011 João Portugal Ramos F'Oz, Alentejo

£9.99, 14%, Waitrose

The Alentejo is becoming more and more impressive with each vintage as a source of southern Portugal's best red wines. This great value, under-a-tenner blend of Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Castelão is a case in point. It's aromatic and refreshing, with no sign of sun-baked, raisiny flavours, fine tannins, notes of chocolate, black cherry and plum and a firm, but well balanced finish. 

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