by Tim Atkin

My pick of Sainsbury’s 25% off wine deal

Sainsbury’s is offering a 25% discount on six bottles of wine until midnight on 1st November, both online and in store. This includes fine wines, Ports and Champagnes. There is also a separate buy four bottles get 10% off deal running alongside the main promotion.

Given that Sainsbury’s wine range is the best it’s been for years, there are some really good deals here. One caveat: if you order online, Sainsbury’s will collect your wines from your nearest store, which may not stock some of the fine wines. (As an aside, I find the website very difficult to navigate.) So if you really want one of the 24 wines I’ve selected, your best bet may be to visit your nearest large store.


2010 Ascheri Gavi di Gavi (£9.99, down to £7.49, 13%)
Reduced from £12.99 (because it’s on a separate fine wine deal), this high altitude Cortese is fresh and tangy with notes of green olive and citrus.
89 points

2010 Taste the Difference Pouilly-Fumé (£12.79 down to £9.59, 13.5%)
André Figeat makes the best Pouily-Fumés on the high street. This is a very classy Sauvignon Blanc with chalky minerality and a taut, bone dry finish.
92 points

2010 Chablis, La Chablisienne (£9.99 down to £7.49, 12%)
From an ever-reliable co-op, this is a delicious unoaked Chardonnay, with some lees contact adding fatness and texture to a fine-boned frame.
90 points

2010 Taste the Difference Alsace Gewurztraminer, Cave de Turckheim (£7.99 down to £5.99, 13.5%)
Another great co-op, but a very different style of wine: off-dry Gewürz with restrained rose petal aromas and flavours of fresh ginger and peach.
89 points

2011 Taste the Difference Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (£5.59 down to £4.49, 13.5%)
Proof that Chile is now a major contender in the Sauvignon world, this smoky, dry, grapefruit and gooseberry-scented white is a total bargain.
88 points

2011 The Ned Pinot Grigio, Marlborough (£9.99 down to £7.49, 14%)
It says Grigio, but this is more of a Pinot Gris style from Kiwi Brent Marris. Soft, attractive and musky with a touch of pear and melon sweetness.
89 points

2011 Taste the Difference Awatere Riesling, Yealands (£8.99 down to £6.74, 11.5%)
The cooler climate of the Awatere Valley produces steelier whites than the rest of Marlborough: tight, refreshing and limey with tangy acidity.
89 points

2006 Taste the Difference Hunter Valley Semillon, McWilliams (£8.99 down to £6.74. 10.5%)
A typically brilliant, value-for-money Hunter Semillon from McWilliams: unoaked, citrus, honeysuckle and toast-like flavours with complex bottle age.
91 points

2010 D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne, McLaren Vale (£8.99 down £6.74, 13%)
Chester Osborn is better known for his reds than his whites, but this apricot and herbal spicy white is excellent value, with subtle oak and a zingy finish.
89 points


2010 Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano, Cantine Maschi (£10.49 down to £7.87, 11%)
This is a great party fizz: balanced, spicy, floral and refreshing, with less sugar than a lot of supermarket examples of Italy’s most popular bubbly.
90 points


2010 Pasico Old Vine Monastrell/Shiraz, Jumilla (£5.99 down to £4.49, 13.5%)
Jumilla is making some of Spain’s best quaffing reds at the moment. This is smoky, plummy and unoaked with attractive pepper spice. Bargain.
88 points

2010 Marquesa de la Cruz, Campo de Borja (£6.99 down to £5.24, 14.5%)
Made by a Scottish Master of Wine no less, this Garnacha-based blend is ripe and unoaked, with sweet bramble and blackberry fruit and fresh acidity.
89 points

2008 Taste the Difference Priorat, Cellers Unió (£9.99 down to £7.49, 14.5%)
It’s hard to find Priorat under £10, let alone £7.50, especially of this quality: savoury, refreshing and tantalisingly oaked with lovely balance.
91 points

2010 Château David Bordeaux Superieur (£6.49 down to £5.24, 13.5%)
Cheap claret is often mean and nasty, but this Merlot-based number is a revelation: supple, grassy, aromatic and unoaked, with fine-grained tannins.
90 points

2010 Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône Villages, Michel Chapoutier (£6.99 down to £5.24, 14%)
Sainsbury’s work with Michel Chapoutier is really paying off. This Grenache-dominated Rhône blend is perfumed and clove spicy with great length.
90 points

2009 Crozes Hermitage, Les Trois Lys, Cave de Tain (£9.99 down to £7.49, 12.5%)
Classic northern Rhône Syrah at a bargain price, this is light, aromatic and spicy, with notes of woodsmoke and grilled meat and crisp acidity.
92 points

2009 Taste the Difference Gigondas, Gabriel Meffre (£12.99 down to £9.74, 14%)
This is as good as many Châteauneufs: rich, savoury and powerful with brown sugar and vanilla sweetness and spicy, herby depth. (Some stores may still be on the 2008, which is less good.)
91 points

2008 Mayu Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley (£9.99 down to £7.49, 14%)
Made by an Italian moonlighting in Chile, this oak-aged Syrah has Rhône like flavours of blackberry, cracked pepper and black olive. One of Chile’s best.
91 points

2010 Viñalba Cabernet/Malbec/Merlot, Mendoza (£9.99 down to £7.49, 14.5%)
Nice to taste an Argentinean blend for once. Richly coloured, smoky and textured with sweet blackcurrant and bramble fruit and smooth tannins.
91 points

2010 Taste the Difference Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Crossroads Winery (£11.99 down to £8.99, 13%)
There isn’t a lot of Syrah in New Zealand, but what’s there is of high quality. This needs some time in bottle, but it’s spicy, peppery and well structured.
90 points

2009 Taste the Difference Barosssa Shiraz, St Hallett (£8.99 down to £6.74, 14.5%)
Essence of Barossa Shiraz and at a very appealing price: broad, ripe and sweetly alcoholic, with toasty US oak and rich blackberry and liquorice fruit.
88 points

2009 Châteauneuf du Pape, La Bernardine, Michel Chapoutier (£24.99 down to £18.74, 15%)
The alcohol here makes this CNDP sound like a blockbuster, but it’s actually very subtle with lovely, spicy perfume, great depth and youthful red and black fruits. The wine will definitely benefit from 3-10 years bottle age.
93 points


Taste the Difference 12-year-old Amontillado, Emilio Lustau (£7.99 down to £5.99 per 50cl, 19%)
Sherry heaven for less than £6! People should be storming the aisles to buy this complex, toasty, savoury, bone dry fortified wine.
93 points

2003 Taste the Difference Vintage Port, Symington Family (£34.99 down to £26.24, 20%)
This would bring a touch of class to the Christmas Stilton: fiery, peppery and intense with notes of blackberry, chocolate and fig and rich, heady aromas. This will develop over the next decade but is delicious now.
92 points



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