On Thursday November 24th, the latest Lidl Wine Cellar promotion began and the wine shelves should still be resplendent with Christmas-oriented fayre.
There are, as ever, a number of good buys but these are the ones Richard thinks will make your Christmas happiest:
Quincy Fief des Pierres Blanches 2015 – £8.99
Sauvignon Blanc from the same area as Sancerre and similar in a lighter style.
Falanghina Sassi del Mare 2015 – £7.99
A new Italian dry white that simply has far more flavour than expected.
Godello Viento de Otono 2015 – £8.99
Lidl have gone big on Spanish dry whites this year and this is another that hits the spot.
Côte de Beaune-Villages Madame Veuve Point 2015 – £9.99
We thought the days of decent red Burgundy at this price were behind us!
Egri Bikaver Titi 2015 – £8.99
Made by one of Hungary’s most illustrious winemakers, Tibor Gal, this is flavoursome, satisfying and moreish.
Rioja Reserva Glorioso 2012 – £9.99
Textbook Reserva Rioja, a definite runner for Christmas day red.
Barolo Riserva 2009 – £12.99
Ludicrous price for a Barolo Riserva, well worth a try if you are unfamiliar with this iconic Italian red.
Franciacorta Brut Borgo Regio – £8.99
Relatively unknown Italian sparkling that has more in common with Champagne than Prosecco.
Champagne Grand Cru Comte de Seneval – £18.99
Top class Champagne, will improve for a year or two yet.
Champagne Bissinger Premium Cuvée – £16.99
And this is the Champagne if you are buying to drink in the next few weeks.
Armilar Tawny Port – £6.49
Just a little bit more exciting than the similarly ridiculously priced Armilar Ruby Port.
Sparkling Tokaji, Hungary – £7.99
Did you even know this style of wine existed? Sweet, fresh and, to us at least, worryingly irresistible.
Trockenbeerenauslese Pfalz 2015 – £7.99 / 37.5cl
Rare and very sweet German white that would be a treat with the mince pies.
Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Ice Wine Pillitteri 2015 – £15.99 / 37.5cl
As if a white Ice Wine from Canada isn’t enough, Lidl now has this one too!
And for the Spirits lovers, don’t miss out on the Glen Alba 22 year old Scotch (£29.99), the Ben Bracken 22 year old Islay Malt (£44.99) and 27 year old Speyside Malt (£49.99), and the Hortus London Gin and Sloe Gins.
And just a reminder that, if you do find that some of the wines are out of stock when you first try, shops will receive fresh deliveries for a week or three until stocks are gone.
And while you’re there, it’s worth stocking up on the Stollen bites and Macarons. Might need one of the larger-sized trolleys…….