Wednesday Wines – Episode 19

Episode 19 – 5th August 2020

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this week’s pair features my first ever Aldi WW, and it is a fine rosé in spite of its awful label and yet another stunning German Pinot Noir – this time a tenner cheaper than my Yapp find from a few weeks ago.

2019 Luberon Rosé, Edition Limité, Pierre Jaurant, France (£5.99, Aldi).

Calm and balanced, this is a discreet tasting note for a discreet wine.  It is hard to think of a six quid rosé that has many of the traits that you find in the smarty pants labels.  Anyway, this wine does and that’s why it is here.  Give it a whirl – you will be pleasantly surprised.

2017 Spätburgunder, Markgräflerland, Weingut Martin Wassmer, Baden, Germany (£14.50, The Wine Society tel. 01438 741177 & www.thewinesociety.com).

Markgräflerland is situated between the Black Forest and the Rhine and it is home to some exciting Pinot Noirs.  Made using natural yeasts, long fermentations and French barriques, this is a style which is aimed directly at Burgundy proper and it is fair to say that there is little to compare at this price from the Côte d’Or.   With a clean herb and cranberry tang infiltrating the cherry core this is a fresh style and it is extremely rewarding.  Pinot-freaks will not believe the value for money here because while the perfume and palate are spot on, there is some length and detail here which usually costs a tenner more cash!