Historically, France has produced some of the finest vintages in the world and its regions have lent their names to some of the world’s most famous grapes. With autumn already upon us, and Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to fall in love with French wines all over again.
The already impressive French wine portfolio at Aldi recently added the Jean Claude Mas and Pardon My French ranges. With 18 French wines on the shelves priced from €6.29 to €14.99, there’s something for every palate, on sale in 129 Aldi stores every day.
For French food lovers, the Aldi website offers over 20 classic French recipes, across starters, mains and desserts. Aldi Wine Ambassador Tom Doorley offers his pick of the food pairings with some tasting notes for his favourites of the French wines:
- Cuvée Reserve Cote du Rhone Villages, €6.49 – Selected from the villages of the southern Rhone, in other words the best parts, this is a soft easy-drinking combination of Grenache, Mourvedre and a little Syrah. A real all-rounder and a great ambassador for the region. Awarded silver at the IWSC 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)
- Claret Bordeaux Reserve €6.29 – Classic red Bordeaux blend of mainly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrant fruit with a savoury finish
- Vignobles Rousselet French Pinot Noir €7.29 – There’s a deep colour to this multi-regional Pinot Noir: ripe fruit from the south and a freshness from the cooler north. A crisp, refreshing red wine
- Vignobles Rousselet French Malbec €7.29 – A lovely, dark, chunky red wine made from 100% Malbec. Blackberries and brambly fruit with a touch of spice and round tannins
- Domaine Lou Frejau Chateauneuf du Pape €14.99 – Chateauneuf du Pape is one of those classic red wines that are hugely popular and a lot of it could be confused for Cotes du Rhone were it not for the price. But not this one! From a single estate it’s dark, brooding, full of character and great with meaty dishes
- Jean Claude Mas French Classic Grenache Noir €8.49 – There’s something herby here amidst all the plump, ripe fruit. Think raspberries, dark cherries, plums, even a hint of tobacco. Commended at the IWC 2017
- Jean Claude Mas French Estate Malbec €9.49 – A rich, dry French red that demands beef or lamb. It smells of sweet brambly fruit and there’s a touch of liquorice again with warm spices. Yes, there’s a lot going on here. Why not try this with the Dijon steak sauté? Commended at the IWC 2017
- Jean Claude Mas French Estate Pinot Noir €9.49 – Pinot noir meets hot southern sunshine in the Languedoc to produce a classic red with a touch of new world opulence. Commended at the IWC 2017
- Pardon My French Ventoux €7.49 – This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – so the same as Cotes du Rhone but the vineyards are higher and cooler so the wine is lighter and more supple. The Mont Ventoux is a kind of wine bridge between the Rhone and Provence and this easy drinking red is too! Commended at the IWC 2017
- Pardon My French Fitou €7.49 – Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. It’s all plums, pepper and black liquorice. There’s even a suggestion of sun-drenched Mediterranean herbs. Chunky, complex, dark and delicious. This would be perfect with the French Lamb Bake
- Henri de Lorgere Sancerre €10.49 – Sauvignon Blanc as grown and planted on its home patch, the cool, green Loire Valley. Blackcurrant leaf, green peppers, even a touch of crushed nettles! And there’s a real mineral twang in the heart of this zingy white
- Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon Blanc €7.99 – Amazing value for a Loire Sauvignon that could pass as a Pouilly-Fumé. Crisp, zesty and dry, it’s as fresh as a frosty morning. All green leaves, grapefruit zest, gun flint! Awarded bronze at the IWSC 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)
- Vignobles de Rousselet French Sauvignon Blanc €6.99 – Zingy, zesty and pungent, this Sauvignon Blanc is all about blackcurrant leaf, green peppers, passionfruit and citrus zest
- Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine €7.99 – Bone dry, almost austere, this is absolutely classic Muscadet with its steely backbone and aroma of warm bread (which comes from the way the yeast is used). Very stylish, very grown-up. Awarded silver at the IWSC 2017 (Northern Hemisphere)
- French Chardonnay IGP Languedoc €6.99 – An unoaked Chardonnay with southern French ripeness and a suggestion of minerality
- Jean Claude Mas French Classic Organic Blanc €8.49 – Five separate areas in the Languedoc contribute the grapes for this unusual and fabulously attractive white wine. There’s Grenache Blanc and Vermentino for freshness, Viognier adds a kind of peachiness and the lovely touch of rose petals and spice is from Muscat. Gloriously drinkable, delightfully different. And organic! The perfect accompaniment for the Smoked Mackerel Paté. Commended at the IWC 2017
- Jean Claude Mas French Organic Estate White €9.49 – A deliciously fresh and succulent white wine using several grape varieties to add to the core Grenache Blanc. Sourced from cool climate vineyards in the Languedoc. Commended at the IWC 2017
- Pardon My French Cotes de Gascogne €7.49 – Most people tasting this white wine for the first time will go “Oh! Sauvignon!” But it’s not. The green pepper, gooseberry, blackcurrant leaf thing comes from the Colombard grape. There’s also some Ugni Blanc and the touch of honey is from the Gascon grape Gros Manseng. So, all in all, a bit different! Dry, crisp, aromatic and very fresh. Awarded bronze at the IWC 2017
All of the above products are on sale now in all 129 Aldi stores nationwide.