jamie goode's wine blog: Another Tesco Press Tasting

Friday, October 05, 2007

Another Tesco Press Tasting

Usually, most supermarkets will have a couple of press tastings a year. Tesco have had three in 2007, altogether showing almost 500 different wines. That's a lot. It's largely because they've been making a real effort with their range, and it shows: there are some interesting wines here, and the quality is consistently good. It's hard to be objective about which of the big retailers has the best range, but in broad-brush terms it seems that Tesco and Asda are on the up, while Sainsbury is treading water a bit. M&S seems to be doing quite well, but I don't know Morrisons/Safeway/Coop well enough to say too much about their performance.

Today's Tesco tasting was held, once again, at County Hall, overlooking the Thames. It's a really good venue, although I almost wandered into the Star Wars exhibition on the way out after getting lost in a maze of oak-panelled corridors.

Interesting wines included: my first look at the 2000 Musar, which is a pretty good vintage for this wine; the 2001 Noval LBV, which is really good, once again; a lovely PX from Gonzalez Byass that's only 4.99/half; Tyrell's Vat 1 Semillon 2000, which is a great Hunter white that's worth its 20 asking price; and a beefy but elegant Yering Station Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2005.



At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I didn't know Tesco did Moose. I'm not so convinced by 2000. Better than 1998 and 1996 perhaps. 'twil forever be in the shadow of 1999.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Nor did I. At 13.99, it's a good buy. Yes, better than 1996 and 1998. Not in the absolute top league, but still very good. I can't recall the 1999 - maybe I missed it. When I get a decent cellar I shall definitely have some Moose in it.

At 10:41 PM, Blogger David said...

..even better to get in sainsbury's at "25% off".
Bring the price of Moose to just under a tenner. Now thats what I call good value!

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

I agree with Alex; 1999 is an exceptional Musar.


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