Tesco press tasting at the Festival Hall
Just back from the Tesco press tasting, which was held on the top floor of the Royal Festival Hall on London's Southbank. It was a great venue, with some spectacular views.
I didn't taste all the wines (they showed 153), but I did a fair selection. Not all that many gems, but I did find a few. Bollinger Grande Annee 2000 is a mind-blowingly good fizz - yours for £59, but I think you could make a case for it being worth the money. Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough is a little more affordable at £16.99, but also thrilling, with bright, elegant, focused cherry and raspberry fruit. I really liked Tim Adams Semillon 2008 Clare Valley (£9.99), a serious, ageworthy, food compatible white with an indecent amount of flavour. Going down in price, Paul Mas La Forge Malbec 2008 VdP d'Oc is fantastic (£8.99), and the one of the best values of the tasting was the Tesco Finest Malbec 2008 from Mendoza: made by Catena, this shows lovely pure fruit and is £6.99.