It’s not often I recommend French wines stocked by UK supermarkets, because the buying is rarely that inspired. Most decent French stuff simply doesn’t fit with the requirements of the multiple grocers. But here are two really nice expressions of Northern Rhone Syrah from Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Saint-Joseph 2009 Northern Rhone, France
From Chapoutier, 13% alcohol. Lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit with a hint of violet, as well as some pepperiness. Very fresh with a tart finish. Good acidity and a hint of tannic grip, this is extremely drinkable. 89/100 (£12.99 Sainsbury’s)
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Crozes-Hermitage 2009 Northern Rhone, France
From Chaupoutier, 13% alcohol. Fresh, lively, subtly peppery dark cherry and plum fruit. Quite rounded and elegant with lovely primary fruit and a hint of nice greenness. Peppery, meaty savoury edge. Delicious. 89/100 (£8.49 Sainsbury’s)