Best buys |  Off the shelf: Tesco Cotes de Gascogne Blanc

Best buys

Off the shelf: Tesco Cotes de Gascogne Blanc

At just £5* and 11% this is the perfect wine for this cash-strapped, trying-to-be-a-bit-healthier time of year.

I had the idea a while back of plucking the occasional bottle off the shelf to review and promptly forgot about it but readers tell me it's useful so I will try and remember to do it from time to time.

It comes from Gascony in the south-west of France where it’s made by the excellent Plaimont co-operative and has the same tropical fruity character as a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

At only 11% it’s only 1.4 units and 81 calories per 125ml glass which makes it perfect if you’re cutting back rather than cutting out wine for January. (By comparison a 14% wine would be 1.8 units)

What to drink it with? Fresh-tasting food such as salads and fish. It’s a good early evening tipple and a perfect party wine.

Value for money 8/10

*from my local city centre Tesco Metro. It seems to be cheaper still online at £4.50

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