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What should you buy from the Waitrose 10 fine wines for £10 offer?

Waitrose has seized the initiative this year with a simple but clever promotion offering 10 ‘fine wines’ (their description) for £10. Some offer significant reductions over and above the discounts they normally run so which should you buy? It depends of course on your taste but these are the ones I’d go for in this order (watch out for the vintages though which can vary in store).

1. Villa Antinori 2015 down from £15.99 to £10

Elegant, supple super-Tuscan blend of sangiovese and cabernet. Drink with slow cooked lamb and beans, a ragu or, thinking Christmas, goose. (If you're buying in store make sure it's the 2015 though - the 2014 isn't nearly as impressive)

2. Rustenberg Chardonnay 2017 down from £13.99 to £10

Not a huge reduction but a very smart South African chardonnay that’s better drinking, I think, than the Louis Latour white burgundy in this promotion (see below) which I find a little coarse though I suspect most people will be impressed by the label. Drink with salmon or a posh fish pie

3. Chateau Lalande d’Auvion Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2015 down from £15.99

Classic Bordeaux from a decent vintage - appealingly soft, ripe and supple. Should appeal to traditionalists. Perfect with a Sunday roast

4. Bird in Hand sparkling pinot noir down from £15.99

If you’re terminally bored with prosecco try this delicate pink Aussie bubbly as your party fizz this year. Cool looking bottle too.

5. Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo 2016 down from £17.99

Not as vibrantly fruity as some malbecs and bear in mind there’s a fair bit of malbec around the £10 mark but if you’re a fan go for it (although at the time of writing it's already out of stock online). Steak is the obvious pairing!

6. El Piados Gran Reserva Rioja 2008 down from £16.99

Classic gran reserva which has spent 3 years in oak and 2 in bottle so not in the first flush of youth. There’s still some nice plummy fruit there though. One for drinking now rather than squirrelling away. Unusual to be able to get gran reserva rioja at this price. Would be good with game, especially pheasant.

7. The Hedonist Shiraz McLaren Vale, 2015 down from £14.99

The big wallop of fruit you’d expect from a McLaren Vale Shiraz. I wouldn’t pay £14.99 for it but it’s a good buy at a tenner

8. The Louis Latour chardonnay I mention above. As I say, I'd rather drink the Rustenberg but it would look great on the table.

9. Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Marlborough down from £14.99

If you’re a Kiwi sauvignon blanc fan you’ll love this BUT it’s a 2018 so it still hasn’t totally settled and it’s not quite the bargain the other wines are. A bit pungent for me but would be good with bright zesty salads.

10. Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2017 down from £15.99

Attractive, smooth creamy Gavi but again not amazingly cheap. Perfect with antipasti and creamy risottos though.

I suspect given the interest on Twitter some of these will sell through quite quickly - note the promotion finishes on December 12th.

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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on November 30 2018 at 12:02

Good point, Sediment. Will add a caveat!

The SEDIMENT blog on November 30 2018 at 11:11

Keep an eye on those vintages – it's not just the Antinori which varies. In the Chiswick Waitrose, the Rustenberg Chardonnay is 2018, not 2017!

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