From the archives | 12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

From the archives

12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

Waitrose has a short 25% off wine promotion this weekend which runs until next Tuesday, June 7th

While I don’t think their range is what it once was there are still some bargains worth picking up especially the champagnes I mention in my Guardian column today. With Waitrose it’s a question of being able to buy more expensive wines at a good price rather than picking up cheap-as-chips bargains

There seems some confusion as to whether this applies to three bottles or to six. I saw ads in the press this week that you get the discount if you buy three but both the websites refer to six. You'll probably want to buy six anyway, I imagine ...

Note the promotion doesn’t apply in Scotland, not all branches will carry all the wines and be careful to check the vintages which may not be the same as the ones I’m recommending

Domaine de la Croix de Chaintres 2015 Saumur Champigny £12.75 down to £9.57

Really lovely fragrant raspberry fruit - the quintessential summer red. Great with seared tuna

Domaine des Bassets 2015 Morgon, Beaujolais £11.99 down to £9

At 14% quite powerful for a Beaujolais but with glorious fruit. Can’t beat a good charcuterie platter

Domaine Saint Martin Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Cité de Carcassonne £7.49 down to £5.62

Attractive Bordeaux style blend from the Languedoc. Good with simple roasts and grills

Reserve Des Hospitaliers 2014 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages £9.99 down to £7.49

Big generous spicy red in handsome looking bottle. Looks and tastes more expensive than it is, especially on this deal. Think garlicky sausages and lentils.

Cave de Tain Les Hauts de Pavières 2014 Crozes Hermitage £11.49 down to £8.62

Always reliable spicy, peppery syrah from one of France’s best co-ops. Perfect for a steak-frites.

The Cubist Old Vines Garnacha 2014 Calatayud £9.99 down to £7.50

Big generous lush ripe garnacha aka grenache - perfect for American-style barbecue.

Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir 2015 Martinborough New Zealand £13.99 down to £10.50

Glorious sweet-fruited pinot - snap it up at this price and drink with duck

Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Alexander Valley £14.99 down to £11.25

Really classy smooth elegant Californian cab at far less than you’d pay for a comparable Napa wine - even at the undiscounted price. Perfect for roast beef and steak.

Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Malbec 2013, Mendoza £11.99 down to £9

Very well-made malbec in a slightly more classic style (so less sweet-fruited) than many on the market. Class. Steak.

De Bortoli Daydream Pinot Noir 2015, Yarra Valley £9.79 down to £7.29.

Bright fruity pinot from one of Australia’s best areas for the variety, the Yarra valley. Maybe a touch sweet but could handle a bit of spice (I'm thinking Chinese-style crispy duck pancakes). Not as good as the Escarpment but quite a bit cheaper.

Climbing Shiraz 2013 Orange, New South Wales £8.99 down to £6.74

A bottle that reminds you just how enjoyable Aussie shiraz can be. Terrific label too. Good BBQ wine. Bargain.

Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet/Merlot 2014 Margaret River £12.99 down to £9.74

One of my favourite mainstream Aussie producers. My notes read ‘Delicious, elegant, fragrant, velvety - why drink Bordeaux?’ Why indeed at this price? Pair with roast lamb

White wines and other buys to follow.

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