The classic television comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus had a catchphrase: “And now for something completely different.” That’s exactly how I felt when I tasted and learned a little more about this wine.
It’s produced in Gascony in south west France from unfamiliar local grape varieties. These varieties have survived the curse of the nasty vine bug phylloxera. They managed this because they grow in unusually sandy, special soils. These soils have been made a protected heritage site – AND you can buy this wine from a major supermarket for less than a tenner! *breathe* *breathe*
I guess Tesco Finest* Saint Mont 2010 may sound a little geeky, however, I think it’s price and distribution makes it accessible to everyone.
This is a wine with layers. Spend a bit of time savouring each mouthful and you will be rewarded with what Jane, who writes for the Liverpool Echo, described as “flavour gymnastics”.
I don’t think this wine is immediately inviting aroma-wise. It’s more intriguing. With various sniffs I wrote down citrus, lemon, stones, nutty, grass, ripe pineapple. For flavours, my notes (with additional scribbles by The Analyst) say pineapple, smoky apricots, grass, herbs, lemon-zing, minerals and spice. That may sound like a cop-out i.e. write down loads and one of those must be right but I really think there’s just a lot going on. Laura Jewell, Tesco’s Master of Wine, told me to look out for a hint of horseradish too!
I also like that the wine has a bit of texture – I feel like I want to chew it, as you sometimes do a big, red wine. It’s dry and zippy and fruity and intense and… I think you get the picture!
Tesco Finest* Saint Mont 2010 usually costs £6.99 but until February 19 it is on offer at £5.49. Fancy a little experimentation this weekend?
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