Château Fonguillon, Montage Saint Emilion 2009 (Tesco Finest) £7.99 Tesco
This big, brambly claret has lots of spicy, brambly fruit and a lovely, lingering, savoury finish. Super value. Perfect with the Sunday roast.
The Sage Gateshead is holding a Wine and Food Fair tomorrow: Eat Drink & Be Merry, from noon until 5pm. Tickets are £25 on the door – £20 if you book online. As well as a masterclass at 1pm by the Newcastle Wine School (an extra £12), six local wine merchants will be showing some of their wares: PortoVino, Michael Jobling, Tyne Wines, Proteas Wines, Spanish Select and The Hop, The Vine. And there's music too. A good afternoon out.
Other bargain bottles from Bordeaux I've tasted recently include a lovely dry 2011 rosé in Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range. It's juicy and quite spicy with a savoury raspberry flavour (£7.99). Château Greysac Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2006 (£12.99 from Majestic) is a lovely, elegant, dry red wine, with perfumed, cedary, blackcurrant and bramble fruit and real length. Like my wine of the week, it'll come into its own with Sunday dinner.