Fantastic Co-op double

Coop wines1We have a small store close by which we use for bread, milk and the odd things we forgot in our main weekly shop. I always wander down their wine section  and occasionally buy the odd bottle of wine which on the whole, so far, have all been pretty good.

I used to get some nice bargains in my local Co op on some of the better quality wines sometimes even getting them for less than half price but recently they seemed to have become a little more savvy in their pricing now only offering one or two pounds discount, still a discount is a discount.

Spotted these two wines after a little prompt on Wine writer Jamie Goode’s blog in his article about the latest Co op press tasting where he listed around 7, in his words ‘Nice affordable wines’.

Firstly the Cotes du Rhone ‘La Grange St. Martin’ 2014. This had a fairly muted nose but there was some berries and a hint of smoke. The taste is where this really shone, fresh cherries, bramble fruit, bright acidity, ash, white peppery spice and a savoury finish. Held up well on second day showing more savouriness, an altogether delicious bottle for £6.99.

Secondly the Trapiche Pure Malbec 2014, this is an unoaked Malbec hence ‘Pure’ on the label. Shared this bottle with family and friend. Very dark in colour, blackberries, blackcurrants and dark cherries on the nose. The first sip hits you like a sledgehammer, intense fruit, dry, mild dusty tannins but it’s the cherries that really come through and caused one of our tasters to cry out ‘Wow ! that’s really fruity, very nice !’ and it was, hence the bottle emptied pretty quickly. A little more expensive at £8.99 but worth every penny.

La Grange St. Martin – Cotes du Rhone 2014


My Rating 8/10 Corks    Co op £6.99


Trapiche Pure Malbec 2014


My Rating 8/10 Corks    Co op £8.99


Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone 2012

perdigal(450 x 600)France 14%

This Léon Perdigal CdR was named after the first cellarmaster from the largest cellars (Ogiers) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre. Fantastic looking bottle that really stood out with its embossed glass and vivid label. First tasted this at a Majestic ‘Winter Tasting evening’ late last year and it’s a pretty solid CdR and at £6.99 a bottle on multi buy, good value.

In the glass, not as aromatic as I thought it would be, fairly muted nose of red fruits raspberries, cherries, some  blackcurrant  and slightly smokey.

Taste – Very drinkable, soft, much more fruity and ripe than I expected with firm acidity and a sweetish finish. Hints of smoke, spice and licorice.  Drank this straight after opening and it was pretty good but it did improve while sitting in the glass, so maybe let it breathe and open up a bit and you will be rewarded with a decent  CdR which can be enjoyed with or without food.

So, big thumbs up if you want a easy drinking soft, slightly sweet, spicy and smokey French red.

. 8corks

My Rating 8/10 Corks – Majestic Usually around £9.99 (on offer multi buy for £6.99)