Jancis' most recent review of UK retailer Marks & Spencer back in April was called Some great value from M&S. Now, as of 18 Aug, they are following the UK supermarket trend by offering 25% off any purchase of six wines or more, which makes for some keen buys. The offer runs until 4 Sep.
Below are 13 tasting notes I took at the same tasting, in addition to Jancis' main article. They are presented by style/colour and producer (sur)name.
Primary apple fruits. Very high acid, pretty frothy on the palate. Dry and crisp on the finish, if a bit un-complex. (RH)12%
Charming leafy character, round fruit, even a hint of biscuit – this is very good! Perhaps it’s the quality of the grape making the difference here. Very palatable. (RH)12.5%
Sharp, crisp and with a salty lemon finish. Brisk! (RH)12%
Apple juice, bit of cinnamon, some phenolic grip too. The right kind of thing for a plate of pasta. (RH)13%
Bitter white fruit, some violets, a bit of green olive bitterness, but a long finish and good concentration. Needs food. (RH)13.5%
Ripe green apples, full body, has the breadth so often absent from Italian white. Very enjoyable. (RH)13.5%
Light but well-defined apricot and peach. Clean finish, nice balance. Good, clean fun. (RH)13%
Boiled sweets, artificial flavours. Rent-a-rosé. (RH)13.5%
Grassy, light red fruit, bit of flowery aroma. Very simple, which is fine for the price, I suppose. Unambitious. (RH)12.5%
Impertinent vanilla oak on the nose, sufficient black fruit, a little bit twiggy but drinkable. Slightly steep, price-wise. (RH)13.5%
Hot, oven-fresh black fruit, so smooth as to be moisturised, generic but well made, with a nicely savoury liquorice bite to the finish. (RH)13.5%
Overt red cherry fruit, dry finish. Quite light overall, although not unbalanced. (RH)13.5%
The purplest shade you can think of in the glass. Simple black cherry fruit, very very soft acid and tannins. Straightforward, correct but cheap. (RH)14%