A small detour before I get to the point of the piece, against my better judgement I had to take No1 to Tesco as there was an item she wished to pick up there not available anywhere else.
Tesco despite making big profits again have gone down market and this superstore is getting very near to our local Aldi which itself is like a scene from people of Walmart, empty boxes on the floor so you can’t reach over to get bottles , bins of soft toys for a pound next to the Broccoli and a general air of despondency, our local Aldi also lays claim to the parking equivalent of Hotel California, ‘you can visit but never leave’ such is it s proximity to the traffic lights on a crossroad, its a challenge you can do without.
Tesco had not changed from the last visit, the entry area is so full of produce you can hardly get in the place, stack em high and sell cheap has come back with a vengeance, the veg section is brimming with items that show a best before date that is the current date, and a deli section which should make you weep, plus a minuscule wet fish counter that looks like the fish have given up hope of ever being sold.
I left the wife to find her item, whatever it was and meandered towards the wine aisle, habit I suppose, rather like a bloodhound on the scent.
Tesco used to have a rather good wine section and that was when they did their online sales, but that was all a long time ago.
Anyway I arrived at said wine aisle an perused the endless major brands and own labels to the almost total exclusion of everything else and dejected and about to leave I espied an offer on a Chilean Cab Sav that maybe just maybe was worth a punt, so I picked a bottle up and found the good lady and put it in the trolley.
This is the wine…
A couple of nights later I opened it, now what is interesting, and I realise it has been discussed before, was the fact it had a Decanter Platinum award and 97 points stuck on the bottle, at first I thought, shurely shume mishtake, but no there it was in all its glory.
And then I remembered that Decanter had decided to mark lesser wines within their own category and they are not tasted blind any more, this rightly caused much furor.
among readers of said magazine and elsewhere, quite rightly.
The wine was poured had a rather good fruity nose and deep colour, but when drunk, and I shared the experience so was not alone in my thoughts, it was pure Ribena it had nothing else other than this totally over the top blackcurrant taste, how the hell do they give it 97 points and a Platinum award, it was so over the top I didn’t pour another glass and that for me is a very rare event.
I gave up on critics a long time ago, the reasons are long and boring , it has been well documented and written about many times how all when tasting blind the same wine can come up with totally different results at different occasions, the Judgement of Paris all those years ago showed how the experts can be so easily duped, but this 97 pointer makes a farce of everything Decanter puts up and it is not the first by a long chalk.
So I thank Tesco for reminding me to steer well clear of anything Decanter recommends, most of which luckily is never available here anyway.