One of my favourite Wine Society promotions of the year, Wine Champions is finally back.
50 winners this year, very slightly down 4 from 2017’s total of 51 wines. Those of us at the AGM have already tried a few and they are, as always, very good choices.
There’s a new feature this year where wines are indicated when they have scored maximum points which is a good addition.
The offer formally goes live on Monday to co-incide with the Manchester Wine Champions tasting but you can have an early look now and see what choices look temping.
There are some old favourites in the mix as usual but also some interesting new choices, at least to my eyes. Here are a few that are jumping out at me:
The Vina Santico looks very temping at just £5.95, one of the very few under £6 WS bottles still available. It is, however, currently languishing at 2.2 from Member reviews, I wonder if this will change when more people pick up the wine.
The Chateau de Lacarelle picked up full marks and is very reasonably priced at £7.95.
Full marks again to the Painted Wolf Rouge which definitely looks temping -
Onto the whites, Pauletts Polish Hill Riesling
and the New Zealand Trinty Hill Chardonnay both look good, although neither one is in stock until Monday and then then Pauletts has limited stock available.
For Chablis fans, the JEAN-MARC BROCARD, CHABLIS PREMIER CRU MONT DE MILIEU 2014 gets the nod at £19.50. Again, stock available on Monday.
Only 1 white scored full marks this year which is interesting, 5 of the red wines scored full marks. I would have thought that reds would have been more contentious than whites…
For the sparkling selection, Blanquette de Limoux has been a person recommendation of mine for many years so I can certainly agree with that choice.
What is everyone else interested in and what of the selection have you already tried? Any choices that you can’t believe got selected? Any choices you cannot believe missed out this year?