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It’s time to review a white wine again and, back at Asda in Silverhill for a look around, I was tempted by the Greener Planet Wine Co. Marsanne Chardonnay blend (reduced by three quid down to a tempting £5.50). This wine came by the litre and in an eco-plastic bottle, which is reducing the company’s carbon footprint significantly.

But call me old-fashioned – there’s something just wrong about wine in plastic bottles. I fear I might have to get over myself for the good of the environment!

In any case, the wine that I ended up buying – down from £6.97 to a really good value £4.50 – was another South West French blend – a 2010 Appellation Origine Protegee (which is what they have changed the AOC quality mark to) Languedoc: made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.

In fact, these are grapes as readily associated with the Rhone Valley as the Languedoc , but needless to say Roche du Sud has made a very drinkable white, at a price that will not break the bank.

A golden colour, this was a dry wine with ripe lemons and pink grapefruit on the first nose. After a swirl in the glass, the aromas were less rindy and more floral – honeysuckle maybe. Honey was definitely in the mix.

On the palate there was a lot of minerality – almost making it taste good for you – and, despite the finish being short, I was left with a clear sense of crunchy green apple.

This wine was fuller bodied than I had expected and will hold its own with pork or chicken dishes – even those with a bit of spice.

In my rush I didn’t have chance to find out when the offer ends, but hopefully you will get there in time!

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A quick note to give you the heads up that for a couple of weeks Morrisons have another 25% discount on six or more French, Italian or Spanish wines.

It’s been time for me to stock up a bit on my favourite St Chinian and Barbera D’Asti wines for the cupboard.  So in the picture there is the ever-reliable Seigneur de Salvanhiac St Chinian AOC, Special Reserve 2009 (currently half price at £4.99); and a Bricco Garelli Barbera D’Asti DOC, Superiore 2007 (not on offer itself; priced at £6.99).

Also in the picture are a Le Petiole Ventoux Rouge 2010 (half-price at £4.99) and a Mont Tauch Les Signatures Minervois 2010 (also not on offer; priced at £7.99).  We tried the Ventoux with a summer salad and a piece of baked salmon.  It benefits from decanting (for the oxygen; there’s no sediment) and Ruth was a bit more keen on it than I was. 

I’m intrigued to try the Minervois.  I have known about Mont Tauch’s Fitou, and I think it has done well at competitions, but I hadn’t known that the stable was extending, and am interested to try more of their Languedoc offerings (as it’s a favourite wine-producing area of mine)…

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