This 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Aldi costs £3.79.
The Christmassy label is so lovely I deliberately kept it hanging around the kitchen for several days. But perhaps the real miracle, given how little (mere pennies) you are spending on the actual liquid at this price, is that the wine inside passes my sub-£4 bottle test. That test does not ask much. It is simply, “Can I get it down?”
And yes, I can. It does remarkably well for the price. For a start, you can actually tell it’s Cotes du Rhone: it makes me think of ripe red berries resting on a sunny crag. After that it goes suddenly flat which is where you can tell that it costs £3.79. Because, yes, you can buy a much better wine for £5. But also an awful lot worse (seriously, and *awful* lot worse). And anyway, this isn’t £5 and it’s a long time since I tasted a wine so cheap that tasted so good.
So. Good if you plan to drink really fast, like Carrie Mathieson on one of her back-against-the-wall-don’t-bother-with-a-glass super-stressed days (or is that just me? Oh….) Or if you’re having it with dinner, say. Because you won’t notice it dropping away if you’re taking a second gulp, or a mouthful of roast gammon. Also a great cooking (and oops! the cook drank a glass) or mulling wine.
So all in all, far more bargain than bucket.