I’ve also had the M&S 2016 Pauillac, I was really surprised just how poor it was. The St Julian however is much better (definitely not cooking wine, not for me anyway), and I agree with Dominic the Margaux is the best of the bunch.Ben today I went into M&S in Southgate N14 (sometimes, more often in the past, pronounced Saff-gate) and bearing in mind your post about the Angel M&S (my local) these St-Julien 2016s also scanned at £10 but the sticker still said £22. They also had the Marksman BdB 2017 which was marked down on the shelf to £15. I bought a bottle of the Marksman, out of curiosity more than anything else. The first English wine I have purchased 36 years, so traumatic was the 1985 experience. I also bought a few St-Juliens to add to my collection of Villa Caffagio Chianti Classico 2016s (also reduced to £10) from Waitrose. It is quite useful to have stocks of borderline beverages like this in the house because you never know who might drop in. They are useful for cooking and grown up offspring and an efficient way of impressing fathers-in-law if you have one, and other annoying relatives. Last year I somehow acquired the M&S Pauillac and though it was a 2016 it was pretty grim, mostly merlot and ended up as cooking wine. I hope the St-Julien is better but its origins are pretty murky. The label just says Lucien Lurton. it could be a wine called Les Clefs de St-Julien, but I have no idea otherwise.
Chez nous they were out of stock and bare shelves for some days before reappearing so I have hope... (And the receipt just in case!)I broke my own rule and purchased a Marksman 2017 off the shelf in MK.
It was shot and the typical cabbage water lightstrike bottle that I often speak of.
Luckily the Rose I bought at the same time was fantastic, but there is risk involved off the shelf particularly on sparkling wine.
It's just not fair I tell you, it's just not fair. Again, where is the envy or jealous emoji?Plenty of the Lustau Amontillado in M&S Birstall, no price ticket on the shelf but scanned at £1.79 per half. I took half a dozen and left the rest (probably another 10-12). There's only so much Amontillado we can drink...