Supermarket wine

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Tom Cannavan, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Tom Cannavan

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    Apolonia supermarket, Algarve

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  2. That even puts Waitrose Canary Wharf to shame, let alone Lidl with their “must buy” (quote) £7.99 Crémant de Bordeaux.

    Out of interest, what did you buy, Tom?
     
  3. Tom Cannavan

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    I just put a mixed dozen together from the bottles in the photograph, 6 Montrachet and a selection of the rest.


    Really? I brought quite a few bottles with me, so just topped up with some Solheiro Alvarinho. A truly massive selection of wines and spirits. Some hugely expensive single malts too, magnums and jeroboams of Cristal, etc. Fabulous produce all round though: Selfridges food hall in the sun :)
     
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  4. I recently posted not quite as an expensive showy selection but in a normal large supermarket in Normandy (L’eclerc)

    A cave. (Was a high end selection in corner ) they even had proper lighting in there.
    I was somewhat shocked I’ll admit.

    That’s some selection though in original post.

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  5. Tom Cannavan

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    Mike, yes, those LeClercs with a proper cave are fantastic. Used to visit one near Saumur regularly and picked up some great things at reasonable prices.
     
  6. I'd wait till the inevitable 25% off 6 promotion.
     
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  7. That bottle of Montrachet has been there 3 years.

    We are due to go again in July/August. Great supermarket , like the Super U in Beaulieu Sur M Most produce better
    Than Harrods.
     
  8. Tom Cannavan

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    Someone might well buy it though - two Bentleys in the car park the other day, one a cabriolet in powder blue with cream leather interior :)
     
  9. A bit like the average UK supermarket selection. Big names rather than stuff from interesting smaller growers.
     
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  10. I remeber Apolonia from 1988: a traditional Portuguese supermarket, with the foresight to begin catering for the Northern European (but mainly British) ex-pat market. Brought in a number of British staples, spoke good English, developed an excellent butchery counter. Even then, it kept a good stock of almost exclusively Portuguese) wines, including some brilliant Bairradas. I was always a bit suspicious of the lovely bottles of good vintages of Port, which were for sale standing upright in a sunny window! It has just gone from strength to strength.
     
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  11. 2012 vintage. Probably pox'd by now. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Or at the very least light-struck....
     
  13. The staff are very helpful in Apolonia. Very knowledgeable in the wine department.
     
  14. No quibbles either with replacing a corked bottle, last year in Galé, a Pintas Character
     
  15. They heard you were coming, and got in a few bottles of your favourites.
     
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  16. Speaking of DRC, one of our stopover hotels had AP de Villaine's Bouzeron Aligoté on their list. Obviously we had to order a bottle and as the sommelier overheard me explaining to Mrs A that it was a fairly rare wine and who M de Villaine was, I saw him going to chat with the owner (its a very small michelin starred auberge in Burgundy) and she promptly came over to tell me that their allocation was only 12 bottles a year. Needless to say, the wine was stunning and a relative bargain at €37.
     
  17. Tom Cannavan

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    Not necessarily all favourites, but just things they know I like to drink of an evening.
     
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  18. Paul: your quote - "Speaking of DRC, one of our stopover hotels had AP de Villaine's Bouzeron Aligoté on their list. Obviously we had to order a bottle and as the sommelier overheard me explaining to Mrs A that it was a fairly rare wine and who M de Villaine was, I saw him going to chat with the owner (its a very small michelin starred auberge in Burgundy) and she promptly came over to tell me that their allocation was only 12 bottles a year. Needless to say, the wine was stunning and a relative bargain at €37."
    We are always on the lookout for fine auberges to stay in Burgundy - especially small, Michelin-starred ones that sell Aligote at @ €37. Do tell me the name and location, please.
     
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  19. Is that Pétrus a special label for Dutch customers?

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  20. Is De Villaine that hard to get hold of now?

    We rocked up unannounced in 2004 and had a full tasting, taking home whatever we chose from the list. Still have some bottles from that trip.
     
  21. Tom Cannavan

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    Despite these being in what appear to be proper Eurocave type cabinets, I guess they might be facsimile bottles with the real ones elsewhere... ?
     

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