Experimenting with cheap wines can be a little like a game of Russian roulette.
If luck is on your side, there’s the exhilaration and relief of having made a discovery; get it wrong however and the pleasure is over for the evening as you pay for your miserliness with each sip of something rather unpleasant.
At the very low price of £4.29, Castellore Pinot Grigio Frizzante RosÃƒÂ© is a charming Italian sparkler with pale rose colour and a firm but light fizz.
The flavour is full and round with depth characteristic of well vinified Pinot Grigio grapes .
It’s not floral or sugary like some comparably cheap wines but remarkably well balanced; big enough to make a good aperitif and well behaved enough at the table to go well with more or less any food. It’s a ‘hit’ at the price.
To my delight, the Champagne that I tried, Veuve Monsigny Brut No.3 by Philizot & Fils proved to be a well deserved winner of its bronze medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit competition; and at only £9.99, it’s a bargain ripe for discovery.
Handsomely bottled in the classic style, Monsigny impresses from the start with good, lush, intense flavours dignified by appropriate yeast structure and a satisfying citrus finish.
In fact I am slightly confused by how such a decent bottle of Champers can be offered at this low price; but that’s no cause for complaint. I just have to declare it another ‘hit’ for Aldi and raise a glass to their wine buyers.