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Put a cork in it; Andrew Campbell on his top sips.

Byline: Andrew Campbell

CUT-PRICE German supermarket chain Aldi has a reputation for selling quality wines at bargain prices.

Last summer their pounds 5.99 Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene was a revelation.

So it was no surprise to find a clutch of decorated wines from the industry's most prestigious awards among Aldi's relatively modest range.

However the price was astounding - six very different bottles for just pounds 24.

So last night, with the efficiency of a BMW production line, I started working my way through the two whites.

The first was St Amandus Rheinhessen Spatlese from... you guessed it, Germany.

Coming in at just pounds 3.69 a bottle, I expected much given its Bronze medal at the acclaimed International Wine and Spirit Competition. The reality was sadly disappointing.

The wine is made from a blend of traditional white grapes harvested later than usual to intensify the flavour - at least that's the theory. It's a style of wine I normally love - with varying levels of sweetness underlying intense fruit flavours.

I found this wine insipid with negligible acidity - certainly not enough to cut through the overpowering sweetness. The nose displays a little petrol and floral notes but the flavour was, well, utterly under-whelming with just a hint of apricot and peach. However, if sweet wine is your tipple then at pounds 3.69 you can't go far wrong.

The pounds 4.99 M--con Villages chardonnay 2010, by Henri de Lorgere is a Decanter Bronze medallist and was commended at the International Wine Challenge. Hailing from the south of Burgundy, the wines of M--con Villages are considered some of the world's best value chardonnays.

The Henri de Lorgere is certainly respectable with an apple and peach nose. It has apple and honey flavours with a crisp acidity. It's not a classic but pretty decent at the low price.

I'll be reviewing some of Aldi's award-winning Reds in a fortnight.

. ? Fact of the Week: Aldi is short for Albrecht Discount... well now you know!
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2012
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