When it comes to wine, it’s easy to feel like we don’t know enough about the stuff other than that a high price tag must mean better plonk, right?
Except at Aldi, where that’s just not true. Independent wine critic and TV personality Jilly Goolden put Aldi’s Autumn Winter range of bottles to the test, including a fantastic Aldi champagne – with some pleasantly surprising results.
After tasting Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut with her expert palette (an 18-year stint on top BBC TV show Food and Drink doesn’t teach you nothing), Jilly valued the bubbly tipple at £25 – nearly double its actual price tag of £12.99. The bottle also scored extremely well in Good Housekeeping’s annual Christmas taste test, coming second only to a £23.99 Waitrose bottle and beating many other higher priced champagnes to nab the runner-up spot.
As well as the Aldi champagne, Jilly consistently valued every bottle in the supermarket’s seasonal wine offering at either the same or (more often) higher than its current retail price: the Specially Selected Mâcon Villages came in at 33 per cent higher (£9.99 versus its actual retail price of £7.49), while she rated the Specially Selected Chilean Gran Reserva Pinot Noir at £10.99, when its real price tag is just £6.99.
Jilly Goolden said: ‘I drink a lot of wines that are £8 and under, and I believe you can find some fantastic wines that don’t cost the earth – if you know how to find them! Aldi’s new Autumn Winter range in particular, shows you don’t have to buy an expensive bottle of wine or a famous brand to get fantastic quality.
‘From its moreish Mâcon Villages 2019 wine to its sumptuous Gran Reserva Pinot Noir from Chile, there’s something for every wine drinker, including some really surprising and exciting bottles that I will certainly be stocking in my wine rack this season.’
If it’s good enough for Jilly…