Marks and Spencer launched its first range of wines in the early 1970s, around the same time I was born, and we've both come a long way since then.
To mark its 40th anniversary of wine retailing, M&S has launched a case of classic favourites - they sent me two to try: an elegant Chablis and a full-on, fun-loving Rioja.
Toasty citrus, melon skin nose - taut green apple and white pear with linear acidity, a touch of lime zest and a brazil-nut creaminess; lingering finish.
Absolutely textbook Chablis - very elegant and classy. Lovely aperitif or match with poached white fish in a creamy sauce. Very Good.
Marques de Romeral Rioja 2007
Black cherry, sweet vanilla spice, aged leather and hint of undergrowth with soft, mouthfilling tannins; this is a classic aged Rioja, done in a crowd-pleasing, rather full-on, sort of way.
It could not be more different to the alluringly restrained elegance of the Chablis; for me the initial exuberance falls apart slightly at the finish, but otherwise it is quite enjoyable.
Match with roast lamb or hearty stews.
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