Loire red from Intermarché
My rule of thumb on family driving holidays in France is:
- drink local
- go for medal-winners
- spend around €5 - €7 on wines to drink now / in the next 12 months
Driving through the Loire en route back from the south, we stocked up on some local wines from Intermarché; it's a great way to get a general feel for a region without the need to invest too much time or money visiting individual chateaux or producers.
That sort of deep-dive can come later. When teenage children aren't around, for example.
Expert Club Saumur, 2018, (€5, Intermarché) herbaceous raspberry leaf, green pepper, pencil shavings and spice; red and black cherry fruit and soft red berries; mineral and precise; supple, fresh, and elegant.
Match with roast lamb, beef stew or salami.