Aldi launches Christmas premium wine range as British consumers become sofa’melliers over lockdown

  • Following the first lockdown almost half of Brits (44%) are looking to learn more about wine

  • Aldi has launched new premium tipples, including a Borolo, Super Tuscan and a Chateauneuf du Pape aimed at the 52% of consumers looking to experiment with wine

  • The supermarket is offering a free online tasting tutorial with Mistress of Wine expert Sam Caporn

Lockdown has created a nation of sofa’melliers, with nearly half (44%) attempting to learn more about wine and a quarter trying something new.

Not one to sniff at a challenge, Aldi has launched a selection of premium wines in response, with price tags as low as £5.49.

Aimed at the 52% of consumers looking to experiment with new premium tipples, the range includes a Barolo, Gigondas, and White Chateauneuf du Pape.

Aldi says the launch will appeal to the growing number of wine shoppers who are turning to the supermarket over specialist drinks retailers for top quality wines. The range follows in the footsteps of Aldi’s premium online-only Classic Icons range, which is proving incredibly popular since its launch last year.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, comments: “Seeing the likes of Chateauneuf du Pape and Super Tuscan wines at these prices will come as a surprise to some. Our wine buying team has done a superb job of working with our esteemed winemakers to ensure we have the very best wines at unbeatable prices this Christmas.”

To celebrate the launch of its latest range and in a bid to quench the increasing thirst for wine knowledge, Aldi ran a live virtual tasting hosted by Mistress of Wine, Sam Caporn you can watch a recording of the tasting here… 

Sam will demonstrate how to taste wine, help consumers get to grips with the different regions and grape varieties and talk through the tasting notes of a selection of the new range, as well as recommending some fantastic festive food pairings.

Sam Caporn says: “It’s really encouraging that so many people want to learn more and explore wines they might not have tried before. Together with Aldi, I want this live stream to open up the sometimes intimidating world of wine to shoppers and help them identify what to look for. Giving people more confidence to choose wines they’ll enjoy will help bring a smile to dinner tables around the country this Christmas.”

Watch Sam Caporn’s tasting video to arm yourself with the knowledge to become a Sofa’Mellier and impress those around the Zoom, calls or, fingers crossed, the actual Christmas Day dinner table next month!

Peter Morrell, Editor, comments “I recently tried one of the wines in the Aldi Christmas range and it was delicious. The wine was a red, the Montagne St Emilion 2016, from one of the best regarded areas around the historic town of St Emilion, which is less than an hour’s drive East of Bordeaux.

The wine is produced by Chassaux et Fils, and is a single varietal, using the merlot grape. The wine pours a ruby red indicating its depth of flavour, in the bouquet there are strong aromas of ripe blackcurrant, plums and hints of spice. On the palate the assertive fruit remains and are joined by cherry flavours together with leather and floral notes.

The body sits between medium and full, and the tannins are well balanced making it a very smooth drink. The lingering finish is persistent with a good show of dark, ripe fruit. This wine would be the ideal companion to the traditional turkey or rare steak. Think about trying it with a mature Stilton for a sophisticated finale to your meal.

Aldi’s new premium wines are available in store and on the website now:

White

  • Jean Bouchard Petit Chablis 2019 (£8.49, 75cl)
  • Specially Selected Chablis Premier Cru (£13.99, 75cl)
  • Specially Selected Sancerre 2019 (£11.49, 75cl)
  • Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (£7.99, 75cl)
  • Domaine Pierre Marchand et Fils Pouilly-Fumé 2019 (£9.99, 75cl)
  • Grand Vallon Grande Reserve Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc (£14.99, 75cl)

Red

  • Corte Carista Amarone della Valpolicella 2017 (£13.99, 75cl)
  • Les Grandes Terres Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 (£14.99, 75cl)
  • Ca’Solare Barolo 2016 (£12.99, 75cl)
  • Specially Selected St EmIlion (£7,49, 75cl)
  • Chateau Chantemerle Medoc 2017 (£7.49, 75cl)
  • Specially Selected Brouilly 2019 (£6.49, 75cl)
  • Rioja Gran Reserva (£8.49,75cl)
  • Specially Selected Beaujolais Villages (£5.49,75cl)
  • Specially Selected Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 (£6.49,75cl)
  • Princes de France Gigondas 2018 (£9.99, 75cl)
  • Brunello di Montalcino (£16.99, 75cl)
  • Piccini Super Tuscan 2016 (£9.99, 75cl) – online only
  • Lebanese Red (£9.99, 75cl)
  • Premium Douro (£12.99, 75cl)
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