Olly’s Big Name Bargains!—

Big name wines tend to come with hefty price tags. Single bottles from famous French regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy can even cost thousands of pounds which is enough to make an entire bank vault shudder. But there are smart buys from lesser known producers, own-labels, obscure grapes and emerging places which make similar quality wines to make your money go further. For fizz this festive season, my top tip is French Crémant – same technique as Champagne but coming from different places with unique grapes. The results will make your mood go pop.


Château Chantemerle Medoc 2017 (13%) £6.99 Aldi. Aged to perfection, this red Bordeaux is as smart as it gets. A steal of a classic.

Beaujolais Les Pierres Dorées, Cuvée Louis Dépagneux 2018 (13%) £8.50 the Wine Society. Vibrant as an electric cherry, this is the best value Beaujolais in Britain.

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Organic Le Vin des Copains 2019 (13%) £9.99 WaitroseSancerre quality without the soaring price tag – fragrant, peachy and bright.

Savoie ‘Vielles Vigne’ Domaine de L’Idylle 2019 (11.5%) £13.50 Yapp.co.ukExuberant as an orange waltzing the skies in the arms of a mango. Splendour from Savoie.


Crémant de Bordeaux NV (12%) £9 M&SRich moreish bubbly for a price that’s bafflingly light on its feet. Stunning fizz to hoard this season.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 22nd November 2020.

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