Our French wine sale begins this Wednesday, May13th and is running right throught the weekend until Tuesday the 19th, so for all the Francophiles reading this, there can be no better time to pick up a few bottles.
With over 300 wines covering a wide variety of wine styles and with sale prices starting from just €9.19 there's something here to suit everyone.
I have picked out just a few of my favourites below, but to see the full range, click here or even better why not drop in to your local O’Briens store.
As an aperitif, I think the white wines from the Côtes-de-Gascogne are hard to beat; crisp, dry and relatively high in acid they are just the thing to set those taste-buds tingling.
Domaine Duffour (Sale Price € 9.19) is a fantastic example, bursting with fruit and pungent Sauvignon-style aromatics, this is a fantastic white from a family owned and run-estate in Gascony. Hugely popular with staff and customers alike, this is a must try if you are not already a fan.
If Sauvignon is your thing, then we have great choices running from the bone-dry in Sancerre right up to some fuller-flavoured examples that would put you in mind of Marlborough, New Zealand.
Sophie Bertin Sancerre (Sale Price €15.99) has terrific minerality and is a fantastic of how good Sancerre should taste, try it with a zingy goat's cheese salad for a taste sensation.
If you are looking for something fruitier, Joel Delauney Sauvignon Blanc (Sale Price € 11.99) has fantastic aromatics and is herbaceous, fruity and very, very Sauvignon Blanc! This is exactly the 'New Zealand' style that Ireland loves. This wine would work well with meatier fish dishes or even a Thai Green curry.
Possibly the most versatile white wine in Ireland is Chanson Mâcon-Villages (Sale Price € 13.59), not too fruity, not too dry, just perfectly poised between crunchy green apple fruit and soft warm honey flavours. This is a great all-round wine that drinks well on its own but can match a wide variety of food from fresh shellfish to roast poultry.
Staying with versatility as a theme, Côtes-du-Rhône reds tend to have restrained tannins and a ripe fruit profile that allows them to match easily with a wide range of dishes.
OrtasReserve (Sale Price € 10.79) is an absolute classic Côtes-du-Rhône made by multi-award winning producer (Caves de Rasteau) .Made in an upfront juicy style with lots of fruits of the forest flavours, this is far better than any other Rhône at this level.
Moving into Bordeaux and Château la Nauze (Sale Price €15.99) is a delicious Merlot-based red, which has abundant, ripe blackberry/blackcurrant fruit, complemented by flavours of cherry, vanilla & liquorice with perfectly-ripe silky tannins all very well balanced by some subtle use of oak. Pair this up with some grilled lamb chops and you are in for a real treat.
To finish my selection I have chosen an intense red from the south of France, L'Ostal Cazes Estibals (Sale Price €13.59) has a superb density of dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, new French oak and complex sweet spices. This is a wine that is crying out for a juicy rib-eye steak.