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8 'Super-wines' for under 2 Euros!
01 June 2018 @ 20:00

The oenologist and writer Joan C. MartÌn has been tasting wines for years, bought at supermarkets. His work, as the author of 'Los Supervinos 2018', consists of capturing aromas and analysing labels. He study each bottle and, once proven its origin and its price, among other factors, it is given a score on a scale of 10 points (or five 'Eyes').


The eight wines reviewed in this article are the only ones that, without going over two euro mark, this year have deserved a score that ranges between 9.5 and 9.9 (equivalent to four eyes). Wines that clearly gather more virtues than would appear at first sight. Wines that are worth more than they cost. Wines that are available to any consumer with any budget, and in the eyes of an expert, stand out from among the hundreds of references competing to get into your shopping trolley.

Los Supervinos is the most sold wine guide in Spain because it includes a selection of 110 superwines that cost less than 7 euros and another 40 that do not exceed 15. Extremely interesting and above all informative for those who know little about wines. These superwines bring unrivalled value for money to everyone's dinner table enabling wine to be a daily enjoyment, although always in moderation of course! Here are the stars of the show this year, I can vouch for Comportillo Rosé, a wine I have often enjoyed in Summer. Naturally you will not find many red's in this list beacue of the cost involved in producing reds, in fact, I was amazed to see even one and a 'crianza' at that! Torre Oria is a red wine I have often seen in Mercadona and always shied away from because of the price - foolish me! I will definitely be trying it this weekend. As for the others I will work my way through them shortly! If you have any feedback on any of these wines please post a comment.

 

 

 

Blancauvas - White (1,65)

A young white "fresh, fruity and acidic" that alludes to the story on the label and of which Joan C. MartÌn highlights "a very favorable quality-price ratio". It does not accept any Denomination of Origin, but we do know that Torre Oria makes it with Sauvignon Blanc and Viura grapes. It can only be purchased at Mercadona.

 

Viñas Altas - White (1,94)

A wine from the Condado de Huelva made with zulema grapes, a very old variety in which, according to the author, there is "magic and mystery". With a greenish yellow color and a white fruit aroma, Martín believes that "the supermarket has scraped the limits to have a great product at a low price". Available in El Corte Inglés and Hipercor.

Pluvium - Rosé  (1,36)

A mixture of Bobal and Garnacha grapes -something rare in the Mediterranean, with which Vicente Gandía has obtained a wine that "tastes great!". The screw cap, in addition, works perfectly, because it is a wine "that is not going to mature with age". For sale in Carrefour, Consum, Masymas and Vidal.

Los Molinos - Rosé (1,65)

Joan C. Martín says that Felix Solis is one of the wineries that, despite managing industrial dimensions, better transmits its personality to wine. Elaborated in Valdepeñas, the author also highlights that "the rosés from central Spain do not usually achieve the intensity of color of the Mediterranean rosés", but points out that this wine is an "impressive" exception. "A luxury pink at popular prices" which can also be purchased at many establishments: Alcampo, Alimerla, Caprabo, Cash Diplo, Consum, Condis, Dia, Dinosol, Eroski, Gadisa, Hiber, Hyperusera, Masymas, Simply, Supersol, Unide. ..

Gran Castillo -  Rosé (1,75)

Another rosé from the Utiel-Requena area, where "the tradition of making rosés with bobal is very well established", but in this case Murviedro winery. According to Joan C. MartÌn, an "exquisite and well-made" wine. Available in Consum.

Comportillo - Rosé (1,89)
The only Rioja on the list has many virtues. According to the description of the guide, "a magnificent and superactive pink, bright red" that belongs to a brand that produces exclusively for Mercadona.

Castillo de Lliria - Rosé -  Bobal (1,89)

Joan C. Martín sees in this DO Valencia wine "traces of finesse and elegance typical of a more expensive rosé", which also combine perfectly with the Mediterranean gastronomy. The price, according to the author, "supposes a gift". It can be found in Carrefour, Consum, Lidl, Masymas, Mercadona and Vidal.

Torre Orias - Red - Crianza (2.00)

The only red wine with four eyes and that does not exceed two euros is made in the Utiel-Requena area with Tempranillo grapes. An "easy to drink, friendly and light" wine from the 2013 vintage. For sale only at Mercadona.

 

So there you have it! Why not go out and give them a go!



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Falcón said:
01 June 2018 @ 20:36

Super wonderful article, it is lovely. Buenísimo!! It would be good taste .
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE...


MrsMop said:
01 June 2018 @ 22:48

Brilliant ...screen shot taken for reference!😉🍷


anthomo16 said:
02 June 2018 @ 08:54

thank you so much I have printed this off if that is OK? I know nothing of wine but now love a fruity red. If there is a white that tastes simlar to Pinot Grigio please let me know....Many thanks


Sarah B said:
02 June 2018 @ 09:49

I too love the Comportillo rose from Mercadona and have drunk way too much of it over the last couple of years - however this year Mercadona have hoiked the price up to 2.40 in my local shop. A large rise in one go!


Astronautilus said:
02 June 2018 @ 11:24

It's a pity that Aldi's business philosophy means that what's available now isn't necessarily around in 6 months time, but when available, their Cerro Alto whites and rosés, and La Luna whites take some beating. And for less than 2 euros.

And the best budget red that I've found is Mercadona's Monte Ducay (go for the black label), but for some very odd reason, they allocate very little shelf space to it, so sometimes it's a struggle to find more than 4 or 5 bottles.


Jeff said:
02 June 2018 @ 12:34

I shall investigate these! Cracking post - thank you.


crostrad said:
02 June 2018 @ 14:05

Great post Ian-looking forward to researching some of these the next time we're over.


Rob said:
02 June 2018 @ 15:09

Blancauvas - White (1,65)

I have tried to keep this quiet! bloody amazing wine for the money!


marcbernard said:
09 June 2018 @ 13:28

It seems that Mercadona may have taken your piece as an excuse to increase the price of the Torre Orios to €2.85. I will try it tonight!


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