The best supermarket red wines for Christmas 2017

Article date: 26 November 2017

Best Christmas wines 2017

The consensus among critics this year for Chritmas is for Rhône-like reds; think syrah, think grenache. It’s probably not worth obsessing which red to have with turkey, just choose something with a bit of character. And there’s a good deal of characterful wines below.

ALDI

Cairanne

Domaine de la Belle Estelle Cairanne 2016 – £7.99

Southern Rhône blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre.
Buy from Aldi

Domaine Lou Fréjou Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Lou Fréjou Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – £15.99

Powerful, heady stuff.
Buy from Aldi

ASDA

Extra Special Saint Emilion

Asda Extra Special Saint Emilion 2015 – £8.98

A traditional choice and a lovely blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
Buy from Asda

COOP

Château Beaumont 2014 Cru Bourgeois France – £13.99

A safe bet.

Château Jouanin 2012 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux – £8.99

A proper claret at a very reasonable price.

LAITHWAITES

HJ Fabre Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon

HJ Fabre Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – £15.99

A proper fire side red that needs decanting.
Buy from Laithwaites

Deep Woods Estate Redlands

Deep Woods Estate Redlands Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2013 – £14.99

Serve this if you’re having a rare rib of beef
Buy from Laithwaites

LIDL

Brunello di Montalcino – £15.99

One of Italy’s great red wines.

MAJESTIC

Majestic Parcel Series Claret

Majestic Parcel Series Claret, St-Emilion – £15.99 (as part of a mix six case)

Nod, nod, wink, wink, mum’s the word – Majestic aren’t letting on who’s made this, but they are letting on it’s very good.
Buy from Majestic

Domaine d’Aigle Pinot Noir

Domaine d’Aigle Pinot Noir 2014 – £14.99 (as part of a mix six case)

Spicy fruit, a match for any festive bird.
Buy from Majestic

Enseduna Marselan 2016

Enseduna Marselan 2016 – £6.99 (as part of a mix six case)

An unusal blend of cabernet sauvignon and grenache.
Buy from Majestic

Definition Côtes Du Rhône

Definition Côtes Du Rhône 2016 – £8.99 (as part of a mix six case)

The very definition of a Côtes Du Rhône!
Buy from Majestic

M&S

Iona One Man Band Red, Elgin, South Africa 2013

Iona One Man Band Red, Elgin, South Africa 2013 – £16

A very classy red wine from one of South Africa’s best producers of white.
Buy from M&S

Meyer Family Vineyards Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir

Meyer Family Vineyards Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir – £20

Maybe you’re doing something unexpected this christmas, like salmon? Why not serve a wine to match from somewhere unexpected, like Canada?
Buy from M&S

Terres de Moraines, Madiran 2013

Terres de Moraines, Madiran 2013 – £9.50

An accessible wine, but with a bit of complexity and spice
Buy from M&S

Bushvine Cinsault

Bushvine Cinsault 2016 South Africa – £8

Cranberries and other christmassy flavours.
Buy from M&S

MORRISONS

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2014

Morrisons The Best Priorat 2014 – £10

One of the best from Morrisons, full-stop.
Buy from Morrisons

Le Verdier Cairanne 2015

Le Verdier Cairanne 2015 – £7 (on offer)

Plump and spicy, a winter warmer. And right now, a real bargain.
Buy from Morrisons

The Best Western Australia Cabernet Sauvignon

Morrisons The Best Western Australia Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 – £7

A good match for festive roast dinners of all kinds.
Buy from Morrisons

SAINSBURY’S

Taste The Difference Azana

Taste The Difference Azana Red Blend – £9

Once again, that magic blend of shiraz (or syrah), grenache and mourvèdre.
Buy from Sainsbury’s

Taste The Difference Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Taste The Difference Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – £14

A cracking wine and a cracking vintage.
Buy from Sainsbury’s

TESCO

Tesco Finest Aglianico

Tesco Finest Aglianico, Campania, Italy 2015 – £9

This could be a great match for turkey.
Buy from Tesco

Tesco Finest Saint-Chinian

Tesco Finest Saint-Chinian 2016 – £7.50

Juicy, plummy, smoky; great with any roast.
Buy from Tesco

Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir

Tesco Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2016 – £12.50

Made by Villa Maria and a good match for the main event.
Buy from Tesco

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2014

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2014 – £15

Silky smooth with a long lingering finish.
Buy from Tesco

WAITROSE

Brune et Blonde Côte Rôtie

Brune et Blonde Côte Rôtie 2013 – £39.99

As a friend once said about good wine, it gave him as much pleasure as reading a great book.
Buy from Waitrose

La Bastide Blanche Bandol

La Bastide Blanche Bandol – £14.79

Organic wine made from 100% mourvèdre
Buy from Waitrose

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