Last week I bought four wines in the Superquinn Autumn French Wine Sale, here are the results on the last two...
Saumur Cabernet Franc 2009 (€7 reduced from €10-49) This was not bad, not great but not bad. There was some nice raspberry fruit and some decent tannins but I don't think the various elements gelled to form a cohesive whole.
Rare Vineyards Malbec 2009 (€6 reduced from €9-99) Initially this tasted a bit cheap and cheerful, but as we slowly finished off the bottle the original slight harshness wore off and the flavours rounded out a bit. Again, not bad and for €6, what do you expect? But for a few quid more I'd drink this every time.
I should also say that there are several old favourites of mine on the sale that deserve a mention:
La Baume Viognier (€8 reduced from €10-65) - Delicious with lots of peachy fruitiness.
Superquinn Classic collection Petit Chablis (€10) Crisp, lean and lovely.
Domaine Cristia Cotes Du Ventoux (€7 reduced from €14-99) Spicy and Rhoney and great value as priced.
Chat En Oeuf (€8 reduced from €11-99) A budget Chateauneuf that really delivers.
Domaine De Brunely Vacqueyras (€12 reduced from €17-99) I wouldn't pay full whack for this but as priced it's a big beefy bargain.
There are a few more expensive Bordeaux but I haven't had much luck with them over the last 18 months. Your mileage, of course, may vary.