Lidl has unveiled its autumn 2017 range, the 'French Collection', which hits stores on Thursday 28th September...
The Lidl Wine Cellar French Collection consists of 26 brand new wines for the autumn – 22 from France plus four additions from elsewhere in the world.
Scroll down to see the best Lidl wines from the new autumn collection
One of our stars of the new range, a Côtes du Jura Chardonnay, demonstrates that the supermarket is not just sticking to the well-trodden regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Loire and Rhône valleys.
If you’re feeling adventurous, this range certainly has as much to offer as it does for those who are more at home in the classic regions.
The French Collection is available online and in stores from 28th September, and as always it’s a ‘while stocks last’ affair.
The wines have all been approved by Lidl’s panel of three Masters of Wine.
The best Lidl wines from the autumn collection:
Milky, doughy and nutty, with baked apple and spices. This is a deliciously zingy example of Chardonnay from Jura, where the usual rules of winemaking don't seem to apply. There is some bretty spice and oxidised richness on the mid-palate, adding complex notes that will work well with soft cheeses…
Gewürztraminer is like no other grape variety. This example from Alsace makes the point, with exotic, perfumed lychee and turkish delight aromas. There is good texture and body, with floral and soft stone fruit flavours ending with a touch of honey and fresh acidity. Try pairing with an aromatic curry.
The Mâconnais is where the value is in Burgundy. This wine has a lovely soft, round melon character with tropical highlights. It is creamy, with a slightly woody texture but doesn't overpower with richness. A bright, fresh wine perfect with a chicken salad.
Fresh and herby aromas lead with a touch of green apple. The palate is light, with green apple and a hint of tropical fruit, finishing on a note of grapefruit.
A classic grassy, nettley take on white Bordeaux, with crisp green apple and freshly cut grass scents and flavours with a touch of citrus on the juicy mid-palate. An excellent food wine.
Alsace is world-renowned for its white wines, and this dry Riesling doesn't disappoint. It has a lime and apple-drenched palate, with a backbone of acidity running through to keep things fresh and light. Good value.
This 100% Carignan wine has a vibrant red fruit and herb nose. On the palate, there's a rich concentration of cherry and blackberry alongside vanilla, liquorice and tar notes. Delicious.
It's always nice to find a Champagne at this price that isn't just a bucket of acidity. It's still evident here, but is dialled down to appreciable levels. It has a fairly lean appley flavour accompanied by richer cream, spice and delicate red fruits. Nicely balanced, but better if tucked…
A great value for money wine, with a lovely leather and spice aroma, plenty of ripe tannins, and concentrated, mulchy fruits, tobacco and spice. It has a bright finish of red fruit and more spices.
This Bordeaux has a lovely nose of ripe hedgerow fruit which draws you in. There is some fairly concentrated red and black fruit on the palate, with subtle, soft tannins and a touch of herbaceousness. Lacks some weight and depth.
This wine is a vin doux naturel - fermentation is halted by fortifying to 15% before the yeast can consume all the sugar. It has fragrant, floral aromas of stone fruit and spiced pear. The palate is rich and dense, with a green fruit complexity of baked apple and ripe…
Sweet, juicy cherry and spice flavours are accompanied by a refreshing grapefruit bitterness, providing balance and a lick of zestiness.
If you enjoy a richer style of Chardonnay, then the juicy, chewy toffee and baked apple flavours of this non-vintage blend from California might just be what you are looking for. It's all wrapped up in vanilla and fragrant wood.
This wine, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Viognier, has a juicy stone fruit and apple character with citrus brightness. It's pretty basic, but easy drinking.