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:

Domaine Quillot, Côtes du Jura, Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes,

Domaine Quillot, Côtes du Jura, Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes,

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…

Points 90
Lidl, Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes, Alsace, France, 2016

Lidl, Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes, Alsace, France, 2016

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.

Points 90
Henri Larue, Pouilly-Loché, Burgundy, France, 2016

Henri Larue, Pouilly-Loché, Burgundy, France, 2016

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.

Points 89
Hans Michel, Riesling, Alsace, France, 2015

Hans Michel, Riesling, Alsace, France, 2015

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.

Points 89
Bissinger, Brut Rosé, Champagne, France

Bissinger, Brut Rosé, Champagne, France

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…

Points 88
Château Donissan, Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux, France, 2012

Château Donissan, Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux, France, 2012

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.

Points 88
Colomban, Muscat de St-Jean-de-Minervois

Colomban, Muscat de St-Jean-de-Minervois

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…

Points 88
Rex Goliath, Chardonnay, California, USA

Rex Goliath, Chardonnay, California, USA

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.

Points 87

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