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Monteney (France) Graves 2002
The red partner to this white Bordeaux, the Monteney 2003 Bordeaux Merlot, has been picking up plaudits including a bronze medal in the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and indeed it is a very good wine at £3.99, also from Aldi, that avoids any jamminess and offers some good, concentrated fruit. But for me this white is the star of the show with succulent pear and melon fruit, a streak of lemon, and just a background hint of vanillin oak adding a creaminess. The palate is solidly packed with citrus and crisp red apple fruit, in a big, zesty mouthful of flavour that is powerful through the mid palate, and just fills out into the finish with a little more of that creamy oak quality. Acidity is well-balanced, and this concentrated, tangy white wine is bottled in screwcap to retain plenty of zing. £3.99 Aldi.