Part II: Lidl Wine Cellar review

Lidl logoLast week I reviewed the more expensive wines (ranging from £14.99 down to £7.99) of Lidl's recent additions to its Wine Cellar range – and this week I promised a look at the £5.99 and £4.99 wines from this latest launch. All French and all pretty good as it turns out – but are they value for money?

Yes they are particularly when you consider that it's getting increasing difficult to find a wine - any wine whether plain drinkable or even just blah! tasting – priced under £4.99. So to have a reasonable choice within, what is, a premium wine range from a supermarket is good news.

The wines are reviewed below and marked, again, using the Lidl marks out of a 100 system a system made popular by the influencial American wine critic Robert Parker), so if you see a wine rated between 100 and 95 on the Lidl 100-point scale this means it's 'a great wine'.

Below 95 it still good - 94 to 90 is rated as 'superior character and style'; 89 to 85 shows 'special qualities' and 84 to 80 is a 'solid, well-made wine'.

Well how did they do then? 86 to 80 out of 100.

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Serabel Chusclan, Côtes du Rhône Red

£5.99 Lidl

Lidl Points Rating 88/100: wine exhibits special qualities

Paula's Points Rating 86/100: a really good wine at a really good price

This blend of hearty Grenache and Syrah grape varieties (with a few others added in small quantities for good measure) makes for a cherry and treacle tasting wine with an earthy beetrootiness that means it matches the beef and onion lunch-time baguette rather well.

Grand Fief de Retail, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2014, Loire White

£5.99 Lidl

Lidl Points Rating 88/100: wine exhibits special qualities

Paula's Points Rating 85/100: nice

A nice example of a 'sur lie' white where the wine is allowed to remain on the dead yeast cells after its initial change from grape juice to young vino, so allowing for a creamy honeyiness to come through on the flavour. Or put more simply, it tastes lightly of lemon-flavoured Strepsils.

Beaujolais Villages Red, 2014

£5.99 Lidl

Lidl Points Rating 88/100: wine exhibits special qualities

Paula's Points Rating 80/100: well-made but innocuous

Beaujolais can taste a bit insignificant – that's it's great selling point – it doesn't taste too much of anything so there's nothing to dislike is there? This soft cherry-tasting wine would make a good choice for a meal gathering where you have to please lots of people.

Le Chevalier d'Aguilar Cuvée Rèserve Fitou 2013, Languedoc Roussillon Red

£5.99 Lidl

Lidl Points Rating 85/100: wine exhibits special qualities

Paula's Points Rating 80/100: solid

Another light red, which is surprising because Fitou reds contain the hearty red grape varieties of Grenache and Carignan. But if you want a plum-tasting red then you can't go wrong at the price.

Gris 2014, Languedoc Roussillon Rosé

£4.99 Lidl

Lidl Points Rating: 84/100: solid well-made wine

Paula's Points Rating 80/100: a light rosé in a pretty shaped bottle

The cheapest wine in this latest batch of wines to the Wine Cellar range tastes light and vaguely fruity.

This article also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk