For those of you who like a milder flavoured red, I thoroughly recommend this French table wine; Vieille Fontaine Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan, 2010. This incredibly cheap option from Tesco (£3.49 a bottle at the moment) caught my dad’s eye given that it claimed to be a ‘soft red’ (full bodied options tend to give the old man heartburn).
While lacking in the complex, intense aromas that I generally look for in a red, this wine is easy on the palate, with subtle raspberry notes and mellow tannin flavours. After a few mouthfuls the flavours do begin to fall apart a bit, but for anyone new to red wine, or if you fancy just a small glass, this might be the one for you.
It was a winner with my dad whose favourite wines don’t tend to go beyond Portuguese rosés. Having bought a couple more bottles, he has subsequently informed me that it is nice served chilled… ‘A summer red’.