Argentina is rightly famous for its rich and flavoursome Malbec, but it has plenty of other varieties for the wine lover to enjoy, including the red Cabernet Franc, and Torrontés, a white grape. But for years I have been enjoying some very good Chardonnay from Argentina, many very keenly priced, such as the wine below.
Saint-Chinian is one of the lesser-known appellations of Languedoc, in southern France. I usually find it offers good value for money, whether it is from one of the smaller boutique estates or a larger producer, such as the one behind this wine.
Both are from Tesco.
Los Cardos Chardonnay 2019, Mendoza, Argentina, €9
This is a fresh, unoaked Chardonnay with delectable, mouth-watering textured peach and apricot fruits. You could drink it solo, but it would go really well with a grilled salmon steak, a classic prawn cocktail or a prosciutto and melon salad.
Finest Saint-Chinian 2019, Languedoc, €8
This medium-bodied wine is herby and savoury, with supple, ripe black fruits and a touch of wood smoke. It would be perfect with barbecued red meats, or a herby roast of lamb.