JPOC's guide to buying wine in the Marktkauf supermarket in Germany

Marktkauf is a chain of large supermarkets that sell a very wide range of products. You will not find them on every corner and they all come with car parks so they are aimed at a large catchment area.

They have a pretty wide range of wines at prices from three marks to about twenty five. The value is not as good as in the smaller supermarkets but the range is a lot wider. Perhaps it is a consequence of trying to offer a wide range but the quality is a little variable so you need to take care. Perhaps they should head hunt the chap who selects wine for the Plus chain.

Below, you will see a selection of the wine that you can currently buy from this shop along with my comments and ratings.

My current favourites are the 1999 Colli Senesi Chianti, the 1999 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre del Sole and, when it is in stock, the 1999 Chateau La Fontaine Saint-Justin.

Red wines (Top choices first)
Wine Comments Price in Euro Awards
Montana Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Kiwi wine is the greatest! 7.89 Best New Zealand wine in the shop!
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1998 Savella Worth the money, good indeed 3.57 Best of type
Chianti La Arcarta 2002 Entry level Chianti at a fair price 2.49
Chateau Charrier 2001 Too expensive 4.85
Chateau Lhorens 2000 Too expensive 4.34
Chateau Longbosq 2000 Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux at a fair price 5.00
Chianti Colli Senesi 2001 A good choice indeed. 2.55 Best Chianti below Euro3
Wine Comments Price in DeM Awards
Terre Del Sole Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, 1999 Another splendid wine from Italy 4.49 Best of type
2000 Chianti Colli Fiorentini Not quite so good as the 1999 but at least they dropped the price 5.99
Chateau Marqueleau 1999 Overpriced and best forgotten 9.49
Merlot del Veneto 2000 Too sweet for a wine described as semi dry 3.79
Barbera Piemonte 2000 Another drinkable wine below DeM4 3.79
Pierre Moulin Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays dOc 2000 A scrummy French country wine 3.99
Cantata Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2000 A little too acid 3.79
Castillo Varez 2000 Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, not as good as last years. 3.79
White wines
Wine Comments Price in DeM Awards
Giolano Soave 2000 Cooking wine 2.99
Recamier NV Champagne Thumbs down 19.95
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