Tour De France wines

Sainsbury's TTD Vintage Champagne 2005, France. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
Sainsbury's TTD Vintage Champagne 2005, France. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Vintage Champagne 2005, France (£25, Sainsbury’s). A blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir from premier cru and grand cru grapes, this is a really good quality, fruity and elegant champagne that’s keenly priced.

L es Terrasses de L’Argentier Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2012, France (£9.99, www.virginwines.co.uk) is overflowing with zingy apricot fruit, grassy notes and has an easy-drinking appeal that’s ideal for a picnic lunch as you wait for the yellow jersey to ride through.

Les Terrasses de L'Argentier Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2012, France. Picture:  PA Photo/Handout.

Les Terrasses de L'Argentier Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2012, France. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Cuvee Le Gentleman 2011 AOC Ventoux, Domaine Vintur, France (£13.95, www.winedirect.co.uk) is named in honour of Bradley Wiggins and his sporting disposition. Made from old vine grenache, topped up with syrah (shiraz), mourvedre and carignan it’s rich, fruity, relatively high in alcohol (14.5% abv) thanks to the sun-drenched slopes, and tastes utterly delicious.

Cuvee Le Gentleman 2011 AOC Ventoux, Domaine Vintur, France. Picture: Photo/Handout.

Cuvee Le Gentleman 2011 AOC Ventoux, Domaine Vintur, France. Picture: Photo/Handout.