It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no I’m not referring to the Christmas season (calm down peeps, it’s not even Halloween yet). Today marks the beginning of one of my favourite wine sales, the Auchan wine fair.
Every year I use the occasion to stock up on old favourites and new discoveries. This year I was lucky enough to attend the wine fair’s press conference, so I’ve had a sneak preview of the selection on offer. You’ll have a choice of over 400 wines at discounted prices so trust me when I say now is THE time to fill up your wine fridge! Afterall: Winter is Coming!
The 2018 fair will take place from today (September 24th) until October 6th in Auchan Kirchberg and at their new-ish store in Differdange. All of the wines have been hand picked by the Auchan’s sommeliers and include Luxembourgish and French vintage wines from 2015 & 2016, organic wines and wines without sulphites. You can browse all the wines on offer on Auchan’s website and some wines are even available at Auchan drive, which if you’re as lazy as I am, is a perfect solution. If you want to taste before you buy, the very charming store sommeliers will be available during the fair to guide you through the various wines and even give tips on what to pair with your top picks.
As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of the L&R Kox Winery so I am beyond excited to see a variety of their wines offered this year (hint: their Pinot Blanc 2012 Charta is a must-buy). L&R Kox is always at the top of my list when it comes to Luxembourgish wines; the domaine is owned by one of the loveliest families I’ve met and each bottle they produce is worth indulging in. If you’re interested to know more, you can read an article I wrote about them here or visit their website.
Regardless of what kind of wine you’re after here are my tips for getting the most out of the wine fair:
1- Buy, buy, buy for the holiday season, you won’t be able to beat these prices and if you overbuy, Auchan is always happy to take back any unused/unwanted bottles (no time limit on returns…just keep your receipt or have them swipe your store card as all purchases are then in the system).
2- Differdange and Kirchberg locations will have a different selection of wine, so stop by both if you’re really serious about filling your cellar with a variety of wine.
3- Talk to the store sommeliers, they are super friendly and excited about sharing all their selections with you. All of the wines will be available for tasting and they will be happy to help you find your perfect wine!
4- If you don’t have time to talk to the sommeliers, pick up the Auchan wine fair flier, it lists food pairings for different bottles and some bottles even have notes regarding recommendations for when to drink it/how long to age it.
My top picks:
Saint Emilio Grand Cru 2015, Cote deBaleau: This one tastes more aged than it actually is with hints of dried or stewed fruits. In reality, there aren’t that many wines built to last (according to wine experts-maybe only 3% of the market).
Kox Pinto Blanc 2012 Charta, Luxembourg: This wine is an overall winner. Plenty of fruity notes, but still dry and easy to pair with a variety of dishes. Price/quality are outstanding!
La Reine Pedauque Aloxe-Corton 2014: If you’re looking to impress at a dinner party or offer a great bottle of wine to a friend, this is an outstanding choice! You can either drink it immediately or let it age…I’d say a good investment either way.