Two great value French wines for €8.99: a refreshing white and a herby, smooth red

Wines for the Weekend: Head straight to the Languedoc region of France if you want value for money

Wine lovers seeking value for money often head straight to the Languedoc for both red and white wines. This vast area stretching along the Mediterranean from the Spanish border to the river Rhône produces huge quantities of wine. In the past, much was fairly ordinary. However, more know-how and better equipment has led to real improvements in the quality of wine. Try this white and red from Aldi, both on offer at €8.99.

Specially Selected French Roussanne 2021, IGP d’Oc, Chassaux & Fils

13% €8.99

Succulent soft ripe peaches with a refreshing dash of citrus acidity. Great party wine, aperitif or try it with prawn stir-fries.

Fitou Réserve 2021, Pierre Jaurant

14% €8.99

Medium to full bodied with plenty of ripe dark fruits and garrigue – Mediterranean herbs and a smooth finish. Would go very well with garlicky lamb with rosemary or spicy meatballs.