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

Plus is one of the most widespread supermarket chains in Germany. Wherever I have lived or worked, there has been one in the neighbourhood. The main strength of their wine department is at the budget end. Many other shops have a far wider range and you will rarely see anything over ten marks a bottle in the Plus but, in my experience, at the lower end of the price range, they simply cannot be beaten.

It is unusual to encounter a below par wine and I have never found something really bad. That is better than any of the other supermarket wine departments in Germany.

They sell wine from most parts of the world that produce it.

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 2002 Chilean wines

Red wines (Top choices first)
Wine Comments Price in Euro Awards
Los Chaclos 2002 Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, best value. 1.99 Top Choice
Corvit. Forli 2001 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo My favourite 1.99 Best of type for year in any shop
Los Chaclos Merlot 2002 Chile, Merlot, not as good as the Los Chaclos Cabernet Sauvignon. 2.79
El Tiempo Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 The 2002 Los Chaclos Cabernet Sauvignon is at least as good. 2.99
Wine Comments Price in DeM Awards
Chateau Mounan Barbet 2000 Best way to spend five marks on wine that I know! 4.99 Top Choice,
Best wine below ten marks,
best wine in store
2000 Chianti by Giorgio Gaudio Just as good as the 1999. A good slurp at the right price 3.99 Top Choice,
Best value of type,
Best overall below DeM6
La Terre Merlot, 2000 Vin de Pays d'Oc 3.99 Top Choice,
Joint Best French wine (excluding Bordeaux) in store.
Celestin Planchon Coteaux du Languedoc 2000 Best wine you can buy for less than three and a half marks! 3.49 Top Choice,
Joint Best French wine (excluding Bordeaux) in store.
Grave del Friuli 2000 Merlot Heavier style Italian Merlot 4.99
Le Selci 1999 Chianti Don't mix up the 98 & 99. This one is good 6.99 Best Italian wine in store.
Le Selci 1998 Chianti Duff 6.99
Chateau Meric 2000 It's OK but you can do better for the money 3.99
Chateau Terre Blanche 2000 An honest budget priced claret 3.99
California Ladyqueen 2000 OK but you can do better for the money 3.99
Celestin Planchon Beaujolais Villages 2000 Better than the 1999 but not good enough to get your money out. 4.99
Chateau Du Gestat 2000 It's OK but you can do better for the money 3.99
Chateau de Pellegrine 2000 An honest budget priced claret 3.99 Best value of type.
Bardolino Classico 2000 Fruity and OK but not the best for the price 3.99
Los Caracoles 2000 Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, not the best of the 2000s. 3.99
Cotes Du Rhone 1999 Good value and good wine. 4.59 Selling out fast
Vin de Pays De L'Herault A simple but honest country wine at a good price 1.99 (1 litre)
Mazedonischer Kardarka & Vranac Sweet red Balkan wine 2.49 (1 litre)
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