JPOC's guide to buying wine in the Karstadt in Germany

Karstadt is a large chain of department stores. Like many, each store has a food hall. I guess that you would have to be rich indeed to use them for your regular shop but they do have a tempting range.

The wine is the same. Much is expensive and I will not be writing a lot about the top end of their stock. Unless they decide to let me have some free samples of course.

I will write about some of the less expensive wines in the store though.

Many stores that used to be branded Hertie became Karstadt stores around then end of 2007. They all had the same parent company and before the rebranding they all had much the same range of wines anyway. Some of the smaller "old Herties" and Karstadt stores were then sold off and they now keep the Hertie name alive.

Since my local "used to be a Hertie" became a Karstadt, my focus will be there.

Reds
Wine Comments Price in Euro Awards
Chateau Reysson 2005 Rather hit and miss 8.99
Clos Malverne Devonet 2007 Cape Blend Merlot Pinotage A blend which is less than the sum of its parts 6.99
Ruyters Bin 2007 Pinotage Rather good budget South African 4.99 Best 5 Euro S.African in store
Nederburg Pinotage 2007 Stunningly good value 5.99 Best wine below 10 Euros in store
Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Silky smooth, yummy 5.99
Saint Clair Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007 I cannot recommend this 11.99
Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 Going back for more 5.99
Chianti Conti Serristori 2007 OK but in no way special 3.99
Gentilhomme Cotes du Rhone 2007 Good as last year's 5.99
Louis Eschenauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Decent wine for a bargain price 2.99 Best cheapie in store
Pulcino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2006 Very good 4.99 Best budget Italian in store
Babich Winemaker's Reserve 2004 Hawke's Bay Pinotage Absolute top choice 16.99 Best wine below 20 Euros
Chateau Maillard 2005 Worth about half what we paid 5.99
Chateau Bel Air 2007 A decent choice 3.99 Best budget red Bordeaux in store
Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Valle Central, Chile Silky smooth 5.99
Vina Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Valle Central, Chile OK but you can do better for this money 5.99
Trivento 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Good choice - I'm going back for more 4.99 Best budget S.American Cab Sav in store
Cousino Macoul Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Valle del Maipo, Chile At least it didn't get any worse in 2007 which means that it performed better than your sub prime portfolio 7.99
Chateau la Lande 2004 Dark, full bodied, plummy and yummy 4.99 Best inexpensive Bordeaux in store
Heritage du Rhone 2001 One to enjoy. 5.49
Maurice Granier Beaujolais 2003 Fresh'n'Fruity! 3.99
Chateau Bel Air 2004 Not bad, but not special 3.99
Chateau de Chantemerle 2003 I doubt that rat poison tastes much worse 2.99
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