16th February 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Suertes del Marques Fuentes Listan Negro, Tenerife, 2012 (£10.95, Wine Society)

mix of fragrant red and black fruit, pepper and wiry tannin

Macia Batle Tinto Añada Mallorca, Spain (£10.95, Slurp)

wonderful winter-warming red with plenty of gutsy tannin

Marks & Spencer Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardinia 2013 (M&S, £7.50)

dry Mediterranean white, lemon-fresh with pears, a hint of thyme and salt

Domaine de Torraccia Porto Vecchio Rouge, Corsica, 2011 (£13.95, Yapp Bros)

chewy red of cherry and blackberry; scents of warm earth and woody herb

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko Santorini Greece 2013 (£11.99, Waitrose)

the tang and tingle of lemon pith, zest and juice, smoky minerals

Caruso & Minini Perricone Sicily, Italy 2012 (£7.99, Marks & Spencer)

massive hit of fresh dark cherry and oregano cut with dark chocolate

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Alexandre Bonnet Champagne Ros´ Brut (12% abv Waitrose £19.99)

lesser known but still pukka-looking

Bollinger Special Cuvée Bollinger Special Cuvée

ideal bottle of bubbles to accompany a romantic cep or truffle risotto

Furleigh Estate Sparkling Rosé (£25.50 direct from winery; 12% abv)

actually charges less for its award-winning rosé than its Classic Cuvée

Moët Ice Imperial (£54.99 Selfridges; 12% abv)

to be served over ice with fresh fruit, cakes and macarons

Taittinger Nocturne Sec (12% abv; Lea & Sandeman £37.95)

lusciously peachy, with its flash, gold-and-purple label

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2012 Tesco Finest Domaine Aubermesnil Fitou Languedoc. £5.99 until 17 Feb

plum, cherry and clove with touches of herbs and pleasingly soft tannins

2013 Domaine Gadais Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie La Grande Cuvée. £8 M&S

grapefruit-centred acidity and that slightly briny finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Negroamaro 2013 Salento, Puglia (Marks & Spencer, £7.50)

A rounded, ripe cocktail of black cherry, plum and mulberry

Casa Planeta 2012 Nero d’Avola-Syrah Sicily (Co-op, £9.99)

soft, ripe and mocha-toned, but with a core of juicy blackcurrrant

Vigneti del Vulture, Aglianico del Vulture Pipoli 2013 (Vallebona, £10.99)

nuances of dark chocolate, red cherry and fresh blackberry. Delicious

Marks & Spencer Grillo 2013 Sicily (£7)

honeyed hint and flavour of baked yellow apples

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012, Ribera del Duero. £13.49, agwines; £13.76, slurp

velvety, opulent; dark red-fruit flavours mingling with tar, spice and smoke

Trapiche Pure Malbec 2013. £8.99, Co-op stores

hugely approachable, the sweet red fruits dominating and really good value

Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône 2012, Vinsobres. £8.99 until Tuesday, Waitrose

medium to full, rich and spicy, with typically good structure and balance

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2009 Vouvray Pétillant, Domaine Huet, Loire, France £19.50, Wine Society

baked orchard fruit and butter imply richness before a bone-dry finish

2011 Ridgeview Bloomsbury, Sussex £24.99, Waitrose

glorious, upfront charm to it. Cream, lemon and flowers

Jacquesson Extra Brut Cuvée 737 NV, France £42.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

initially opulent with flavours of bread and citrus; full of nuances

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Yalumba Y Series Viognier. £9.99 Morrisons

dry floral white expresses the apricoty flavours of the Rhône variety well

2012 Chablis La Collégiale, Laroche. £14.99, Majestic

classic ose of delicately smoky crème fraiche; grapefruit-citrusy punch

2005 Viña Ardanza, Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta. £17.49-£24.95, North & South Wines, Wine Society, Divine Fine Wines, Armit, Berry Bros

Sweet oak vanilla and a whiff of autumnal bonfire in a savoury, elegant finish