17th August 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Finest* Vin de Pays Gascogne France 2014 (£7.99)

a bargain, with the sauvignon adding its usual leafy lift

Domaine Bellegarde Jurançon Sec, France 2014 (£13.25, Yapp)

depth and intensity of tropical fruit

Chateau Bouscasse Les Jardins Pacherenc 2012 (£15, Highbury Vintners)

petit manseng joins petit corbu for the mineral white

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cuvee Pecheur 2014 (11.5% abv; £3.74 on offer Waitrose)

perfectly decent, bright, lemony

La Chandelle Merlot 2014 (12.5% abv; £4.49 on offer Waitrose)

Smooth, ripe; from Bergerac

Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2014 (12.5% abv £5.99)

a wonderful partner for shellfish

Asda Cotes de Thau 2014 (£4.97; 12% abv)

characterful blend of sauvignon, grenache blanc and vermentino

Domaine Laborie Pays d’Oc 2014 (12.5% abv, £5.50 The Wine Society)

light, fruity

Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne Viognier 2014 (£5.75; 12% abv Wine Society)

a smooth, Rhone-ish and versatile all-rounder

Domaine de Cassagnau 2014 Pays d’Oc (£7.95 Hercules Wine Warehouse; 13% abv)

irresistibly juicy, peppery blend of syrah, grenache and merlot

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2012 Finest 1531 Blanquette de Limoux, Languedoc, France, £10.99, Tesco

a nice balance of crisp orchard fruit and soft, creamy bubbles

2009 The Rhona Blanc de Blancs, Graham Beck, South Africa, £11, M&S

toasty richness and peachy fruit is cut by lemon zest and spice

2011 Taltarni Blanc de Blancs, Victoria, Australia, £14.99, allaboutwine

a brilliant glass, with red apples, lime and toasted spices

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2013. £13.99, slurp

fresh and bright, with clear, light citrusy flavours of lemon and pink grapefruit

Savoie Blanc ‘Coeur Terroir’ 2014. £9, Marks & Spencer

As delicate as an Alpine flower and as fresh and flinty as a mountain stream

Cazas Novas Avesso Vinho Verde 2014. £6.95, thewinesociety

stone fruits, refreshing, zesty and uncomplicated

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Cantina di Venosa Aglianico del Vulture 2012 Italy (Majestic, £7.49)

spicy and grippy, and full-on, filled with black fruit tastes

Mas du Colombel Faugeres 2013 France (14%, Majestic, £8.99)

a laid-back, textured wine that tastes of sweet figs and rosehips

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Exquisite Collection Cabernet de Cabernet Languedoc. £5.99 at Aldi

smooth and soft flavours of juicy cherry, cloves and mocha

2014 Stobi Rose Tikves, Macedonia, 12 per cent. £9.99 at Cockburns of Leith

attractive apple and cherry fruit with a nutty backdrop

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Tesco finest* South Africa Swartland Malbec. £7.99, Tesco

blackberry juicy from sweet start to savoury finish

2014 The Islander Sangiovese, Kangaroo Island, Australia. £12, Marks & Spencer

Jacques Lurton coaxes herby perfumes from the chianti grape

2013 Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru, Gerard Thomas et Filles. £20, Majestic, Waitrose

combines the nuttiness of barrel-fermentation with textured, peachy fruit