17th October 2016 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Musar Jeune Red, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2013 (£9.95, Booths)
Rhône-like red bargain from the great Lebanese producer
Lyme Bay Winery Shoreline, Devon, England 2014 (£12.85, Booths)
distinctive, delicately aromatic and incisive dry white from Devon
Lenza di Munti Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy 2015 (£9.45, Booths)
luminous, smoky-mineral Bianco from Lenza di Munti

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château de Nouvelles Gabrielle 2012 (£16.95, Santé Wine Imports)
knocked the socks off all the other wines on the table
Domaine Jones Fitou 2013 (£13.50 The Wine Society; 14.5% abv)
generous, lush; worth building a cassoulet feast around
Mme Claude Parmentier Fitou 2014 (£7.99 at Waitrose)
enjoyably swiggable; wait for a special offer before loading up
Origines Fitou 2014 (£7.95 The Wine Society)
ballsy; from one of the region’s most highly-regarded producers

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CUATRO PASOS MENCIA 2013 Martin Codax (£9.99 WholeFoods; Whitmore & White)
Light bright cherried fruit, raspberry flavours, juicy, spicy
EL VALIN MENCIA 2015 Vinos Guerra (£9.99 Laithwaites)
light, sappy, vibrant raspberry fruits, still taut and youthful
PETALOS MENCIA 2014 Descendientes de J Palacios (£16.99 Majestic)
Perfumed floral almost ethereal bouquet, elegant strawberry fruits
ALMA DE TINTA MENCIA 2014 (£8.75 Oddbins)
approachable and rounded, but lacks concentration, length and depth
VALDESIL VALDEORRAS MENCIA 2012 Villamartin de Valdeorras (£11.99 Waitrose)
mulberry fruits, a peppery spicy edge; rusticity ;spoils its finish
GABA DO XIL MENCIA 2013 Telmo Rodriguez (£11.45 Berry Bros)
Unoaked wild berried herby Mencia with refreshing high acidity

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chateau Ferrande, Graves 2012. £15.00 Tesco
fruity flavours of plums and chocolate with some tar and leather
Grand Plessis Medoc 2014 Grande Reserve. £10.00 Marks and Spencer
enlivening touch of spice makes for an appealing and accessible mouthful
Les Ormes Du Bosquet Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2013. £6.49 Lidl
certainly no disgrace and represents terrific value as an everyday wine

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Les Hauts de Saint-Martin 2014 St Chinian. Co-op, £6.99
brilliantly priced; roasted chestnuts, wild bay and bilberries
Williams & Humbert Alegria Manzanilla. Telegraph Wine from Waitrose £5.29
27.5cl. tastes like a gasp of sea air and just-baked sourdough
Les Closiers Lirac 2015. M&S, £10
delivers a taste of blackberries, dried earth and dried herbs