21st December 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Corney & Barrow Côtes du Rhône, France 2011(£9.50, Corney & Barrow)
perfectly pitched between ripe-fruited richness and lively freshness
Meyer Pinot Noir, Okanagan, Canada 2014 (£18, Marks & Spencer)
deliciously pure oaked raspberry
López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Rioja Reserva, Spain 2004 (£21.95, Waitrose)
we’re into fine wine territory with the silky, savoury Viña Bosconia

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Co-op Les Pionniers Champagne NV (£16.99; 12.5% abv)
Excellent; recently came out top in a Which? blind tasting
J de Telmont Grand Réserve Champagne (£13.32 multi-buy Majestic)
glamorous-looking; another cracking buy
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2010 (£22.49 per magnum, multi-buy Majestic)
elegant-looking
Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012 (£17.95 at Lea & Sandeman)
dark, sexy; perfect with cheese or a post-Christmas steak
Harveys Palo Cortado 30-year-old VQRS (£22.59 for 50cl at Waitrose)
award-winning; yes, 30 years old – is a real treat
Lidl Hortus Artisan London Dry Gin (40% abv) for just £15.99
very expensive-looking, super-junipery premium gin

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Lazzaroni Amaretto Liqueur (24%, M&S, £15 for 500ml)
mind-bendingly good. Made using real Amaretti di Chiostro biscuits
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin (46%, around £34.99, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwick)
beautiful balance between subtle florality and junipery-piny power
Dupont Calvados Pays d’Auge (40%, selected M&S, £26 for 350ml)
glorious, finessed calvados;. Pure pleasure

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Clocktower Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand (M&S, £11 until 1 January)
packed with succulent, juicy red plum; ripe and fresh on the finish
Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 (Majestic, £11.99)
Inky purple, softer on the tannin than some Rhônes, with hints of clove
Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, California (Telegraph Wine from Waitrose, £12.99)
blueberry and plum is a winner

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TRULY IRRESISTIBLE CASABLANCA PINOT NOIR 2015 (£7.99 Co-op)
Raspberry and cherry fruits with a lovely lushness, sweet ripe fruits
WILLUNGA 100 GRENACHE 2013 (£9.89-£11.99 Cornelius; Ellies Cellar;; Luvians)
Oaked Grenache with good depth with raspberry fruits, spicy and herby notes
EXTRA SPECIAL EL MESON GRAN RESERVA RIOJA 2005 (£9 on offer Asda)
Mature evolved bouquet, vanilla and fruit beautifully integrated
THE SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION MENDOZA MALBEC 2013 (£9.95 The Wine Society)
Deep damson, liquorice notes, fleshy succulent fruits, deep, velvet smooth
MORELLINO DI SCANSANO VENTOSO 2013 Poggio Argentiera (£11.50 Oddbins)
Fresh unoaked cherry fruits, savoury notes with good weight and texture
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2009 (£14.99 Lidl)
Smells of game, truffles, stewed fruits with black cherry fruits, vanilla flavour
ENSELBERG SPATBURGUNDER 2011 Weingut Karl H Johner (£19.99 Waitrose)
Sweet succulent ripe fruits, beautifully balanced palate
SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE PREMIER CRU DOMINODE 2012 Domaine Serrigny (£26 Wine Society)
Very charming red Burgundy with a lovely silkiness and softness and long finish
CHATEAU RAMAGE LA BATISSE 2009 (£15.99 each for 6 Laithwaites)
Cedary aromas, cassis depth and power; Merlot dominance gives its lushness
LANGHE NEBBIOLO 2013 G D Vajra (£22.99 Valvona & Crolla; Drinkmonger; Fine Wine Co)
Well-made modern-style Langhe Nebbiolo with a tarry aroma, a lushness of fruit
LACOSTE BORIE PAUILLAC 2010 (£24 Berry Bros & Rudd www.bbr.com)
Cigarbox cedary nose, rich powerful cassis fruits and a lovely length
DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2012 (£27.50-£30 Harvey Nichols; Berry Bros; Majestic; Luvians)
Bright cherry red fruit and hallmark spice notes, great subtlety and finesse

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Paul Mas Clairette du Languedoc. £8, Morrisons
A bright, dry white with an apple-and -pear quality
2013 The Co-operative Truly Irresistible 1er Cru Chablis. £14.99
purity and creamy richness; mineral bone-dry finish
2009 Chateau Laroque, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux. £22.99 on offer Waitrose
A youthful claret from a great Bordeaux vintage

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Eschenhof Holzer Roter Veltliner Austria, £11.99 Luvians
vague minerality behind its melon, white peach and ripe pear fruit
2013 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, £8.98 on offer Asda
raspberry-centred acidity; smooth and intense blackcurrant fruit