7th December 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Nemea Aivalis Red, Nemea, Greece 2012 (£15.60, Southern Wine Roads)

velvety red plum and bergamot-scented red

Michelini Brothers Torrontés Brutal, Argentina 2013 (£14.99, Selfridges)

herbal, floral, slightly chewy, original white treat

Movia Gredic Brda Primorska Slovenia 2012 (£11, Meadowdale Wines)

honeyed orchard fruit

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Pignoletto Brut Taste the Difference. £9, Sainsbury’s

delightfully fresh bubbles and vibrant apple and stone-fruit flavours

Henners Brut 2010. £18 winetrust100.co.uk

ethereal as a spring day, with effervescent citrus flavours

Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV. £37.50, thechampagnecompany

uplifting strawberry and raspberry flavours, toasty overlay

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2014/15 £8, Sainsbury’s

packed with grass and tropical-fruit flavours

Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2013. £7, Marks & Spencer

zippy and zesty; underlying vegetal, smoky notes

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2014. £8.99 single bottle Majestic

Fresh and aromatic, this bottle delivers crunchy cherry-fruit flavours

Château Ollieux Romanis, Corbières Cuvée Prestige 2014. £14.50, thewinesociety

big, creamy, luscious flavours, with hints of tropical fruits

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011. £17.95, slurp; £18.40, tanners

sumptuous Pinot, balancing the bright, lingering cherry and plum flavours

Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf- du-Pape 2012. £19.99, laithwaites

dark-fruit flavours, laced with earthy black pepper

Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port. £32.96 (£21 for 37.5cl), amazon

Intense but mellow, oaky flavours of nuts and figs

Noble Harvest Denbies. £19.99, Waitrose

hint of citrus and a little tropical, underlying honeyed notes

Matusalem 30 Year Old Sherry. £19, Waitrose, ocado

Unbelievably complex with layer upon layer of flavours

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Pillitteri Estates Vidal Icewine 2013, £14.99 Lidl

intensely luscious; cheap for ice wine

Trius Canadian Vidal Icewine 2014, £24.99 Aldi

exotic

Williams Moscatel Blanco, £10, Marks & Spencer

grapey moscatel; well-priced

Meyer Okanagan Pinot Noir 2014, £13.50, Marks & Sparks

gorgeously silky pinot

Denbies Noble Harvest Ortega 2014, £19.99 in 22 Waitrose branches

another real curiosity that you could pass off as ‘English sauternes’

Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1986, £16 Tanners, £22.99 Oxford Wine Co
vdecadently syrupy; That’s your yule log taken care of

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Wine Atlas Bobal 2014 Utiel-Requeña, Spain (13%, Asda, £4.97)

excellent, juicy, bright, cherryish red

Grandes Vinos Y Vinedos 3C Cariñena 2014, Spain (Wine Society, £5.25)

juicy, cranberryish red; Lively and upbeat

La Grange St Martin Côtes du Rhone 2014, France (Co-op, £5.99 9 Dec to 5 Jan)

tastes as smart as it looks; spicy, dark fruit, with a fresh redcurrant

Matsu El Picaro 2014 Toro, Spain (14.5%, Majestic £9.99 single bottle price)

Smooth-textured and very modern, with just a touch of oak

Clos Montalbanie Pécharmant 2010, France (14%, Co-op, £7.99)

54% merlot, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc and 5% malbec

La Grange des Combes St-Chinian-Roquebrun 2013, France (14%, Majestic, £12.99)

Savoury edge of roasted chestnut skins but also a depth of warm mulberries

Cave St Verny Puy de Dôme Pinot Noir 2013, France (13.5%; Booths, Lea & Sandeman, £8.99)

As bright as redcurrants and vigorous as sap, this light, agile pinot noir

Mas Carlot Rouge Costières de Nimes 2013, France (fromvineyardsdirect.com, £8.95)

sumptuously decadent red, made from grenache and syrah, that has backbone too

Ch. Moulin des Richards Cotes de Bourg 2010, Bordeaux (fromvineyardsdirect.com, £8.95)

slightly bloody, with a gentle fragrance of elderberries and a beautiful balance

Kanonkop Kadette 2013, South Africa (14%; Sainsbury’s, £10; Majestic, £12.49)

Wood-smoke, tobacco, burnt mocha, brambles and dry earth

Old Vines Carignan 2011, Chile (14%, Marks & Spencer, £12)

smells of black olives, cranberries and dried herbs

Pecchenino Dogliani San Luigi Dolcetto 2014, Italy (13%, Oddbins, £12.50)

Pure joy – a lithe, supple, smooth dolcetto, all black cherries and graceful bounce

Le Chateau St Jacques d’Albas Minervois 2012, France (Swig, £12.50 to 13 December)

inky, granitic, peppery syrah, there’s grenache and carignan in there too

Frares Priorat 2014, Spain (15%, Marks & Spencer, £13)

smells of figs, milk chocolate powder and stewed plums

Syrah du Maroc Tandem Graillot/Thalvin 2011, Morocco (14.5%, Yapp, £13.95)

gorgeous, all black pepper and roasted fruits

Fuligni Ginestreto Rosso di Montalcino 2012, Italy (14.5%, Lea & Sandeman £19.95)

old leather, morello cherries and spice

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra, Australia (Wine Society, £14.95)

Very fine, dense, rich cabernet sauvignon from Australia’s feted Coonawarra

Contino Rioja Reserva 2007, Spain (14%, Marks & Spencer 167 stores, £24)

old tobacco, warm strawberry pie, acorns and autumn leaves

Font de Michelle Châteauneuf du Pape 2013, France (Waitrose 113 branches £25.99)

proper, atmospheric wine; confit of fruits, black olives and dried wild herbs

Berry Bros & Rudd Gevrey-Chambertin Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 2009 (13%, BBR £29.95)

Excellent, fluent Gevrey-Chambertin. Pinot noir fans are in for a treat

Rippon Pinot Noir Mature Vine 2008 Central Otago (13%, Lea & Sandeman, £35.95)

none of the clunk that Central Otago pinot used to have. Very impressive

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Wine Atlas Marsanne 2014, Pays d’Oc, France (Asda £4.75 until 31 Dec)

rounded, ripe but well-balanced southern French white

Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2014, Italy (Waitrose, £5.99)

delicate lime and almond flavours. Easy-going on its own

Taste the Difference Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Casablanca (Sains £8)

Zingy, perfumed, vivacious young sauv blanc, bursting with gooseberry

Extra Special Douro 2014, Portugal (Asda, £5)

A ripe, rounded red from port country; tastes of cherry fruitcake and pepper

Waitrose Southern French Grenache 2013, Pays d’Oc (£6.49)

Big, broad, rounded flavours of red plum and damsons here

Finest Argentina Malbec 2014, Mendoza (Tesco, £6 14 Dec to 3 Jan)

Packed with plump, juicy black cherries; bright New World fruit bomb

Finest Bisol Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (Tesco, £8)

My go-to party prosecco this Christmas, a fun, frothy fizz

Philippe Michel Cremant de Jura Chardonnay Brut NV, France (Aldi, £7.29)

Tangy top note of oranges and lemons, toasty hint, dry finish

Les Pionniers Champagne NV Brut, France (Co-op, £16.99)

fresh and whistle-clean with notes of lemon meringue and wholemeal

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TESCO PREMIER CRU CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£18)

Creamy rounded fizz with plenty of fruit; well-balanced, juicy acidity

SAINSBURY’S WINEMAKERS SELECTION BLANC DE NOIRS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£20)

Red fruit aromas, full powerful mouthful, some austerity on the finish

MARKS & SPENCER OUDINOT BRUT NV (£15 in December at Marks & Spencer)

Starts well; light brioche aroma and citric fruits; pronounced sharp acidity

THE CO-OPERATIVE LES PIONEERS BRUT NV (£16.99 Co-op)

Biscuity aromas, creamy toasty, a touch of hard green apple fruit mid-palate

ASDA EXTRA SPECIAL LOUIS BERNARD PREMIER CRU CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£16 until 28 Dec)

Floral aromas to start, just a hint of toastiness, dry and crisp on the palate

WM MORRISON CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£19 Morrisons)

Started well; enticing biscuity brioche notes, but fruit a bit shallow mid-palate

LIDL COMTE DE SENNEVAL CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£9.97 Lidl)

A bit disappointing; tastes too confected, slightly soapy, lacking zip

ALDI VEUVE MONSIGNY CHAMPAGNE BY PHILIZOT BRUT NV (£10.99 Aldi Scotland; £12.99)

Crisp and dry; faint floral aromas and a sharp green apple flavour

J DE TELMONT GRANDE RESERVE BRUT NV (£19.99 Majestic Wine)

Light biscuit aromas, good depth of citric fruit, médium length

THE WINE SOCIETY’S PRIVATE CUVEE CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£28)

Nutty, yeasty, full rich palate; complex with a subtle smokiness. Impressive

BERRY BROS & RUDD CHAMPAGNE GRAND CRU MAILLY BRUT NV (£26.50)

Smooth, yeasty, gingerbread notes, zippy acidity, lovely smoothness of texture

HARVEY NICHOLS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£28.50)

Very stylish, nutty toasty and rich with creamy succulent fruit

WAITROSE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE BRUT NV (£24.99)

Very dry, steely citric vibrant styles, médium length; lacking in elegance

TESCO GRAND CRU VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE 2007 (£24 Tesco)

Classic biscuity, good depth of fruit, rich layers of flavours

THE CO-OPERATIVE LES PIONEERS VINTAGE 2006 (£24.99 Co-op)

Very citric, toasty, deep rich fruit flavours, full powerful mid-palate

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Pinot Noir Limited Edition, Leyda Valley, Cimarosa. £6.99, Lidl

touch of toasty oak, balanced by Pacific breezy freshness

2014 Taste The Difference Chablis Premier Cru Brocard. £14.50 Sainsbury’s

bone-dry white burgundy shot through with citrus

2013 Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape. £25.99, Waitrose

Scented with plums and spice, this is a rich southern Rhône blend

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2011 Gouguenheim Flores del Valle Blue Melosa Malbec. £12.95 Tanners

violet, floral aromas; intense, fruit forward plum, cinnamon and nutmeg

2013 Cave de Turckheim Pinot Blanc, £8.75 Drinkmonger

savoury spices and delightfully rounded apple and quince texture