9th May 2016 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Château Bas d’Aumelas Barathym Rouge, Languedoc 2014 (£9.90, The Sampler)
exuberantly juicy, lavender and blackberry-scented
The Scholium Project The Prince in His Caves, California 2014 (£45, The Sampler)
unusual, intensely herbal, spicy take on sauvignon blanc
Château du Coing Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2012 (£10.50, The Sampler)
superb, refined, savoury chablis-like muscadet

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Real Cider (£2.70, Bristol Cider Shop, £30 x 12-bottle Hallets)
if there was such a term as fine cider…this would be it
Magic Rock Cannonball IPA (£2.30; from brewery)
sheer energy and inventiveness
Magic Rock Salty Kiss (£1.75; from brewery)
tart, refreshing; infused with gooseberry, sea buckthorn, sea salt
Cairn O’Mohr Spring Oak Leaf Wine (£7.40 from Cairn O’Mohr)
sauvignon-like
Cairn O’Mohr Strawberry Wine (£10.40; Cairn O’Mohr)
off-dry, sparkling; can imagine sipping over Wimbledon fortnight

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

Côte de Nuit-Villages, De Marcilly, Burgundy. £9.99 at Lidl
attractive soft cherry fruit and the spice
2014 Montesquiou L’Estela Jurancon Sec France. £9.50 judithhardywines
firm acidity, spicy and slightly saline backdrop

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Tio pepe en rama 2016 bottling (£15.99 Wine Soc, Lea & Sand, Adnams)
Salty, dry and crackling with energy
Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2014 Spain (Majestic, £9.49)
sleek, smooth and contemporary; strawberry brightness
finest* Las Lomitas Merlot Colchagua 2015 Chile (Tesco, £6)
smells of dry chocolate powder and heavy black fruit

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SOAVE CLASSICO 2014 Pieropan (£13.99 Wine Society; Laithwaites)
Bright appley fruits, freshness, savouriness; rich full taste
ASSYRTIKO 2014 Hatzidakis (£12.50 Wine Society; £12.99 Waitrose)
Very fragrant, spicy herby notes and persistent spicy length
GRECO DI TUFO 2013 Valdiperti (£14.95 Caves de Pyrene)
Bright citric fruits, pearskin flavours and vibrant acidity
PIETRA NERA ZIBIBBO 2013 de Bortoli (£26 Caves de Pyrene)
Intense dry Muscats with minerality and steely length
CLOS ST URBAIN PINOT GRIS 2013 Zind Humbrecht (£55 Woodwinters; Berry Bros)
Incredibly intense aromatic and full-flavoured Pinot Gris
CUVEE VOLCANIQUE GAMAY 2014 Logel & Verdier (£12 Caves de Pyrene)
Very savoury, sappy, minerally style
7 FUENTOS 2012 Suertes del Marques (£14 The Wine Society)
Earthy savoury baked blend of Listan Negro and Tintilla
ETNA ROSSO 2013 Graci (£12-£18 Woodwinters; italvinus; AG Wines; Berry Bros)
Elegant youthful Nerello Mascalese gives a rich silky texture
PINOT NOIR 2013 Domaine Drouhin (£29 Oddbins)
Red fruits, minerally and fine tannins; a very elegant Pinot
VIN SANTO 2003 Hatzidakis (£19.95 hf bt Berry Bros)
Superb dried figgy fruits, raisiny and dense
TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS 2009 Royal Tokaji (£12.29 25cl Waitrose; £21.50 50cl Majestic; Wine Society)
Honeyed caramel, orange peel, apricots and spice

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2014 Saint Mont Chemin des Pèlerins, France. Adnams £6.99
extraordinarily good value; as happy as an aperitif as it is with salads
2014 Lugana, Cà dei Frati, Veneto, Italy. The Wine Society £11.50
citrus, grass and a touch of creamy intensity

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Cremant de Jura Chardonnay 2013, France, Aldi, £7.29
dry and elegant, lightly toasty; mouthwatering lemon and pineapple
Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa, Majestic, £11.99
A pretty pale pink, with masses of tiny bubbles and creamy texture