01-02-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 01/02/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Château Laforêt, Beaujolais, France Waitrose, £6.99

Delicious, soft, ripe, gamey, plummy, accommodating

2008 Gran López Rosado, Castillo La Mancha, Spain Waitrose, £4.49

oozing bubblegum-scented fruit. Again vegan and vegetarian-friendly

Kingfisher Premium 4.8 per cent 660ml bottle Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, £1.98

authentic, yeasty, malty, fuller-flavoured lager

Cobra Premium, 5 per cent 4x330ml bottles Tesco £3.64; Sainsbury’s, £3.67

Worth seeking out for its hoppy scent and gentle barley malt flavour

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Joseph Drouhin Rully 2006 (£12.99 Waitrose)

A warming village wine with carnations on the nose

Domaine Ballorin Côtes de Nuits Villages 2007 (£14.95 Roberson)

highly toned, spice-filled bargain, with a tang of crystalline fruit

Beaune 1er Cru Jadot 2002 (£19.95 Cambridge Wine Merchants)

Minerals and black fruit from an exceptional year, a keeper

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Cambalala Chardonnay Colombard. £3.49, Aldi

typically lively, affordable Western Cape blend; undertones of guava

2007 Villiera Brut Natural, Stellenbosch. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

pure chardonnay, with a biscuity, honey-flecked mousse

2008 Morgenhof Estate Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch. £10.99, Waitrose

exceptional Cape-meets-Vouvray dry white, rich in peachy flavours

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch (£18.50, 14.5%, Fortnum & Mason)

big, but not over-ripe; balanced flavours of oak, apples, honey and tropical fruit

2008 Morgenhof Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch (£10.99, 13.5%, Waitrose)

spicy, creamy, vanilla-perfumed

2008 Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch (£17.99, 14%, www.waitrosewine.com)

bold, pineappley, turbo-charged

2008 Raats Chenin Blanc (£10.19, 13.5%, www.sawinesonline.co.uk)

more focused, quince and mineral-like

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Sainsbury SO Organic Chardonnay 2008 Vin de Pays d’Oc (£4.99; 13% abv)

tastes as if it’s been made by numbers using a duff calculator

Sainsbury’s Chartreuse de Bonpas Réserve 2008 (£8.99; 13% abv)

red blend that’s very disappointing for the price

Sainsbury’s Argentinian Pinot Noir 2009 (£4.99; 14% abv)


Taste The Difference McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2008 (£7.99; 14.5% abv)

tastes like an extra­terrestrial­attempt to recreate Earth wine

Storks Tower Tempranillo Shiraz Rosé 2008 (£6.12; 12.5% abv Tesco)

flabby and apathetic.

Tesco Finest Hermitage 2005 (£22.47; 13% abv)

OK, but a £22 wine should not be OK

The Reach Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£8.47; 12.5% abv)

like drinking dementors.

Marks & Spencer Balbi Syrah-Viognier 2009 (£6.99; 13.5% abv)

ticks boxes, but is unsatisfying and a bit plasticky

Murviedro Rosé 2008 (£5.48; 13% abv Asda)

like boiled sweets and alcohol

Scotland on Sunday – Rose Murray Brown

CASA SILVA RESERVA CARMENERE 2008, £8.95 Peckham & Rye

Delicious sweet/savoury notes, grilled meat undertones

DE MARTINO 347 CARMENERE 2008, £7.49 Majestic

Initially lush black fruits, very spicy, piquant notes

CARMENERE ANAKENA 2008, £7.49 Luvians, Aitkens

pungent sweet blackberry, with a smooth savoury finish.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Villa Dante Chianti Riserva 2005, Italy (Majestic, £6.99)

Elegant, lightish chianti with notes of strawberry, tobacco leaf and fresh herb

Secano Estate Pinot Noir 2008, Chile (Marks & Spencer, £7.49)

There’s cherry and plum galore in this lively, fruity, soft red

Cave De Lugny Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2008, France (Waitrose, £6.99)

Buttery and ripe, but with a crisper lemon flavour on the finish

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