01-09-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 01/09/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Finest Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère, Tesco, £3.99 until Sep 9

bold, velvety, creosotey pizzazz you’d expect from a classic Chilean combination

2007 Finest Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva Especial, Tesco,£3.99 until Sep 9

intense, fat, spicy, lime zest flavours

2007 Adobe Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca. Vintage Roots £5.99

fresh, grassy, gooseberry-laden 2007with a fine, lemony finish.

2005 Novas Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintage Roots, £6.75

carmenère grape-dominated blend bursting with spicy, earthy, tarry fruit.

2007 Cordier Prestige Sémillon-Sauvignon, Bordeaux Morrisons £7.49 until Sep 7

at £7.49, citrus and creamy oak-finished white bordeaux blend is a bargain

2005 Cordier Prestige Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Morrisons, £7.49 until Sepr 7

fine, fat, plummy fruit, rounded off with the spicy, burnt flavours

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

La Gitana Manzanilla, £7.29-£7.49 (Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s)

Delicately salty, dry apple flavours. Cheap at the price

Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla, £12 (Planet of the Grapes)

Aptly named. Fresh, nutty, savoury

Lustau Puerto Fino, £11.75 (Philglas & Swiggot)

Smoky, tangy and nicely rounded

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Rosso di Puglia. £4.49, Marks & Spencer

juicy, damsony fruit quality makes it the perfect barbecue red.

2007 Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal. £5.99 to 16 Sep, Waitrose

discount is just the incentive you need to try this aromatic dry white

2006 Saint Clair Sawcut (Block 4) Pinot Noir. £16.60 Kevin O’Rourke Wines

rich fruit combines with finely crafted oak spice and refreshing acidity.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Monty’s Red, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (£7.99, 12.5%, Adnams)

juicy, easy-drinking red with lots of spicy, aromatic fruit and refreshing acidity

2005 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc (£7.49, 13.5%, Tesco)

brambly, assertively oaked

2006 Montpeyroux, Clos du Pioch (£7.99, 13.5%, Marks & Spencer)

unoaked, blackberry and liquorice-scented

2005 Fitou, Les Quatre, Mont Tauch (£8.99, 14%, Waitrose)

concentrated, smoky, age-worthy

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2007 Viajero Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, 13% vol, Chile (£3.99; Lidl)

surprisingly refreshing, with decent fruit and a savoury, bitter cherry finish

2006/7 Fetzer Valley Oaks Syrah Rosé, California (widely available £6.99)

crammed with peppery strawberry/blackberry fruit

2007 CVNE Rioja Rosado, 14%vol, Spain (£5.49 x 2 Majestic)

fresh, fruity, flavoursome and surprisingly high in alcohol

2007 Foncaussade Les Parcelles Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£5.69; Waitrose)

awash with ripe red and dark berries. Although sweet-edged, it has a good dry finish

Pinot Rosa Frizzante Di Paolo (Sacchetto), Italy (£6.99; The Real Wine Co)

delicate, beguiling pale pink, it almost doesn’t count as a rosé

2007 Rousseau Frères Touraine Noble Joué Rosé, 13.5% vol, France (£7.99 Telegraph Wine)

fragrant aromas on the nose and luscious juicy fruit on the palate

2007 Château de Sours Rosé, 13% vol, France (£94.80 per dozen, Private Cellar)

silky smooth, red berry fruit blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon

Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£11.99; Oddbins)

vibrantly fresh and invigorating; sophisticated alternative to the more famous fizz of northern France

2006 Château Simone Rosé, 12.5%vol, France (£22.75; Yapp Bros)

Fuller-bodied that most rosés, it has spicy cherry fruit and a firm, dry finish

Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV (from £34.99; Maj, Odd, Sain, Tesco, Threh, F&M)

both creamy and zesty, with hints of wild strawberries

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Château Tour Prignac Cru Bourgeois 2005. £10.99 Oddbins

For a single bottle, this attractive, fragrant, oaked claret looks a bit steep

Château Tour du Haut-Moulin Cru Bourgeois 1997. £8.99, Adnams

resolving into the classic cigar box of an aged claret

Château Grand Village Bordeaux Supérieur 2005. £12.95, Roberson

tightly packed wine that needs some time before it offers up everything it’s got

Château la Croix Taillefer 2005 Pomerol. £22.50, Waitrose Wine Direct and 6 branches

warm, ample and inviting, without compromising on the backbone

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