01-12-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 01/12/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Paul Mas La Forge Marsanne, Single Vineyard, Wine Rack 3 @ £6.66, Tesco, £7.99

spicy, toasty wine, with exotic stone fruit flavours.

2007 Grove Mill Marlborough Riesling, New Zealand, Wine Rack3 @ £6.66

rose-perfumed, lime zest-spiked riesling; comforting apéritif

2007 Parallele 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Paul Jaboulet, Wine Rack3 @ £6.66

soft, peachy, nutty rhône gets my vote.

2007 Clay Station Viognier, Lodi, California, Co-op, £6.75 until December 7

bold, ripe, peachy, hawthorn-scented white with big festive food

2007 Le Ralle Greco Basilicata Alovini, Italy, Tanners, £7.95

lively scent and lemony finish that make it a useful festive white

2007 Château de la Jousselinière Muscadet Berry Bros & Rudd £6.95

delightful, lively, leafy muscadet; precocious, faintly pear drop-scented fruit

2007 Château Thieuley, Sauvignon-Sémillon, Bordeaux Vine King, Waitrose, £7.99

zesty, greengage-charged, dry ’07

2007 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse, Domaine Gonon, Wine Society £7.95

very fine, floral white with lots of vibrant, lively, appley, verdant fruit

2007 Seven Canoes Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Wine Rack, 3 @ £7.99

bristles with tangy, tingly, assertive, herb, nettle and tropical fruit flavours

2007 Vinha da Urze, Douro Valley, Roboredo Madeira Family, Marks & Spencer, £7.99

utterly gorgeous, smoky, intensely flavoured, stone fruit-stashed example

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

Chauvet Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne, £15.95 (Private Cellar).

Supple and fruity with textured richness

Chartogne-Taillet Brut Champagne, £21.25 (Vine Trail)

Delicately honeyed, lemony and biscuity. Very stylish

Carlin Blanc de Blancs Champagne, £17.99 Real Wine Company

Buttery, biscuity, all-chardonnay, and technically from a small house, not a grower

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Domaine Bégude Chardonnay, Le Bel Ange. 2 @ £4.99, Majestic

pineappley freshness and juicy acidity make it a dry white for festive parties

2006 Domaine du Joncier, Le Classique, Lirac. Waitrose, £7.19 until Tuesday 2nd Dec

vibrant red is more than a cut above your common-or-garden Côtes-du-Rhône.

2002 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric émile. £26.99, Tesco Fine Wine

refreshingly zingy palate of limes and tropical citrus fruits

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Tim recommends wine books:

The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace (£14.99, Crown Publishing)
Bordeaux/Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry by Jean-Robert Pitte (£14.95, University of California)
Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course (£19.99, Ryland, Peters & Small)
Is this Bottle Corked? by Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater (£12.99, Faber)
The Battle for Wine and Love, or How I Saved the World from Parkerization by Alice Feiring (£12.95, Harcourt)
Notes on a Cellar-Bookby George Saintsbury (£17.95, University of California Press)
Château Monty by Monty Waldin (£16.99, Portico)
Heard it Through the Grapevine by Matt Skinner (£18.99, Octopus Books)

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

Extra de Codorníu Brut NV Cava (12% vol, Spain; £4.99 Majestic)

slosh some over a brandy-infused sugar cube you get a pretty decent cocktail

Green Point Brut NV (12.5% vol, Australia; £10.97, Asda)

Moet & Chandon-owned

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut (12% vol,; £16.99, Waitrose, Tesco)

increasingly classy

Champagne Carlin Brut Rosé NV (12% vol, £16.99, Real Wine Company)

stylish and most reasonably priced

G H Mumm Demi-Sec Champagne NV (12% vol, France; £25.99, Waitrose)

Sweet champagne is becoming much more popular and rightly so

Selfridges Prosecco NV (11% vol, Italy; £6.99 per 37.5cl)

Utterly charming and chic-looking

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2005, Australia (£42.75 tesco.com; £45, Majestic)

gorgeous, a beast of a wine that you should decant and eat with rib of beef

Sainsbury’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2007, Italy (£3.99)

Clean, herbaceous and crisp, this is my idea of a multi-purpose wine

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