2nd December 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Maynards 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal (£10.99, Aldi)
cosseting softness and dusky, fruitcakey flavours
Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal (£20.49, Waitrose)
genteel figginess and easygoing nutty richness
Kopke Colheita Vintage Port 1999 (£32.99, Waitrose Cellar; Hedonism)
20-year-old beauty is silky and ethereally aromatic

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Taste the Difference Beaujolais Villages 2018. £9.50 Sainsbury’s
Scrumptious, bright, juicy beaujolais. Perfect for Boxing Day.
Reserve de Pizay Beaujolais Villages 2018. £8 Co-op
Vivid, cherry-flavoured village wine. Great value.
Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2017. £11.50 The Wine Society
Brimming with fruit, but still a serious, structured wine
Moron-Garcia Brouilly La Folie 2017. £22 (by the case) Fine Wine Co
Spectacular, from a single organically-run vineyard. Just heavenly.

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CHATEAU LAULERIE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 (£9.99 Luvians; Grt Wstrn Wine)
Gooseberry-scented, peachy creamy unoaked white with honeyed notes
Zesty zippy with tropical fruit notes, citric flavours and herby notes
FELICETTE GRENACHE BLANC 2018 (£8.99 Luvians; Hennings; The Drink Shop)
Aromatic crisp minerally peachy blend.
Ripe tropical fruits, juicy limey zesty flavours; creamy leesy palate
Lightly spiced, peppery style, crisp dry quaffable.
PIEMONTE CORTESE 2018 Araldica (£6.50 The Wine Society)
Fragrant, zippy fresh clean whites, stripped down flavours
MACON VILLAGES 2018 Cave de Prisse (£9/£10 M&S)
Rich fleshy citric fruits, white peach notes, crispness, elegance
CIRO BIANCO 2018 Librandi (£12.99 Valvona & Crolla)
Appley fruits, peachy fruits, creamy mouthfeel, toasty hazelnut
SOAVE CLASSICO 2018 Pieropan (£16 Valvona & Crolla; Luvians, Slurp)
Floral, nutty, citric, zippy light.
IRRESISTIBLE CHABLIS 2017 Jean Marc Brocard (£12 The Co-op)
Appley, limey fruits, figgy notes with rich creamy texture
MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE 2018 Guilbaud (£11.99 Graft; Luvians)
Modern Muscadet at its best; deliciously crisp vibrant zesty
ALBARINO 2017 Pazo de Senorans (£15.99 Virgin Wines)
Nectarine and lime fruits, dry citric palate, smooth and rounded

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Casa Canevel Prosecco Extra Dry (£12.69 allaboutwine.co.uk)
dry but aromatic
Calvet Brut Cremant de Bordeaux (~£12 Tesco.com, ocado.com)
fresh and light, made from semillon and cabernet franc
KWV Laborie Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011 (£11.99 amazon; £15.95 slurp)
brilliant value sparkler, traditionally made, with creamy, nutty flavours
Petaluma Adelaide Hills Croses (£16.95 philglas-swiggot; £17.99 noblegrape)
subtle red fruit amid the citrus and creaminess
Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs (£38.99 allaboutwine)
intense citrus and clean stone fruit flavours
Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Gastronome 1er Cru 2014 (£43.12 armit; £49.99 selfridges)
ideal paired with scallops, lobster or a main fish course
Greyfriars Cuvee Royale 2015 (£30.00 greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk)
wonderfully elegant; complexity, freshness and lovely peach-and-apple fruit

the Telegraph – wine columnists

Comtesse de Balmont Sauternes 2017, France. £7.49 for half, Lidl
fruity vibrancy, pineapple, apricot and cooked bananas
Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro, Spain. £8.99 for 50cl, Ocado
stunning complexity for the price
Taylor’s Select Reserve Port. £7
 until Jan 2, Co-op
appealing with its plum and damson fruit and twist of black pepper
Finest 10 Year Old Tawny Port. £12.50 for 75cl, Tesco
hints of Seville orange, wood spice, almonds and demerara sugar
Booths Late Bottled Vintage Port 2014. £14 for 50cl, Booths
wonderfully fresh with dark cherries and plums to the fore
Feuerheerd’s Special Reserve Tawny Port. £14.99 for 75cl, Waitrose
orange peel, toffee and cream. With its smooth, rounded finish
Henriques and Henriques 15yr Old Sercial, Madeira. £29.99 for 50cl, Virgin
aromas of lemon peel, roasted nuts and old furniture
Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas Port 2004. £34.99 Majestic
gorgeously fresh perfume; elderberry, melted dark chocolate and coffee.