02-03-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 02/03/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Viña Maipo Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Sainsbury’s on offer £3.99

finer, lemon-zest-and-gooseberry wine

2008 Viña Maipo Gran Reserva, Shiraz, Chile. Sainsbury’s, on offer £3.99

gorgeous, smoky-oaky shiraz delivers oodles of sweet, berry fruit

2007 Wild Rock Elevation, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. Waitrose £7.99 on offer

sparky, verdant sauvignon with lots of juicy, floral fruit.

2006 Wild Rock, Gravel Pit Red, Merlot-Malbec. Waitrose £7.99 on offer

stony soil of Hawkes Bay has produced a fine, dusky, earthy yet plummy red

2006 Chassagne-Montrachet, ler Cru Abbaye de Morgeot, Olivier Leflaive. C&B

ripe, buttery, sweet hazelnut-stashed offering from a superior ler cru vineyard

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2006 Shelmerdine Chardonnay, £11.49 (Oddbins).

From Australia’s Yarra Valley: toasty, concentrated and fresh

2006 Coralillo Chardonnay, £9.99 (Marks & Spencer).

From Chile’s San Antonio region:cashew-nut richness and candied peel zing

2007 Taste the Difference Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, £7.99 (Sainsbury’s).

Stylish, fresh, nutty and smoothly textured

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Tesco Finest Piwen Chardonnay £3.99, down from £7.99

Fresh, tropical fruit; crisp, unoaked New World meets the Chablis-like character

2007 Domaine du Petit Chêne Moulin-à-Vent £9.99, Marks & Spencer

adds a light touch of oak to the vivid cherry and strawberry qualities

2007 St Aubin 1er cru, Gérard Thomas £15.99, Majestic

fresh acidity as well as an elegant and mouth-watering crispness

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 J&F Lurton Les Fumées Blanches (£5.99, each for 2, Majestic)

mealy and rich with tangy citrus and gooseberry fruit, and an undertone of honey

2006 Asda Petit Chablis (£6.47, Asda)

tasty, with freshness and zip, and a buttery mid-palate.

2006 La Grille Pinot Noir (£4.99 each for 2, Majestic)

French Pinot Noir that can match anything from Chile and New Zealand at this price

2006 Taste The Difference Barossa Shiraz (£7.99, Sainbury’s)

classic, concentrated Shiraz with mulberry and blackberry fruit.

2007 Vina Tabalí Los Molles Carmenere (£7.99 M&S)

smoky and deeply coloured, with cool-climate notes of green pepper and chocolate

Griffith Park Sparkling Rose (£6.98, Asda)

quaffable, frothy fizz with a bit of residual sugar and attractive cherry and strawberry fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Muscadet La Regate 2007, France (Sainsbury’s, £3.25)

inexpensive, mouthwatering; to go with plain mussels

Tesco Finest Gavi 2007, Italy (£6.99)

crisp Italian white, but there’s a touch of creamy roundness and ground almond

Jacob’s Creek Reserve Riesling 2007 (Booths and everywine.co.uk, £8.99)

fresh, perfumed, zesty lemon and lime just leap out of it

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Château Pontet Bagatelle Rosé 2007 (£7.95; FromVineyardsDirect.com)

gorgeous: a magical, pale rosé that makes you feel as if you’re floating

Mas Belles Eaux Les Côteaux 2005 (£12.95; FromVineyardsDirect.com)

I also loved the savoury wildness

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Bucerchiale 2004 (£20 Marks & Spencer)

this elegant, refreshing wine is worth every penny

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