02-08-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 01/08/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Gaston de Veau Blanc, France Marks & Spencer, £4.99

gorgeous, grassy, grapefruit and lime-laden Gascon and Languedoc blend

2009 La Prendina Estate Pinot Grigio, Cavalchina, Italy Marks & Spencer, £7.99

rich, smoky, spicy, greengage-stashed ’09.

2007 Château de Targé Saumur-Champigny, France Majestic, 2 @ £8.99

tasty, violet and strawberry-scented Loire red.

2009 Bardolino Chiaretto, Cavalchina Estate, Italy Majestic, 2 @ £6.99

dry, lively, morello cherry-scented chiaretto, or rosé

2009 Brouilly, Alain Michaud, France Berry, Bros & Rudd £12.95

seductive floral scent and lively, silky, floral palate

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2001 (£19.50 The Wine Library)

lovely melange of fruitcake, nectarines and cigar smoke

Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny 2009 (£14 thegoodwineshop.co.uk)

Gorgeously ripe flavours of sour plums and exuberant fruit

Domaine de Bel Air Les Vingt Lieux Dits Bourgueil 2008 (£12.99 Oddbins)

Concentrated, fresh and minerally, with zippy fruit

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Gianni Voerzio 2007 Dolcetto, £14.25, Lay & Wheeler

mouthwateringly fresh and vibrantly pure fruit quality

Vincho-Vaglio ‘I Tre Vescovi’ Barbera, £7.99, Waitrose

fresh, ripe dark berryish

2008 Morellino di Scansano, £12.95, Lea & Sandeman

summer puddingy

Verduno Pelaverga, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, £13.25, Berry Bros

lightly spicy and peppery; distinctive, charming summery red

2007 Saumur Champigny from Château de Targé, £9.99, buy 2 = £7.99, Majestic

vibrant cherry fruit makes it the perfect picnic red

2008 Saumur-Champigny Tuffe, Château de Hureau, £11.43, Haynes, Hanson & Clark

sweet-red-fruits quality tinged with capsicum

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 Tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling Great Southern (£8.49, 12 per cent)

zesty, elegant, off-dry riesling will develop toasty aromas

2008 Château Gaudrelle Vouvray (£9.80, 13 per cent, Haynes, Hanson & Clark)

pithy, rich, almost tropically fruity chenin

2006 Château Grand Faurie Larose St Emilion Grand Cru (£14.99, 12.5 per cent, Majestic)

great value merlot-based claret is cedary, poised and fresh

2007 Taste the Difference Amarone (£15.03, 14.5 per cent, Sainsbury’s)

big, bold, strapping Veronese red, with sweet and savoury flavours

Henriques & Henriques 15-year-old Verdlho Madeira (£19.99, 20 per cent, Waitrose)

youthful and vigorous: nutty, figgy and bracingly acidic.

2004 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne (£30.99, 12 per cent, Waitrose)

A stellar champagne; bright, elegant and lightly toasty with a hint of brioche

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£12.99, Oddbins; 13% abv)

smells of passion fruit, 10% oak adds layers of flavour and gives it a fuller feel

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£12.95, Averys; 13.5% abv)

herbaceous and nettley, a cool, sparkling blade rather than a cannon

Thomas Mitchell Marsanne 2008 (£6.99, or £5.59 by the mixed case, Oddbins; 13% abv)

bright, fresh and with a hint of mango. Try it with oily fish

Yalumba Y-Series Pinot Grigio 2009 (£7.49, Co-op; 12.5% abv)

very gently spicy, with the slightest waft of an almost musky perfume

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

BALTHAZAR OF THE BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2008 (£32 www.nakedwines.com)

Very impressive deep fruited intense Shiraz

BLACK TONGUE SHIRAZ 2008 (£20 www.nakedwines.com)

very plump, sweet, smooth & succulent


Light floral gentle vibrant fizz; best value at this price

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2009 Portugal (Waitrose, £6.69, Majestic, £6.99)

dry, lemony verve and a cool, green grapiness

Peter Lehmann Semillon 2008 Barossa Valley, Australia (Tesco, £6.99)

lovely ripe citrus fruit and hints of smoke and honey work brilliantly

Anakena Viognier 2009 Rapel, Chile (halifaxwinecompany.com, £7.95)

plenty of juicy, peachy fruit and a dab of butter rounding out the finish

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