03-08-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 02/08/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Vinsobres, Cellier des Dauphins, France Asda £5.50 until September 15

Scoop up this cut-price, spicy, burnt plum and blackberry-stashed grenache-dominant red

2007 Tiers Rioja Joven, Tempranillo, Spain Asda £4.93

lively, ripe, plummy, young version gives you more fruit than plank.

Castillo Perelada Cava, Spain Waitrose own label, £5.99 until August 18

best non-vintage cava on the block. An elegant, floral, musky, grapey mouthful

2008 Château d’Aqueria Rose, Tavel, Jean Olivier, France Waitrose £9.79

one of my favourite dry, French rosés

2008 Saint-Véran, Domaine des Maillettes, Jeroboams, £10.33

fresh, gentle, leafy chardonnay fruit, which makes a fine summer aperitif

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Bellet Blanc 2004 Château de Crémat (£16.99 lafayetteswines.co.uk)

Curvaceous and creamy yet fresh and light on its feet

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2008 (from £5.99 widely available)

Light in alcohol, off-dry, a perfumed fruit salad with a touch of gewürztraminer

Botalcura Cabernet Franc Gran Reserva 2004 (£11.89 qpwines.com)

Ripe, fat, dark and fruity

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Pikes The White Mullet, Clare Valley. £9.99, or buy 3 = £6.66, Wine Rack

combining a floral fragrance with voluptuously textured peach and nectarine fruit.

2007 Sartarelli Verdicchio de Castelli di Jesi. £8.99, Oddbins

delicately fresh and floral; showing ripe, full-flavoured stone-fruit characters

2008 Torres Viña Esmeralda. £6.99, Waitrose, Oddbins

fresh scent of grapes dunked in cream soda

2008 Sensas Sauvignon, Vin de Pays. 2 = £5.49, until Monday, Majestic

bright, aromatic quality and juicy fresh, moreishly goosberryish, herbaceous fruit

2008 Taste the Difference Sancerre. £11.99 Sainsbury’s

fresh aromatics combining with a crisply herbaceous, delicately spiced fruit .

2008 Extra Special Clare Valley Riesling. Asda, £7.98

pungently fragrant with brown lime and riesling’s trademark petrolly aromas

2008 Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills. £7.99, Co-op, Majestic, Waitrose

refreshingly gooseberryish tropical fruit flavours and zesty acidity

Montana Sparkling Rosé, NV. £8.99, Waitrose

Appetisingly dry fizz; juicy raspberry fruitiness; fine-textured mousse

2008 Forty Knots Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand. £12.99, Marks & Spencer

undertones of tropical passion fruit and green bean

2007 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca. 2= £8.79, Majestic, £9.99, Co-op

toffee and butterscotch fudge-like flavours; complex, full-flavoured

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux (2 @ £5.99Majestic)

crisp, nettly

2008 Carletti Malvasia, Abruzzo (£5.99, or £4.79 by mixed dozen Oddbins)

ginger, spicy

2007 Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir, Victoria (2 @ £7.49 13.5%, Majestic)

savoury, supple

2006 Château Camplazens Syrah (£10.99, or 3 @ £7.33 13%, Wine Rack)

best of all; smoky, gamey

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2007 (£15.95, Berry Bros)

magnificently alive and vigorous; cumulonimbus clouds with light blazing through

Drouhin Clos des Mouches 1er Cru Blanc 2007 (£55, Waitrose; 13.5% abv)

in which, though still young, a wealth of pleasure sleeps.

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut Champagne NV £45

summer red fruit notes of raspberry and wild strawberry

1985 Veuve Clicquot rare vintage rosé, £70

earthy nose with notes of thyme, mushrooms and brioche

La Grande Dame Rosé 1998, Veuve Clicquot, £170

dry, with crisp cherries on the nose, and is quite earthy and pongy

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the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Sainsbury’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2008, Italy (£4.10)

distinctive lime and angelica notes of verdicchi

Las Falleras Rose 2008, Spain (Marks & Spencer, £3.99)

cranberry, plum and raspberry flavours

Voceret Chablis 2007, Vieilles Vignes, France (Majestic, £12.49)

Fine, ripe and fruity white with plenty of golden-apple flavour but a dry finish

Tim Adams Clare Valley riesling (Waitrose and Tesco, £8.50)

perfumed, lime-drenched joy from a meticulous winemaker

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