04-04-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 04/04/2011

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the Financial Times – Jancis Robinson

Ch de Camensac 2001

a fresh, elegant waft of classic claret

Ch Beauséjour Duffau (Lagarrosse) 2001 St-émilion

plump, succulent and rewarding

Ch Brane Cantenac 2001 Margaux

elegant, polished Margaux that has not suffered the fate of being too heavily tarted up

Ch Leoville Las Cases 2001

seems even more reticent and surly than usual

Ch Grand Puy Lacoste 2001

one of the better buys, as is so often the case

Ch Lynch Bages 2001

very attractive and perhaps longer lived

Ch Cos d’Estournel 2001

continues to outperform Ch Montrose 2001

Angélus 2001

not nearly as impressive at Bordeaux Index tasting as most other samples

the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Wallundra Estate Shiraz, Australia. Asda, down to £4

bursting with bold, spicy, peppery, albeit slightly jammy, fruit

2008 Wallundra Estate Semillon-Sauvignon, Australia. Asda, down to £4

cut-price, lively, zesty, citrus-scented white

2007 Cerro de la Mesa Rioja, Crianza, Cune, Spain. Waitrose, £9.99

fat, velvety, plum and prune-stashed, deeply mellow

Bredon Brut, P & C Heidsieck, France. Waitrose, £16.99 until Tuesday

crisp, lively, lemon zest and green apple-styled fizz

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Côtes de Saint-Mont, Château de Sabazan 2005 (£12.50 The Wine Society)

Pruney Gascon blend that opens out into cherries and light velvet

Cambridge Road Martinborough Syrah 2008 (£34.50 Caves de Pyrène)

exquisite gloss to the peppery syrah: sensational

Sumaridge Epitome 2007 (£15.99 The Wine Library)

Bottled biltong — meat and spices from South Africa

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Barón de Ley Club Privado Rioja 2006. £5.66on offer at Waitrose

veneer of vanilla and coconut oak supporting a smooth red-berry-fruit

2009 Paul Mas Marsanne. Asda, £7.74

delicious dry southern French white; floral aromas and peachy fruit

2009 L’Empreinte de Saint-Mont. £12.99, Adnams Cellar & Kitchen

mouthwatering dry white combines a richness of texture and subtle spicy oak

the Observer – David Williams

Mas de Montagnes Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France 2008 (2 @ £5.99, Majestic)

appealing aniseed/liquorice edge to its red fruit and slightly dry, grippy tannins

Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia 2009 (£11.99, M&S)

terrific purity of black fruit, some vanilla and coconut

Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2009 (£15.99, Noel Young)

utterly charming Dolcetto; ripe, crunchy and vividly red-cherry fruited

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Utiel-Requena, Toro Loco Tempranillo 2009 (£3.49 – pre-budget – Aldi)

Ripe, warm and generous, it’s the perfect wine for a Friday night pizza

Laderas de El Sequé 2009 (£6.95; Wine Society)

Lush monastrell from Alicante

Solà Fred 2009 (£6.95; Wine Society)

vividly fruity old vine carignan from Monsant

Treintamil Maravedies 2008 Vinos de Madrid (£13.60, Theatre of Wine)

vibrant, made from some wonderful organic old vine garnacha

4kilos, 12 Volts 2009, Mallorca (£16.57, Ballantynes; £16.95, winedirect)

supercharged blend of the indigenous callet-fogoneu with syrah, cabernet and merlot

2009 Bastion de la Luna (£17.50; 12.5% Caviste)

fresh, elegant, peppery young red

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009 Vanderburg Chenin Blanc Chardonnay, South Africa, £3.99 until Tuesday, Co-op

Initial smooth, banana flavours; lively touches of lemon and grapefruit

2010 Chevalier de Fauvert Merlot, France, £3.84, Lidl

soft red with lively acidity and hints of cinnamon

2008 Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, Australia, £11.99, Eskview Wines

Fabulous; fresh lemon flavours underpin ripe and elegant richness

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Beyers Truter Pinotage 2009 (£5.25)

Mellow, soft and appealing with autumnal nuances of ripe blackberry

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (£9.99)

Richly textured and intense, with hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon

Klein Constantia Cabernet-Merlot 2007/8, (Majestic, 2 @£7.99)

Well-balanced, impressive Bordeaux-style blend, which is soft but rich

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