06-04-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 06/04/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Chablis, Union des Viticulteurs de Chablis, Marks & Spencer £8.49 until April 13

A classy, leafy chablis with fine, floral, lemony, chardonnay fruit on the palate.

2007 Saint Maurice, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Marks & Spencer, £4.99 until April 13

A simple, peppery, grenache-dominant red.

2008 Runestone Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, Co-op, £4.99 until April 19

bargain sparky, herby Kiwi sauvignon, complete with musky, faintly tropical fruit.

2008 Limited Release Cape Gewürztraminer, Co-op, £3.99 until April 19

tasty, off-dry South African gewürz oozing soft, rich, citrus and lychee fruit.

2007 Nature, Visan, Domaine La Fourmente, A & B Vintners £9.95; Amphora £10.45

top-dog organic Rhône red; heaves with vibrant, spicy, grenache and syrah fruit.

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Prosecco La Marca NV, £6.99 Waitrose.

Basic and bubbly with a softness that masks an underlying bitterness

Tesco Finest Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Spumante, £8.99

A big step up: the extra £2 brings in flowers and a bowl of fruit.

Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut Jeio Bisol NV, £9.99 The Winesmith

Floral, fruity, persistent bubbles; verve from blending a bit of pinot bianco

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Syrah, Cave de Saint Désirat. Buy 2 = £4.99, Majestic

attractive young syrah; juicy summer-berry fruitiness

2007 Château Gaillard Reuilly, Loire. £9.99, M&S

pure, full-flavoured; fine-textured stonefruit and flinty minerality.

2004 Alter Ego de Château Palmer. £29.99 Sainsbury’s Fine Wine to 14 April

all about aroma and fresh, elegant black fruit flavour.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut (£8.99, 12%, widely available)

fruity, surprisingly dry

Lindauer Special Select Brut (£9.99, 12%, Waitrose)

malty, more developed

Cave de Bailly (£9.99, 12%, Marks & Spencer)

chalky, all-Chardonnay sparkling Burgundy

Deutz Marlborough Cuvée Brut (£10.99, 12%, Booths; £11.99, Oddbins)

vibrant, yet refined

Green Point Brut Rosé (£17.99, or 2 @ £11.99 each, Majestic)

raspberryish, fine-bubbled

2005 Camel Valley Cornwall Pinot Noir (£29.95, 12.5%, camelvalley.com)

stylish, flavoursome, beautifully poised

2006 Ridgeview Merret Cavendish Brut (£19.95, 12%, ridgeview.co.uk)

refreshingly dry, toasty, complex

2008 Gran Tesoro Garnacha, Campo de Borja (£3.49, 13.5% Tesco)

juicy, peppery; strawberry and raspberry fruit in abundance

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Chateau Reysson 2005, Bordeaux, France (Tesco, £8.48 until 14 April)

big, ripe, deliciously rich Bordeaux red, based on cabernet

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2007 (WRack and Thresher, £14.99)

Sweetly scented, smooth, fruity red with a succulent, raspberry tone

Cune Rioja Reserva 2004, Spain (Waitrose, £11.49)

Plenty of red-berry fruit and oak, and a rounded, supple finish.

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko 2007 (£9.19, Waitrose; 13.5% abv)

courses with minerality, leaving a pithy grapefruit taste in your mouth

Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Berg-Vogelsang 2007 (£12.99, selected Waitrose)

filled with air and light, like looking through vast picture windows on to a clean, green landscape

De Forville Barbera d’Asti 2006 (£8.99, down from £10.99 when you buy two, Majestic)

edginess of sour cherries; spice of its 12 months in oak; delicate, dusty, perfumed flavours

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2005 (£17.99, selected Tesco; 14.5% abv)

sit down in a leather armchair, inhale and, slowly, sip one glass rather than bolt two

Torres Viña Sol Rosé 2008 (£4.79, down from £5.99 until 21 April, Waitrose)

Dry, with vigorous flavour and good weight, you could get through a lot of this

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