06-08-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 06/08/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Asda Cotes du Rhone 2011. £3.79

Simple tangy flavours with some structure that dries the palate

Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret 2011. £5.29, Majestic

Warming depth and good, long-lasting flavour

Arc du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011. £7.29, Waitrose

Dark spice, complex with long-lasting flavours

Tesco Simply Cotes du Rhone. £3.79

Honest red with a tongue-spank of spice

Eclipse Riesling 2011, Chile. £7.99, M&S

This refreshing white Riesling is sexy as hell

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti 2011 Italy (5%, The Wine Society, £6.50)

blessed with floral scents and the hauntingly delicate smell of white peaches

Gallo Family Moscato 2011 California (8.5%, Sains, £6.79; Ocado, £6.99; Asda, £6.58)

A little bit thick for a moscato, like a paper-bagful of pineapple chunks

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 Australia (8%, Tesco, £7.49)

lighter and more floaty, a little bit more moscato-ish if I am honest

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

2011 Ramos Reserva, Alentejo. buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

full of berry and plum fruit with a twist of damsony acidity

2011 Secano Paico Vineyard Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc. £11.99, Marks & Spencer

intensity of concentrated, gooseberryish flavour in Sancerre mould

2010 Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne Pinot Noir. £14.95 at Lea & Sandeman

succulence of cherry fruit with no overt interference of oak

the Observer – David Williams

Taboexa Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain 2011 (£9.99, Waitrose)

Fresh without being austere, fleshy and round without being fat

Le Citronnier Colombard Sauvignon Blanc, France 2011 (£7.99, Laithwaites)

zippy, grassy dry white from Gascony in southwest France

The Co-operative Les Pionniers Brut Champagne NV (£15.99 on offer)

brioche, fresh apples and perfectly balanced, pinpoint acidity

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Vieux Manoir (£6.99, most Co-op stores; 13% abv)

smooth, plummy, from the excellent 2009 vintage

Sybille Kuntz Estate Riesling 2008 (£13.41,Loeb; £14.95, Valvona & Crolla)

delicate, limey; a mature, genuinely dry riesling

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2010/11 (14% abv, Majestic 2 @ £7.99)

lush, full-bodied; good with grilled salmon, roast butternut squash

Tesco Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc 2011 (£6.99; 13.5% abv)

just off-dry, but irresistibly lush and peachy

Binyamina Merlot 2010 (£9.49 in selected Marks & Spencer; 13% abv)

smooth, ripe, berry-packed red; light enough to swig on its own

Barkan Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (£9.49 M&S; 13% abv)

delicious, too

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Taste the Difference Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc. £5.99 until 14 Aug, Sainsbury

usual flowery liveliness but backs it with lemon, peach and a tangerine

2009 Cigarra Tinto Lisboa, Portugal. £6, Oddbins

smooth texture and intensity; bramble and plum with a spicy nutmeg finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Ch Rives-Blanques Blanquette de Limoux 2009/10. Tanners, £13.70; Grt Wstrn Wine, £13.50

plenty of big bouncy bubbles; crunch of apple; some toasty, yeasty depths

Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs NV. Waitrose, £11.99

dry and fresh, with subtle, delicate apples and pears to the fore

Berry Bros & Rudd Crémant de Limoux NV (£11.95)

tasting like lemon meringue pie, with a light layer of cream

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