07-02-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 07/02/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Paul Mas Estate Pépinière Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Majestic, £8.99)

intense, tangy, herb and white currant-laden

Bergerac’s 2006 Clos d’Yvigne, Le Petit Prince (Majestic, £9.99)

juicy, medium-weight red; fleshed with black cherry-charged fruit

Janneau 8-Year Old Armagnac (50cl, Waitrose, £20.93)

delicious in the glass

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Southern Right Pinotage 2008 (£12.49 Waitrose)

Strawberries and chorizo

Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2009 (£14.99 Majestic)

Chocolate, berries and an intriguing touch of yoghurt

Tukulu Pinotage 2007 (£9.99 Oddbins)

Savoury, toasty and a little rougher on the throat

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

Château de Ciffre Faugères Terroirs d’Altitude, 2008. £15.30, slurp.co.uk

tannic and structured, with lots of dark fruit and savoury herbal flavours

Montgravet Chardonnay, 2009. £4.99, waitrose.com

strict minerality of Gascony and tropical fruit and citrus

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel, 2007. £4.99, majestic.co.uk

unpretentious, easily quaffable; full-bodied, bold but balanced

the Observer – David Williams

Mont Tauch Les Garrigues Grande Reserve Grenache Noir 2010 (£6.39 Sainsbury’s)

spicy modern red, smooth and warming, with a succulent plummy character

Finca Laderas de Val Espiago, Calatayud, Spain, 2009 (£10.99, Virgin Wines)

Power, richness and concentration are balanced by very clean, vivacious red fruit

Innocent Bystander Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia 2009 (£9.49, westmountwine.co.uk)

classy, carefully oaked, delightfully fresh chardonnay

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

2010 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc (£13-£15, Wine Soc; winedirect.co.uk, Ballantynes)

Vivid and citrussy with a lovely mineral streak

Wild Sauvignon (13.3%, £22, The Wine Society)

rewardingly complex; most exciting New Zealand sauvignon I’ve yet encountered

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009 Fairtrade Chenin Blanc Viognier, South Africa, £5.59, Sainsbury’s

Gentle pineapple fruit; apricot touches from the viognier.

2009 The Crossings Pinot Noir Marlborough, NZ, £9.75 (until 12 Feb), Wine Society

substantial, flowery pinot with cherry and raspberry fruit

2008 Macon-Villages Chardonnay Cave de Lugny, £6.99, Penicuik Wines

Smooth, creamy entry-point white Burgundy with fresh lemon and apple flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Torreguaceto Pietraluna Negroamaro del Salento 2009 13%, £7.49 The Real Wine Co

lush and yet also fresh round the edges, with a tinge of sour cherry

Ventisquero Pinot Noir Reserva 2009 Chile 13.5%, £7.99 TRWC

red berry fruit with a soupçon of crunch and elegance

La Tour Trencavel Minervois La Liviniere 2007 France 14%, £11 TRWC

real substance as well as a silken texture and a scent of dried violets

Prosecco Colli Trevigiani Sacchetto NV Italy 11%, £6.99 TRWC

simple, but highly drinkable: a light, easy, semi-sparkling wine

Boas Vinhas 2008 Portugal £7.99 TRWC

has oomph but also rusticity; makes me think of old leaves and liquorice

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