07-03-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 07/03/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Finest Old Vines Tempranillo, Extremadura, Spain. Tesco, 2 @ £5 each

Tasty, tannic, smoke, herb and plum-laden Spanish red

2008 Finest Touriga Nacional, Portugal. Tesco, 2 @ £5 each

Delicious oak-aged verdant, herby, screw-capped ‘08

2008 Terroir de Vigne et de Truffe Chardonnay, France. Oddbins, £9.99

elegant, zesty, floral chardonnay

2008 Deen Vat 4 Petit Verdot, De Bortoli, Australia. Oddbins, £9.99

fat, juicy, plum, ink and violet-stashed red

2008 St Aubin Blanc, Champtirant, Christian Lebaupin, France. M & S, £17

elegant, zesty; very refined, sweet hazelnut fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 (£19.95 per half Jeroboams)

Lemon and figs

Inniskillin Vidal Oak Aged Icewine 2006 (£45 per half Ocado)

Sultana crème brûlée from Canada

Exhibition Sauternes 2007 (£20 Wine Society)

Peachy marmalade

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Les Vignerons Catalans Côtes du Roussillon Villages. £5.49 until 15 Mar, Tesco

herb scented; infused with a satisfying dark fruits and angostura-like spiciness

2008 Vasse Felix Semillon, Margaret River, Australia. £8.99 until 3 Apr, M&S

lemony allure is like a liquid rich lemon drizzle cake with tangy freshness

2008 Pétalos Bierzo, Descendientes de J.Palacios, 2 @ £12.79, Majestic

deeply blackcurranty and black cherryish, framed by a damsony bite

the Observer – David Williams

Sistina Pecorino Terre di Chieti, Italy, 2009 (2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

Full of almonds, fresh spring blossom and zesty, limey acidity

Marks & Spencer Gavi di Gavi, Italy 2010 (£9.49, Marks & Spencer)

all about taut citrus freshness

Casa Catelli Rosso Di Toscana IGT 2008 (£9.75, vineyardsdirect.com)

dark cherries with a little cassis, some savoury leather and green olives

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Chevalier de Fauvert Merlot Pays d’Oc 2010 (£3.84, Lidl; 13% abv)

Hard to beat for value; bright, breezy Languedoc red

Morrisons Everyday Claret 2009 (£4.79; 13% abv)

attractively fruity; 80% merlot

Spar Chilean Merlot (£4.89; 13% abv)

perfectly decent

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Curico Valley Merlot 2009 (£5.99; 13.5% abv)

well-structured, made for them by the excellent Errazuriz

Château du Gazin 2008 Canon-Fronsac (£7.79 on offer Waitrose; 13% abv)

elegant, classic; good value for money

Ronan Grand Vin de Bordeaux (£9.99, fromvineyardsdirect.com; 13% abv)

new worldish style; sexy, supple

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne NV. £20.99 until 15 Mar, Tesco

excellent balance, lively lemon acidity and a light, slightly nutty

2009 Taste the Difference Cotes du Rhone Villages, £6.15, Sainsbury’s

attractive damson and bramble flavours with a touch of spicy liquorice

2010 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2 @ £8.49, Majestic

lime, kiwi and white currant to mellow the usual fresh, citrus flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Muriel Reserva Rioja 2005 Spain (13%, £5.99 x 2 Majestic)

spicy, rich wine that tastes almost as if it’s been pre-mulled

Paul Mas Marsanne 2009 Pays d’Oc, France (13%, £7.74, Asda)

succulent and tangy, as if tinged with orange and clementine zest

Domaine Bunan Bandol 2006 France (14%, £13.99 M&S)

dry, savoury, with a gentle rasp to its tannins

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