09 October 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Marks & Spencer Chablis, France 2014 (£12.50, marksandspencer.com)
classy version, with fresh apple and a swish of steel
Morrisons The Best Priorat, Spain 2014 (£10, morrisons.com)
refreshing edge to the rosemary, liquorice and blackberry
Duc de Belmont Coteaux Bourguignons, France 2015 (£8.99, majestic)
fresh, crunchy red from the newish Burgundy appellation
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albariño, Spain 2016 (£8.50, sainsburys)
white-peachy juiciness and blossomy floral characteristics
Champagne Tarlant Zero Brut Nature NV (£36, dulwichvintners; thesampler)
Age it for a few years, and it’ll take on some umami savouriness
Waitrose Solera Jerezana Fino del Puerto Lustau (£10.29, waitrose.com)
salted nuts and Marmite on sourdough toast

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Bonhomme Minervois 2016 (£5.99 Lidl; 13% abv)
gutsy blend of syrah and grenache
Cars & Marin Fitou 2015 (£5.99 Lidl; 13.5% abv)
Mémoire du Terroir Cairanne 2015 (£5.99 Lidl; 13.5% abv)
vibrant; both are great everyday drinking
Lidl Costières de Nîmes (£4.99; 13% abv)
a sturdy blend of grenache blanc, clairette and viognier
Waitrose Own-label Fino (£6.99; 15% abv)
perfectly serviceable
Astélia Limoux 2016 (Aldi £8.99; 13.5% abv)
Opulent Chardonnay; would be fabulous as the base for a creamy sauce

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

BIFERNO ROSSO RISERVA PALLADINO 2011 De Lellis (13%; £9.99 Valvona & Crolla)
Very smooth palate with a bright fruit character and spicy mellow undertones
TERAKAU 2015 (13.5%; £6.99 Aldi)
Elegant ripe blackcurranty fruit lush succulent palate and soft mellowness
AZINHAGA DE OURO RESERVA 2015 (13%; £5.99 Lidl)
Voluptuous ripe fruits and firm tannins – not unlike a big plummy rich port
WARWICK FIRST LADY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 (13.5%; £9 Sainsbury’s)
Sweet ripe blackcurranty flavour; undertones of dark chocolate
VINA ZORZAL GRACIANO 2014 (13.5%; £7.50 The Wine Society)
Blackcurrant and dark plum aromas, very savoury earthy notes
TERRE DE FAIANO ORGANIC PRIMITIVO 2015 (13.5%; £7.49 Waitrose until 11 Oct)
Rich blackberry and silky soft palate
MONOS LOCOS RESERVE 2016 (13.5%; £9.99 Virgin Wines)
Very juicy moreish fruit-driven palate, very soft ripe tannins
16 LITTLE BLACK PIGS SHIRAZ 2016 (14%; £9.99 Virgin Wines)
Ripe example of Aussie Shiraz with a distinct underlying sweetness
IL FAGGIO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO 2016 (13%; £9.99 Drinkmonger)
Modern youthful with savoury and spicy twist
CORBIERES ROUGE VIEILLES VIGNES 2016 Fontareche (13.5%; £9.95 Berry Bros)
Sleek ripe spicy blend with sweet plum jam flavours, herby notes
NERO ORO APPASSIMENTO 2016 (13.5%; £8.99/£9.99 Majestic Wine)
Very intense cherry and damson fruited; big chunky and sweet

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Chateau Musar 2009 Lebanon (37.5cl: Waitrose, £11.99; halfwine, £14.10)
gamey and particular, and fades charmingly with age
Waitrose White Burgundy 2016 France (37.5cl: Waitrose, £4.99)
gentle and quite transparent chardonnay, with a creamy texture
Château Grand Puy Ducasse 5ème 2011 Bordeaux (37.5cl: Tanners, £28.50)
lovely elegant shape, and good architecture
Heba Morellino di Scansano 2013 Italy (37.5cl: Lea & Sandeman, £7.95)
thyme-scented sangiovese from coastal Tuscany that tastes of stewed damsons
The Society’s Champagne Brut NV France (37.5cl: The Wine Society, £14.50)
A good thing, in a smaller size. Bubbles for two