09-01-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/01/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Innocent Bystander Pink Mosacto. £6.50 per 37.5cl, Slurp

sweet and frothy with a summery fruitiness

Bourgogne Pinor Noir Vieilles Vignes 2010, Nicolas Potel. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

Tangy, cherry-ish Pinot is light bodied

Taste The Difference Hunter Valley Semillon 2006, £8.99 Sainsbury’s

has a nutty scent and light, lemony flavours

Leitz Rudsheimer Rosengarten Riesling Kabinett 2010, £10.99, Waitrose

starts sweet and finishes zippy; a magic trick in your mouth

Marks & Spencer Negroamaro 2010, £5.99

Highly gluggable with juicy red fruit flavours. Affordable red

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Old Vines Grenache Noir 2010 France (14%, M&S, £6.99)

stewed damsons, fresh purple plums and mulberries all at once

La Clape Blanc Château Roquette sur Mer Arpège 2010 (13.5%, Wine Society, £9.95)

herbaceous more than floral, like dried daisies with almonds and camomile

Les Nivières Saumur 2010 France (13%, Waitrose, £5.99 until Jan 24)

sappy, brightly redcurrant-ish, with leafy hints of undergrowth

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Les Pionniers NV Champagne, £17.99, Co-operative stores

light, crisply refreshing and with a nice long finish

Casa Silva Reserva Carmenère 2009, 9.99, Wine Rack; £8.99, averys.com

aromas of ripe fruits and spices give way to rich, mouth-filling flavours

Banfi Mandrielle Sangiovese 2009, 2 @ £5.99 each Majestic

robust, juicy, medium-bodied, straightforward bottle

the Observer – David Williams

Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône, France, 2009 (2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

tender succulence here, along with a shake of black pepper

La Rioja Alta Viña Arana, Spain 2004 (£19.99, Waitrose)

delightfully aromatic strawberry fruit swathed in vanilla

Château Romanin Les Baux de Provence L’Etoile de Romanin 2007 (£13.99, M&S)

expressive sweet blackcurrant and blackberry fruit; intriguingly savoury edge

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Luscombe’s Hot Ginger Beer – 320ml, £1.54 goodnessdirect.co.uk

should hit the spot nicely

Manns Brown Ale (£1.59 in selected Tescos, £1.76 selected Asdas; 2.8% abv)

would go down rather well with the remains of the Christmas cake

Tillington Hills (£2.65 for 75cl, The Cooperative; 6% abv)

with which you could happily wheel out with the weekend roast

Lidl Hunter’s Glen 8-Year-Old Whisky (40% abv £11.99)

warming, spicy; either on its own or as a comforting hot toddy

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 McManis Family Vineyards Merlot, £8.79, Waitrose

deep, rounded red with leafy, blackcurrant flavours

2008 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, £12.99, Lidl

black cherry fruit, balanced vanilla and white pepper touches

2009 Domaine Les Grands Presbyteres Wild Yeast Muscadet, £8, WoodWinters

intense grapefruit and full, slightly bready, substance. Lovely wine

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Gran Barquero Pedro Ximenez, Spain (Waitrose, £9.25 for 50cl)

sweet, liquid raisins and figs, with a dash of mocha

Les Lions de Suduiraut 2009, Bordeaux (averys.com, £14.99 for 37.5cl)

Peaches, honey and lemon drops, with a fresh finish

De Bortoli Show Reserve Liqueur Muscat NV, Australia (Majestic, 2 @ £11.99)

glorious aroma of toffee and sultanas, and nutty, creamy notes

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