09-02-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/02/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Viña Maipo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Sainsbury’s £3.49 until Tue

bargain wine with gentle, floral, lemon zesty fruit and wide solo wine appeal.

2007 Viña Maipo Reserva Merlot, Chile. Sainsbury’s £3.49 until Tuesday

lively, raisiny, plummy merlot that goes ideally with meaty pizza and pasta.

2006 Banrock Station, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, Somerfield £4.49 until Tue

rich, fat, blackcurranty, 14 per center is a steal at this price.

2007 French Connection Reserve Chardonnay. Somerfield, £4.49 until Tuesday

superior, unoaked chardonnay, with light, juicy, lemon and melon-charged fruit.

2004 Château Batailley, Bordeaux, France. Bibendum (020-7449 4120), £18.99

fine, scented, cedary yet burly fruit and could just about work with big winter food

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

Blason de Bourgogne Crémant Rosé, £9.99 (Waitrose).

Great-value, strawberry-scented fizz from Burgundy

Devaux Cuvée Rosé Champagne, £26.99-£30 (Stainton, Martinez, Villeneuve, Liberty)

Lively and seductively fruity

Perrier-Jouët Blason Champagne Rosé, (Majestic 2 @ £32.99)

Stylish, sophisticated, deserves more stockists

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2003 Ramón Lopez Murillo Rioja Reserva .£4.99, Aldi

smoky vanilla undertones to the fruit qualities.

2007 Via Collina, Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba. £5.49 on offer Waitrose

mulberry fruity quality is just the foil for pasta and grills.

2007 Sancerre La Moussière, Alphonse Mellot. £14.99, Sainsbury’s

flinty, elderfloral bouquet, with Granny Smith snap

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Clos de la Coutale (£6.49, 13%, Booths, www.everywine.co.uk)

perfumed yet firmish, modern-style

2004 Quatre Chambrées, Domaine de la Berangeraie (£12.95, 13%, Vine Trail)

finer, yet more traditional; needs food.

2008 Asda Argentinian Malbec, Trivento (£4.24, 13%, Asda)

plummy, violet-scented

2007 Phebus Malbec Gran Reserva, Mendoza (£12.99, waitrose.com/wine)

elegant, stylishly oaked; made from 80-year-old vines.

The 2007 Paul Mas La Forge Malbec, Vin de Pays d’Oc (£7.99, selected Tesco)

lightly oaked, brambly number with complex, savoury tannins

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Jansz Premium Cuvee Rose NV, Tasmania, Australia (berkmann.co.uk for stockists, £11.99)

ripe, very creamy style with rich notes of vanilla and fudge.

Champagne Jacquart Rose Tradition NV, France (Tesco, Asda, £26.98)

plenty of cherryish tang, lively fizz and some biscuity nuances

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut, France (Odd, Self, HNic, Harr £53.99)

rich colour, good depth of raspberry fruit, dry finish and a violetty, floral hint

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Felton Road Dry Riesling (Berry Bros take an allocation)

real class and a sense of completeness

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2007 (Around £8:00, Sains, Waitrose; Wine Rack 3 @ £5.99)

aromatic, lime quality, a hint of off-dryness that’s expressed as succulence

Framingham Classic Riesling 2008, Marlborough (£10.99, Caves de Pyrene)

sweeter, leaning towards the German model, with real clarity

Spy Valley Envoy Riesling (bibendum-wine.co.uk).

juicy and easy; definition and verve

The Pilgrimage Mazuelo 2007, Extremadura, Spain (£6.98, Asda)

combines fleshiness with spice and refreshing acidity

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