09-06-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/06/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2005 Château Bellerives Dubois Bordeaux Supérieur, Majestic 2 @ £4.99

seductive, supple, ripe, plummy, smoky-oaky, sandalwood-scented

House White, Vin de Table, France, Marks & Spencer, £3.79.

zingy, lemon zest-spiked non-vintage wine

2007 Sauvignon Blanc-Grenache, Maurel Vedeau. Tesco £3.99 until June 15

two thirds floral, grassy sauvignon blanc; faintly appley, more full-bodied

2007 Sunrise Sauvignon Blanc, Concha y Toro. Waitrose, £5.49; Booths, £4.99

floral, nettle and flowering currant-charged fruit

2006 Calder Grove Chardonnay. Somerfield, £4.99 until July 1

bold, buttery, melon and peach-stacked chardonnay

2007 Periquita White, José Maria da Fonseca. Waitrose, £5.29.

excellent, spicy, peach and grapefruit zest-stashed wine

2007 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Asda, £5.38.

distinctive, grassily elegant, verdant, peapod-stashed sauvignon

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2005 Peter Lehmann Barossa Semillon, £6.15 Asda

Smooth, attractively dry, lemony, spicy white; 11.5% abv

2007 Vouvray, Champteloup Vieux Vauvert, £6.49 Waitrose

Medium-dry with honeyed apple fruit and zingy acidity; 11% abv

2007 Côtes de Gascogne Cabernet Franc, Domaine Millet, £6.95 Yapp Bros

Light, soft, raspberry-scented rosé; 11.5% abv

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Los Robles Chilean Fairtrade Carmenère. 3-litre £15.99 Sainsbury

the ideal summery red to have on tap, literally.

2007 Jasnières Domaine des Gauletteries. £7.99, Majestic

dried apricot and peach characters are focused by acidity

2005 St Chinian Hecht & Bannier, Languedoc-Roussillon. £12.95, Berry Bros

grenache and mourvèdre brings an extra dimension to the berry flavours.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Fairhills Cabernet/Shiraz, Western Cape (£5.19, 14%, Tesco)

smooth, spicy, sweetly oaked

2007 Fairtrade Live a Little Wildly Wicked White, (£5.65, Vintage Roots)

fresh, aromatic, Chenin- and Sauvignon Blanc-based

2007 Ses’fikile Chardonnay, Western Cape (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

elegant, balanced, citrus-fruit and vanilla-like

2006 Origin Cinsault/Merlot, Western Cape (3 @ £4.66 Threshers, Wine Rack)

fresh, raspberryish, lightly oaked

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2005 Finca Flichman Reserva Shiraz. £4.64 on offer Waitrose

restrained, northern Rhône style, with a beautiful clarity of black-fruit

2006 Quinta do Coa Douro, Portugal (£7.50 Vintage Roots)

Classy Douro white; full of sultry pineapple and turrón flavours

Louis Roederer Brut Premier (£30-£40; widely available)

creamy, nutty loveliness

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Les Ruettes Sancerre 2007, France. £10.99, Marks & Spencer

a swell of green reminiscent of undulating fields in June

Domaine André Vatan ‘Les Perriers’ Sancerre 2006. £12.50, Yapp Brothers

A bit of gunflint and lovely tranquillity; sharp grass and citrus aromas soften

André Dezat Domaine Thibault Pouilly-Fumé 2006. £12.75 Berry Bros & Rudd

it glides and slips and has hidden depths; more ethereal than many

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2007. £14.99, Majestic, Waitrose

glacial calm; Minerallic, elegant, and serious

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