10-05-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 10/05/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Italia Pinot Grigio Rosé, Pavia. Boo, Mor, Bud, Lon, Wai, ~£5.99

attractive, perfumed, meaty, juicy fruit.

2009 Rondinella Pinot Grigio Rosé, Alto Mincio. Marks & Spencer, £7.99

Gorgeous red rondinella grape-based rosé, fine, floral, perfumed

Pink port. Marks & Spencer, 50cl, £7.99

curranty, peppery, earthy but raspberry-laden port

2009 Paper Road Pinot Rosé, Wairarapa. Armit, £11.85

overflows with stunning, spicy strawberry fruit.

2008 Montana East Coast Rosé. Booths, £7.65

verdant berry fruit and zingy, grassy palate

2009 Andrew Peace Masterpeace Shiraz-Sangiovese Rosé. Co-op, £5.99

refreshing, tasty, sweet, perfumed, peppery bramble fruit.

2009 Benchmark Rosé, Grant Burge, South Australia. Oddbins, £7.99

sweet, floral berry fruit makes a good spicy summer food wine

2008 Skuttlebutt Shiraz-Merlot Rosé, Western Australia. Oddbins, £10.99

classy, off-dry, partridge-eye pink; elegant, plummy, peppery, grassy

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Carrère Vintage 1986 Armagnac (£27.99 Oddbins)

Marzipan and caramel make for good sniffing

G Miclo Framboise Eau de Vie (£30 thewhiskyexchange)

Raspberries distilled. For a creamier hit, keep in the freezer

Jean Goyard Vieux Marc de Champagne (£27.25 gerrys)

The rough, sexy, bastard cousin of cognac

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay. Tesco £4.99 until Tuesday

benchmark refreshingly crisp melon and peachy chardonnay

2008 Alamos Malbec, Mendoza. £7.49, Majestic

rich in blackberry fruit flavours with a succulence of texture

2007 Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Les Chalumeaux. £35, Marks & Spencer

glorious example of Puligny; lees-derived mealy characters

the Times – Tim Atkin

2008 The Naked Grape Riesling, Pfalz (£6.49, 11.5%, Booths; £6.99, Waitrose)

juicy and faintly exotic, with flavours of white peach and nectarine

2008 Dr L Riesling, Mosel (from £6.79, 8.5%, Maj, Sains, Asda, Oddb, Boo, Tesco)

crisp, appley and light-bodied with enough sweetness for balance

2008 Mineralstein Riesling, Pfalz/Mosel (£6.99, 11.5%, Marks & Spencer)

Perky and just off-dry, this is floral and fresh with racy acidity

2002 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, (£8.99, Majestic)

delicious characters of fresh lime, toast and (dare I say it?) petrol

2008 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, Mosel (£9.90, Tanners)

Utterly wonderful on the palate: light, bright and youthful

2008 Dr Loosen ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (£12.49, 7.5%, Waitrose)

very complex wine, with notes of blackcurrant leaf, pepper and yellow peach

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Marc Chauvet Champagne Brut Tradition NV (£19.50, therealwineco.co.uk)

Impressive for under £20.

H Blin Champagne Brut NV (£25.99, Oddbins)

Based on pinot meunier, that gives champagne an incense-like spice.

Philipponnat Champagne Royale Reserve NV (£29.99, Oddbins)

Seriously good wine, delicately forceful and highly satisfying.

Tarlant Champagne Brut Zero NV (£30, M&S)

Bone dry, appetite-stimulating, the taste of tart green apples.

Pol Roger Champagne Brut Reserve NV (£35, widely available)

Winston Churchill’s favourite house; subtle, elegant and smooth.

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

KOOYONG MASSALE PINOT NOIR 2008 (£16 The Wine Society)

Delicate, vibrant aromas, poised ripe lush fruit spicy finish


Beautifully plump succulent smooth, savoury undertones & lovely length

TEN MINUTES BY TRACTOR PINOT NOIR 2008 (£19.99- £25 Oddbins; Bancroft)

mineral notes, ripe cherry fruits, soft succulent & a delicate

STONIER RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2008 (£18.75 Bbibendum)

herby sweet aromas, refined red fruits and fine acid thread

the Telegraph – Jonny Ray

2007 Domaine du Trillol, Corbières, 13.5%, (£5.99 until May 11 Waitrose)

delicately scented, robust, spicy and fruity, with hints of herbs

2009 Domaine Les Rocailles, Apremont, 11.5%vol, (£6.39until May 11 Waitrose)

light, refreshing and zesty. An excellent aperitif

2007 Mas Carlot White Costières de Nîmes, 12.5%vol, (£7.95 fromvineyardsdirect.com)

bags of fruity character with a firm, almost savoury backbone

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