10-08-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 10/08/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Dr L Riesling (Majestic, £6.99; Sainsbury’s, £6.74)

light, appley spice

2008 Château de Caraguilhes Rosé from Corbières (£7.19, Waitrose)

delicious, inky, cherry-scented

2008 Palacio de Bornos Verdejo Rueda, Spain (Waitrose, £7.49)

punchy, verdant, white

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Bellet Blanc 2004 Château de Crémat (£16.99 lafayetteswines.co.uk)

Curvaceous and creamy yet fresh and light on its feet

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2008 (from £5.99 widely available)

Light in alcohol, off-dry, a perfumed fruit salad with a touch of gewürztraminer

Botalcura Cabernet Franc Gran Reserva 2004 (£11.89 qpwines.com)

Ripe, fat, dark and fruity

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Les Andides Saumur. £4.99 until 18 August, Waitrose

crisp and appley with a lingering bone-dry finish.

2006 Domaine Vistalba Viñalba Malbec/Syrah. £7.48, Asda

opulent black cherry flavour only Argentina seems to manage with malbec

2008 Forty Knots Sauvignon Blanc. £12.99, Marks & Spencer

passion-fruit flavours and the green-pepper characters

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux (2 @ £5.99Majestic)

crisp, nettly

2008 Carletti Malvasia, Abruzzo (£5.99, or £4.79 by mixed dozen Oddbins)

ginger, spicy

2007 Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir, Victoria (2 @ £7.49 13.5%, Majestic)

savoury, supple

2006 Château Camplazens Syrah (£10.99, or 3 @ £7.33 13%, Wine Rack)

best of all; smoky, gamey

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Cave de Saint Désirat Vin de Pays Gamay 2008 (£3.99, Marks & Spencer)

wistful, sappy

Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Croix des Rameaux 2006 (magnum £39.84 lescaves.co.uk)

gorgeous, vestigially earthy

Domaine du Colombier Chinon 2007 (£5.99, Sainsbury’s; 13% abv)

undertones of redcurrant leaves and graphite

Les Nivières Saumur 2007 (£6.49, Waitrose; 12.5% abv)

summer pudding-ish in style, with a little more weight and might

Guerrieri Rizzardi Valpolicella Classico 2008 (£12.99, Longford Wines)

poised; made from corvina, rondinella, molinara and merlot

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Berberana Vina Alarde Gran Reserva 2002, Rioja, 2 @ £8.99 Majestic

luscious, forward oak and red fruit flavours

Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2008, Australia, £9.99, Sainsbury

grown-up, pongy pinot with a balance and poise

Côtes du Rhône 2007, £7.55 www.bbr.com

lots of heady, upfront fruit and a nice, complete balance.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Asda Sicilian White, Italy (£3.27)

juicy but dry citrus flavour and a fresh, crisp finish.

Xerolithia 2008, Peza, Crete (oddbins, £6.99)

bone-dry, whistle-clean, almost saltily fresh white

Pellegrino Marsala Superiore, Sicily (Tes, Sain, Oddb, Wait, £6.99)

caramel, hazelnut and dried fig

Macia Batle Crianza Red 2006. £13.50 Noel Young; Corks Cotham

complex, toasty, mocha-infused

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