10th December 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Finest Minervois La Livinière, France 2016 (£9)
trademark lustrous, hearty stew-friendly mix of dark fruit and wild herbiness
Château Maris Les Planels La Livinière Minervois 2015 (£17.99, Waitrose)
paradoxical mix of power and refinement that La Livinière can offer
Anne Gros et J-P Tollot Les Fontanilles Minervois 2016 (£19.95, leaandsandeman)
the districts wildness of aroma; gracious, supple, red-fruited charm

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Villa Alberti Amarone della Valpolicella 2015. £12.99 Aldi
The best priced, if not the most complex, amarone out there
La Dama Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012. £29.99 Virgin Wines
Big (and I mean big), rich, figgy and spicy. Wickedly indulgent
Vigne Alte Zeni Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013. £35 Tanners
Textbook amarone: intense and powerful. My favourite of those I tasted
Papale Oro Primitivo di Manduria Varvaglione 2015. £18.99 Great Western Wine
Expensive for primitivo, but a gloriously lush, sweetly fruited red

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TERRA SANA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 (£6.99 Aldi)
Grassy aromas, gooseberry fruits and vibrant acid.
CARPINUS HARSLEVELU DRY WHITE 2017 (£7.99 Lidl)
Citric, sweet sour, rich sappy minerally dry white
BRADGATE CHENIN BLANC 2015 (£9.99 Rude Wines)
Tropical notes and creamy lees richness – a succulent mellow white.
LA NUIT BLANCHE CABERNET BLANC 2016 Francois Pugibet (£10.79 Laithwaites)
Delicate finely structure, apricot and green apple flavours
MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE CHATEAU THEBAUD 2014 (£15.99 Virgin Wines)
Richly citric and zingly fresh considering its age.
RHEINGAU RIESLING TROCKEN 2016 Eva Fricke (£16.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Richer and zestier than her usual style with vivid floral and diesel notes
GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 (£17.50 Wine Society; Henderson Wines; Luvians; NZ House of Wine; The New Zealand Cellar)
Beautiful vivid gooseberry and nettle aromas, elegant
CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES 2015 JM Brocard (£18 The Wine Society)
Rich concentrated creamy citric-fruited Chablis.
GREINER 2007 Schrock & Kracher (£18 reduced from £24 www.alpinewines.co.uk)
Amazing aromas with marmalade notes, honeyed, rounded and dry.
EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2016 Powell & Co (£22.99 Raeburn Wines, Edinburgh)
Exquisite floral and limey aromas, crisp crunchy green apple
QUANTA TERRA GRANDE RESERVA BRANCO 2016 (£22 Wine Line Edinburgh)
Wonderful tropical fruit and apricot notes, vivid fresh
HERRENWEG PINOT GRIS 2010 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht (£28 Laithwaites)
Citric, almonds and honey aromas, real fruit focus, slight smokiness
RAMEY SONOMA CHARDONNAY 2013 (£39.99-£42 Berry Bros; Oddbins; Majestic)
Intensely rich seamlessly elegant, honeyed, beautifully textured.

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Champagne Devaux Ultra D NV (£35.99 simplywinesdirect)
very fine mousse and a distinct salinity; poised elegance and a long finish
Refined, floral, biscuity, pure English sparkling gorgeousness
The Haywire Bub (£40 redsquirrelwine)
slight yellowy-orange tinge, it’s very, very dry and austere, drily toasty
Pouilly Fuissé ‘Aux Chailloux’ 2015 Domaine Sève (£23.95 davywine.co.uk)
deepening the nutty, slightly broad fruit flavours with a gentle hint of spices
Domaine Cauhape Chant des Vignes Jurancon Sec (£9.95 winesociety.com)
mountain air freshness cutting through the light tropical fruit flavours
Laurenz V and Sophie Singing Gruner Veltliner 2016 (£13.99 ocado.com)
fresh, citrus and white pepper with a tinge of earth and smoke flavours