11th May 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine des Muses Fendant Classique, Switzerland 2013 (~£18, Alpine Wines; Wine Soc)

typically graceful, racy dry white that is gently insistent

Cave de Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle Rayon, Italy 2013 (£15.99, Smiling Grape)

gentle but incisive dry white mixes blossom, pear and camomile

Bruno Lupin Rousette de Savoie Frangy 2013 (from £12.55, J Barnes; Corks; Highbury Vint)

delightful off-dry example with its subtly nutty, spicy and savoury notes

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Thirst Gamay 2014 (£10 Les Caves de Pyrene, £11.99 Handford Wines; 11.5% abv)

dry, slightly hazy and tastes of freshly picked strawberries

Ciello Bianco Catarrato 2014 (£7.95 Vinoteca; 13% abv)

almost like a cross between a cloudy apple juice and a white wine

Cotes Forez Volcanique Rouge 2014 (Les Caves de Pyrene, £9.90; 12% abv)

vibrant, juicy; pure happy juice

Verus Riesling 2013 (£11.99 The Real Wine Company; 13% abv)

fragrant, floral, from Slovenia

Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2014 (Waitrose promo £6.74; 5.5% abv)

delectable; I’d fancy it with some nice little raspberry friands

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

VINAS DE VERO LUCES 2014 (£8.99, Tesco)

cranberry fruits, good crisp crunchy acid to keep it fresh

CHATEAU LEOUBE ROSÉ 2014 (£14.50-£15.99, Corney & Barrow, Pathhead)

delicate in colour, sleek, elegant and minerally with a crisp, natural acid

RIOJA ROSADO 2014 Bodegas Muga (£8.99, Majestic Wine)

delicious, vibrant rosé; drier than many Spanish rosés

BURRA BROOK ROSÉ 2014 (£6, Marks & Spencer)

really appetisingly dry; refreshing, rather than heavyweight

16 LITTLE BLACK PIGS ROSÉ 2014 (£7.99, www.virginwines.co.uk)

easy drinking strawberry-scented rosrosé made from a pinot gris base


delicious cranberry and raspberry flavours

DOMAINE DES SOURS ROSÉ 2013 (£6.79, Tesco)

juicy and plummy with redcurrant fruits

CHEZ ROCAILLEUX BRAUCOL ROSÉ 2013 (£11.99, www.redsquirrelwine.com)

deliciously delicate, crisp rosrosé; from the unusual braucol grape

COTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ 2014 Domaine Les Gres (£10.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk)

charmingly light and delicate with a minerally edge


savoury style of rosrosé with some structure and just a touch of sweetness

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay, France £8, Sainsbury’s

ripe peach and cream cut by a bright line of acidity


2012 Dombeya Chardonnay, South Africa £13.50, Lea and Sandeman

a lot going on – lemon, roasted nuts, melted butter

2011 Twin Valleys Chardonnay, Marlborough, £15.50, The Wine Society

subtlety and texture with flavours of citrus, baked apple and cream

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Milestone Crossroads Sauvignon Blanc 2013. £12.95, greatwesternwine

crisply citric notes, but more rounded and fuller-flavoured than some

Tesco Finest Sancerre 2013. £11.99, Tesco

elegant, restrained, Old World version: lighter, bone-dry, lemony, mineral

Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2013. £14.65, winepalate; £14.95, slurp

ripe, juicy, concentrated, lime and grapefruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Mayu Sangiovese 2012 Elqui Valley (Asda, £5.37)

Strawberries and cherries here in a keenly priced, rare Chilean

Montes Alpha Syrah 2012 Colchagua (Co-op, £9.99)

quite thickset and robust and packed with blackcurrant and bramble

Casa Silva Reserva Cuvée Colchagua Viognier 2013/4 (averys, sandhamswine, ~£9.89)

dry but peachy, plump and honeysuckle-scented viognier

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 The Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay. £5.99, Aldi

A well-crafted Aussie chardonnay in Mâcon-like mould

2012 Vinalba Reservado de la Familia Malbec. £9.99, Morrisons

punches way above its weight with resplendently rich, dark berry fruit

2013 Joseph Mellot Menetou-Salon Les Thureaux. £17.65, North and South, Noble Green, Evingtons, DeFine, Amps, Partridges, Halifax, Hoults

nettle-tinged gooseberry and tropical fruit