12-04-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 12/04/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Domaine Py Merlot Vin de Pays d’Oc, France Majestic, 2 @ £4.99 each

soft, plummy fruit, with a warm, pleasant, inky finish

2009 Torres Viña Sol, Spain Waitrose and Majestic, 2 @£4.79 each

Terrific, lively, leafy, lemony, unoaked

2009 Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris Viña Leyda, Chile Marks & Spencer, £7.49

delicious, spicy, zesty, greengage-stashed white

2007 Les Orris Rouge VdP des Côtes Catalanes, France Marks & Spencer, £7.99

robust, ripe; complete with seductive, spicy, earthy fruit

2005 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese, von Kesselstatt, Wine Society, £13.95

magnificent; oozes fine, fat, spicy, crystallised yellow plum and greengage

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Vergelegen Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£11.99 SA Wines Online)

Powerful wake-up smells of asparagus and gooseberries

Grand Réserve Caves de la Tourangelle Touraine Sauvignon 2008 (£8.99 Nicolas)

Well behaved, grapefruity, dry, delicious

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£5.99 until April 13 Waitrose)

now seems formulaically tropical and dilute. Is it just me?

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chenin Blanc. £4.66 until Tuesday

juicy pineappley and peachy fruit quality and subtle vanilla notes

2008 La Grange St Martin Réserve Côtes du Rhône. £5.99 on offer, The Co-operative

spicy, peppery undertones and refreshingly savoury acidity

2006 Cedro do Noval, Douro. 2 = £11.99, Majestic

aromatic uplift; vibrant spiced black cherry fruitiness.

the Times – Katie Spicer

2008 Grüner Veltliner Wachtberg Salomon Undhof (£11.75 Lea & Sandeman)

mineral core and steely drive go beyond the average chablis

2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Pinot Gris (£10.49 Berkmann)

Rich, fruity and a little bit floral; powerful wine

Journey’s End Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2008 (£12.76 bibendum-wine)

mother’s milky oakiness that wraps itself round your tongue

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Brindisi Rosso Vigna Flaminio 2006 (£6.75, The Wine Society; 13% abv)

reeks of Puglia. It’s warm and lazy, not too jammy

Araldica Brachetto d’Acqui 2009 (£4.66 until 11 May, Waitrose; 5% abv) 

pink, sweet, cherry-blossom-like

Marks & Spencer Beaujolais 2009 (£5.99; 12.5%) 

properly vinous; lovely, pencil lead insistence; fresh, bright, alive

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La Barry Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Martin Meinert. £8.95, L’Art du Vin, Fine Wine Co

Pungent lime and gooseberry aromas, rich, fleshy, zippy acidity.

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2009. £9.49, Waitrose

Tropical fruit aromas, sleek, minerally stonefruit flavours.

Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008. £12.50, Swig

Very impressive, nettly, bright green apple fruit, nutty edge; superb quality.

the Telegraph – Jonny Ray

2008 Espelt Costa Brava Cariñena-Garnacha, Spain 13.5%vol, (£4.99 Co-op)

soft, mellow and rich with a long, warming finish.

2007 Château Henry de France, France 12.5%vol, (£6.99; Spar).

Crammed with rich dark berry fruit, it is surprisingly elegant

2008 Skalli Préférence Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, France (£8.99; Asda, Tesco).

toothsome stuff indeed; full, rich, ripe and spicy with some tannin

2008/09 Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 13%vol, (£7.99; Morrisons)

typical tropical Marlborough fruit, but also a welcome crisp minerality

2008 Cave des Vignerons de Bully, Beaujolais Blanc, (£6.99; Waitrose)

100 per cent chardonnay; subtle sweetness; crisp, clean and steely dry

2007 Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge, France 12.5%vol, (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

silky soft and juicy with concentrated red fruit aromas

2009 Familia Zuccardi Pinot Grigio/Torrontés, Argentina (£6.99; Oddbins).

Fresh and inviting with plenty of spicy floral notes and peachy stone fruit flavours

Sainsbury’s Demi-Sec Champagne NV, France 12.5%vol, (£17.98; Sainsbury’s)

Not cloying if drunk on its own on Easter Monday, mid-morning

2009 Mas de Cardeline Rosé, France 12%vol, (£8.99; Co-op)

A first-rate, delicately hued rosé from Provence in an absurdly stylish bottle

2004 Domaine Pouderoux Vendange Tardive Maury, France (£10.99 per 50cl; Waitrose)

lusciously sweet and spicy, without the high alcohol level of port

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