12th January 2020 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Animus Vinho Verde, Portugal 2018 (£4.79, Aldi)
perky, citrussy, light Portuguese white
Waitrose Rich and Intense Italian Red, Puglia, Italy NV (£4.99)
dark cherry succulence
The Wine Atlas Feteasca Neagra, Romania 2018 (£5.25, Asda)
native Romanian grape variet; rounded, peachy white

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Sangre de Toro 0% Red. £4.99 (mix-six) Majestic
Rioja it ain’t, but a lot better than most AF wines.
Nine Elms No 18. £19.95 Master of Malt
A rich, spicy, red wine substitute. Pricey
Pentire Botanical Non- Alcoholic Spirit. £24.95 Whisky Exchange
Bracingly saline and herbal; would be great with oysters.
Wheesht Dark Ale. £1.15 (330ml) Harvistoun Brewery, 0%.
deep roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavours in spades

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

SAVOIE-CHIGNIN VV 2018 Domaine A&M Quenard (£10.95 The Wine Society)
Mountain freshness; lemony, waxy notes, reviving vibrant acidity
STOPHAM ESTATE PINOT BLANC 2017 (£14.50-£15.99 Waitrose; M&S; Wine Soc)
Tangy white, ripe and pithy with blossomy elderflower notes
THE DOCTORS’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 (£8.99 Tesco; Waitrose)
Pungent tropical fruit notes, herby, crisp and refreshing with a light finish
FIZZERO ROSE (£3.75 Marks & Spencer)
Initially crisp, creamy with a herby earthy note.
Hint of the floral fruity character; citrus and herby nose; quite sweet
NATUREO MUSCAT 2018 Torres (£4.99 Waitrose)
ALCOHOL FREE SEMILLON CHARDONNAY Lindemans (£3.50 Asda; Morrisons)
Citric aromas, crisp slightly zesty palate with sharp acid finish
Off dry with a tutti-frutti boiled sweetness
Spicy aromas, smooth fleshy palate initially, but flavour fades fast

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Emiliana Chardonnay 2019 (£8.00 M&S stores only)
balances full-flavoured fruits with a toasty, nutty edge
Pisano Cisplatino Tannat 2017 (£10.00 marksandspencer.com)
top notch Uruguayan take on the otherwise little known southern French grape
Purata Siccari Appassimento 2018 (£9.99 ocado.com)
full of black cherry and blackberry flavours, a touch of tar and chocolate
Peter Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (£8.59 until January 21, waitrose)
sustainable and environmentally friendly
Calvet Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, (£9.39 waitrose.com)
oaky bordeaux blend from a well-known French brand
Behind Closed Doors Lisboa Red 2016 (£10.99 majestic.co.uk)
punches above its price point with big, intense black fruit flavours
Fattori Soave 2018 (£9.99 majestic.co.uk)
citrus, vegetal, with a hint of smokiness
Il Papavero Pinot Grigio Terre Sicilian IGT 2018 (£9.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
lots of appealing ripe fruit flavours and an unexpected fullness on the palate
Vincent & Arthur Merlot Pays d’Oc 2017 (£9.99 laithwaites.co.uk)
full of lovely, smooth, plums-and-chocolate mouth filling flavours
Chateau Musar Hochar 2016 (£13.50 thewinesociety.com; various independents)
typically robust, rich, red, full of powerful flavours
The Society’s White Burgundy Macon Villages 2018 (£9.95 thewinesociety.com)
a pristine, full-flavoured 100 per cent chardonnay
Vignano L’unico del Vignano 2016 (£13.67 winebuyers.com)
very traditional, aromatic, medium-bodied bright cherry chianti

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine des Marrans Beaujolais-Villages 2018. (Fingal-Rock, £11.95)
on the line between red and black fruit, earthiness and gentle tannins
P. Gavignet Clos des Dames Huguettes Bourgogne 2015 (Fingal-Rock, £19.95)
showing extremely well, with a beautiful fluidity
Guy de Forez Les Riceys Brut Tradition Champagne (Fingal-Rock, £24.95)
very good – 100 per cent pinot noir, with a taste of honey and rice paper