13 November 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine Lyrarakis Okto White, Crete, Greece 2016 (£11.50, bbr.com)
pretty white flowers and gentle Muscat grapey fruit
Eymann Toreye Spätburgunder, Pfalz, Germany 2015 (£19.50, bbr.com)
delectable purity of racy red fruit and nimble dusky tannins
MOB Lote 3 Dão, Portugal 2014 (£14.95, bbr.com)
gorgeously pale, perfumed red from…three top Portuguese winemakers

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Morrisons The Best Dry Oloroso (20% abv, £6 per half btl)
Marvellous; tastes of grilled hazelnuts; amazing value
Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado (20% abv, £6 per half btl)
almost worth putting the clocks back for
Aldi’s Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur (£6.99; 17% abv)
nutmeg- and ginger-spiced; roughly half the price of Baileys
Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur (17% abv, £12)
good value; may well be on offer by the time you read this.
The Georgian Orgo Rkatsitelli (£20 Oddbins; 13% abv)
part of Oddbins’ new range of natural wines

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Topaque (£15.25 Alexander Wines; Hannibal Brown; The Vine King)
Citric and malt notes and a cold tea flavour with delicate hints of honey
Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Classic Topaque (£17.99 Alexander Wines; Hannibal Brown; The Vine King)
malty treacley undertones; initially raisiny and sweet, finishing fresh
Campbells Rutherglen Topaque (£14.50 Alexander Wines; Hannibal Brown; Wine Mill)
Hints of raisins with a savoury edge; palate with pronounced citric fruit
Campbells Rutherglen Classic Topaque (£22.65 Alexander Wines)
Distinct caramel and tea leaf flavour, hints of Christmas cake

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Cuvee Helene Maison Des Bulliats, Regnie 2016 (£12.99 Laithwaites)
succulent, brambly fruit flavours; drink cool
Bernard Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Vieilles Vignes 2015 (£14.75 Agwines; £14.99 Twelvegreenbottleswine)
focused, wine, with plenty of tannic structure
Piron St Amour 2015 (£13 Marksandspencers.com)
lighter bodied and has fresh, crisp flavours of red fruit
Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Côte du Py 2014 (£12.95 Wine Society)
powerful, concentrated and elegant and from a highly rated producer
Alexandre Burgaud Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié, 2015 (£10.95 Bbr.com)
a bargain and a great wine to stock up for the festive season
Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages 2015 (£10.00 Bcfw.co.uk)
floral, juicy, supple flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection Blanc de Blancs Champagne (12%, £20)
creamy smell and feel, with a gentle elegance
Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection Blancs de Noirs Champagne (12%, £20)
sappy energy, and a toasty feel
Bibbiano Di Fattoria Chianti Classico 2014,  Italy (13.5%, Co-op, £10.99)
fragrance of rosewood, herbs, cherries and a dry, dusty finish
Vanita Negroamaro 2016 Puglia, Italy (13%, Co-op, £7.49)
reek of heavy vanilla oak, its spicy plum and ripe red cherries
Morrisons The Best Priorat 2014, Spain (14.5%, Morrisons, £10)
smooth blend of garnacha, mazuela and syrah
Celler Sangenís i Vaqué Vall Por 2006 Priorat, Spain (15%, BB&R, £22.95)
the taste of cacao nibs with a gentle warmth and a real sense of provenance
Joel Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Loire, France (12%, Majestic, £11.99)
modern style, but it retains the typical green, lemony flavours of the region
Springfield Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2016, South Africa (12.5%, Majestic, £12.49)
a little more exuberant, more gooseberryish. But they’re both delicious