13-04-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 13/04/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir Rosé 2008 (Majestic 2 @ £7.99)

pretty rose-pink colour; musky, strawberry-scented

2007 Chablis from Maurice Tremblay (Booths £7.99 until April 18)

delicious, scented, leafy, appley

Château de l’Abbaye de Saint-Ferme 2000 (Majestic 2 @ £5.99)

lots of rich, ripe, beefy, cedary fruit

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Gabets (Booths £12.99 until April 18)

a delight – all velvety, herby, rich finesse.

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

La Reserve Claret: Bordeaux 2006, £7.95 vineyardsdirect.com

classic flavours of cedar, “lead pencil” and dark fruit

Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot 2006, £9.49 Waitrose

unfurls to deliver plums, cherries, violets and chocolate

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 South African Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz. £4.09, Tesco

joyfully juicy mulberry and cherry-fruity Cape blend

2007 Domaine du Petit Chêne Moulin-à-Vent. £9.99, M&S.

full of strawberry and cherry fruitiness with a touch of oak

2006 Louis Jadot Meursault. £19.99, Sainsbury’s, to 13 April.

superbly rich in apple and pear-like flavours

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2004 Flor de Pingus (£97.75, 14.5%, Corney & Barrow)

almost a bargain by comparison (to Pungus); stylish, more forward.

Vega Sicilia 1999 Unico (£225, 13.7%, Berry Brothers & Rudd)

typically patrician: very classy, if a little tight-lipped at present

2005 Alion (£46.95, 14.2%, Berry Brothers & Rudd, available from May)

balanced, beautifully integrated; best release yet from Vega’s sister winery.

2006 Nos Riqueza (£9.99, 13.5%, Marks & Spencer)

smooth, lightly oaked

2006 Pesquera (£18.95, 13.5%, Armit)

aromatic, cigar box and black fruits-scented

2006 Cillar de Silos Crianza (£18.99 Oddbins)

refreshing, blackberryish

2006 Abadia Retuerta, Selección Especial (£16.99, stockists from 020 7720 5350)

serious, plum- and cassis-like

2005 Mauro (£28, 14.5%, Moreno Wines)

spicy, deeply coloured

2005 Bourgogne Blanc, Buisson-Battault £9.99, 13%, Majestic

A generic white Burgundy that tastes like a Meursault

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Chileno Merlot Rose 2008, Chile (Morris, £5.08; Somer and Co-op, £5.49)

Perfumed, juicy, joyous stuff with the flavour of raspberry-ripple ice cream

Kaituna Hills Rose 2008, East Coast, New Zealand (Marks & Spencer, £6.99)

fresh, slightly floral style with a ripe-cherry edge

Carte Noire 2008, Cotes de Provence, France (Nicolas, £9.99)

Breezy, bright, well-balanced; Strawberry, peachy flavours

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Fairtrade Chilean Carmenère 2008, Curicó Valley (£4.99, Co-op; 13.5% abv)

brilliant wine. It reminds me of brambles and cocoa nibs

Fairtrade Cape Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008, South Africa (£6.49, Co-op; 12% abv)

streamlined and crisp.

La Motte Shiraz 2007 (£10.15, Tesco; 14% abv)

one of those big, ferocious reds that love a bit of barbecue-charred meat.

Ses’fikile Chardonnay 2008, South Africa (£6.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

classy, rounded; 100% owned by BEE (Black Economic Empowerment).

Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2008 (£15.99 or 3 @ £10.66 each Wine Rack; 12.5% abv)

elegant and pristine version of pinot grigio’s floral incarnation

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