13-07-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 13/07/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Château La Rose du Pin, Bordeaux, Blanc, France. Montrachet £7.50

Mouthwatering, squeaky stainless-steel-aged, dry white bordeaux

2008 Chablis, Jean Bourguignon, France. Majestic 2 @ £7.99 each

Expect lots of tart, tasty, yeasty, lemony, steely flavours from this delicious chablis

2008 Château de la Mirande, Picpoul de Pinet, France. Caves de Pyrène £7.35

aromatic, herby, faintly aniseed and apricot-scented fruit

2008 Domaine de Marcé, Sauvignon, Touraine, France. Jeroboams £6.24

lively, crisp, gooseberry and flowering currant finesse

2008 Château de Marsan Bordeaux Blanc Sec, France. Private Cellar £7.95

contemporary bold, grassy, green tomato-spiked, sauvignon blanc-dominant bordeaux

2008 Le Vin de Pays de Fontarèche, Arnaud de Lamy, France. Adnams; Butlers £7.99

bosky, angelica and celery-redolent white

2005 Château La Rose du Pin, Bordeaux, France, Taurus; Montrachet £7.99

ripe, plummy merlot, topped up with one fifth cabernet sauvignon

2007 Chénas, Cru du Beaujolais, Louis Chavy, France. Majestic 2 @ £6.95 each

vibrant, ripe, velvety, plummy fruit with a touch of chocolate on the finish

2006 Domaine du Clos du Chapitre Juliénas, Le Trêve, France. D. Byrne £7.59; Booths £7.99

seductive, ripe, savoury, spicy, raspberry-laden fruit. A must-buy.

2007 Le Vin de Pays de Fontarèche, Dom Fontarèche, France. Amphora £6.20; Butlers £6.75

spicy, velvety, violet and blackberry-charged red

2007 Grenache, Domaine André Brunel, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, France. Armit £6.70

big, fat, warm, friendly spice as a summer red perfect for barbecues.

2008 Petit Verdot, Vin de Pays, Domaine La Condamine l’Evêque, France. Jeroboams £6.21

spicy, sappy, violet-scented barbecue-useful red.

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2007 Penfolds (£7.99 widely available)

berries, chocolate and spice now, but will develop other flavours

Taste the Difference Barossa Shiraz 2006 (£7.99 Sainsbury’s)

blackberries and plummy flavours but still with a touch of French discipline

Bylines Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2008 (£17-£18 Private Cellar and Jascots)

Elegant and understated – but with classic development ahead of it

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Marsanne, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £3.28, Asda

refreshing summer sipper from the Languedoc

2008 Viña Leyda Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. £8.99, Oddbins

tropical fruit and blackcurrant leaf flavours; an intensely full-flavoured dry white

2005 Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. £17, Marks & Spencer

beguiling red in which the flavours of black fruits mingle with cedary oak

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 De Martino 347 Vineyards Carmenère Reserva (2 @ £5.99 Majestic)

dense, chocolatey

2006 Château d’Aydie, Madiran (£11.99, 13.6%, Waitrose)

austere, yet beautifully balanced

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gonnet Frères (£18.99, 14.5%, selected Tesco)

bold, voluptuous

2004 Contino Rioja Reserva (£22, 14%, Marks & Spencer)

savoury, restrained

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Lambrusco Rosato NV (£1.92, Asda; 4% abv)

some sweetness, a hint of cherry lips and cream soda

Cuvée Royale Brut NV Cremant de Limoux (£8.99, Waitrose; 12.5% abv)

smells of hawthorn and fresh-baked biscuits

Tesco Finest Prosecco (£8.99 and 11% abv)

pear skins, lightness and froth

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne 2002 (£29.99, Waitrose; 12% abv)

From a wonderful vintage, it’s complicated and collected, and just right

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Macallan 12 year old 40% £31.95.

Rich and smooth with just a hint of sweetness it is gloriously magnificent.

Highland Park 12 year old 40% £28.50

inviting, succulent heathery smokiness with a honeyed maltiness

Glenglassaugh The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name 50% £27.99

creamy butterscotch flavour with a sweetish grassy feel

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Marlborough pinot noir 2007 (£8.98)

smooth chocolatey depths and tangy, succulent flavours

Saddleback pinot noir 2007, Central Otago (Marks & Spencer, £14.99)

Gorgeous, aromatic pinot; juicy, supple layers of blackcurrant and raspberry

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 pinot noir 2007 (Majestic, £17.49)

fragrant with red berries and a hint of violet; sweet, soft, summer-pudding flavours

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