13-10-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 13/10/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2005 Viré-Clessé White Burgundy Domaine des Gandines, Oddbins £14.99

impressive with its arresting, lively, classic, nutty, glacé fruit

Domaine Jean Maréchal’s 2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Oddbins £10.99

stunning , with seductive rose scents and a squishy damson-packed palate

Alejandro Fernández’s 2005 Condado de Haza. Oddbins £14.99

from the Ribera del Duero, all smouldering dark, rich, plummy pizzazz

2007 Terra Andina Syrah from Chile (Oddbins £5.49)

gorgeous and brilliant value complete with rich, spicy, oaky, peppered red fruits

2008 Terra Andina Sauvignon sister (Oddbins £5.49)

bold, vibrant, verdant, pea-pod scent, and almost as tasty

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2007 Grenache Noir, £5.99 Marks & Spencer

Spicy, ripe fruit, full and savoury. Try with spicy sausages, steak or red peppers

2005 Montsant Finca l’Argata, Joan d’Anguera, £12.95 Tanners

Powerful but polished Spanish red. Ideal with roasts, game and casseroles

2006 Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles, Olivier Leflaive, £11.79 Corney & Barrow

Nutty, lemony, rounded. Drink with fish and creamy dishes

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Sainsbury’s Portuguese Red NV. £3.29, Sainsbury’s

displays a freshness of aroma and juicily gluggy red berry fruits character

2007 Brouilly, Louis Tête, Cuvée de Tête. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

aromatic charms; pure cherryish beaujolais village. Ideal with autumn game

2007 The Lane Viognier. £16.99, Corney & Barrow

combines a floral honeysuckle and jasmine freshness

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Pedro Ximénez (£7.19 Sainsbury’s)

raisiny, mature, multi-dimensional

2005 Montsant Old Vines Garnacha (£8.99, Marks & Spencer)

racy, refreshing, subtly oaked; one of Spain’s greatest red-wine bargains

2006 Château Le Chec, Graves (£9.75, Adnams)

waxy, toasty, grapefruity, Semillon-based

2006 Benmarco Malbec, Dominio del Plata, Mendoza (2 @ £8.99, Majestic)

smooth, powerful, sun-drenched

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2006 McGuigan Gold Shiraz, Australia. £3.99 Majestic until Oct 27

chock full of the rich, ripe flavours of damsons, plums and blackberries

2006 La Châsse du Pape Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve. £4.49 until Oct 26; Co-op

full-flavoured, smooth, spicy and peppery. It’s surprisingly well textured

Cono Sur Sparkling Brut, Chile. £9.99; Morrisons

clean and refreshing; delicate sweetness; backed by a crisp, dry finish

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Melon sur Granit Les Amis Vignerons d’Anne-Claude 2005. 6 @ £62 armit.co.uk

riven with minerality; some of the mealy glow and citrus streaks of a good burgundy

L D’Or de Pierre Luneau Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 1995. £11.69 Caves Pyrene

detailed, precise, gentle and firm; extraordinary elan

Le Fief Guérin Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur Lie 2007. £5.49, Waitrose

rounded depth and chalky texture

Semper Excelsior Pierre Luneau 2004. £13.25, Caves Pyrene

rich, lively and bright, with a sharp edge of lime and waxy white blossom

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