14-06-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 14/06/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Gers, Vin de Pays du Gers, France. Marks & Spencer, £3.99

bristling with vibrant, herby, lemony fruit

2009 Vinalta Malbec, Domaine Vistalba, Argentina. Marks & Spencer, £6.49

unoaked red oozing inky, earthy, fruit

2009 Pouilly-Fumé, Les Champalouettes. Sainsbury’s, £7.99

Terrific, steely, minerally, green bean-stashed pouilly

2008 St Joseph, Les Chaponnes. Sainsbury’s, £8.79

delicious bold, beefy, curranty; classic black pepper-spiked syrah

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 (£9.99 M&S)

A bright, dry South African

Minérale+ 2009 Frantz Saumon (£13.99 Caves de Pyrène)

Gorgeous, flowery and slightly off-dry

Château Pierre Bise L’Anclaie Coteaux du Layon 2007 (£17.95 Lea & Sandeman)

Dazzlingly fresh, intensely floral, minerally yet rich — splendid

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Casa Lella Catarratto. £4.98, Asda

Retaining good fresh acidity; delightfully zingy dry white.

2009 Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc ‘Tres Viñedos’. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

powerfully scented, gooseberryish dry white.

2009 Villa Maria Clifford Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. £13.49, Sainsbury’s

intensity of gooseberry fruit concentration and richness; razor-sharp

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 De Lucca Tannat, Uruguay (£8, 12.3%, www.winesofuruguay.co.uk)

bright introduction to Uruguay’s signature grape; juicy plum and black cherry

2007 Asda Extra Special Primitivo Puglia (£6.98, 13.5%)

Zinfandel with an Italian twist: savoury, spicy and ripe

2008 Dr Bassermann Jordan Riesling, Pfalz (£8.99, 10%, Waitrose)

Riesling from the Pfalz; peachy, pineappley and rich.

2006 Miolo Millésime Brut, Brazil (£11.40, 12.5%, Coe Vintners)

best sparkler I’ve had from South America: fine bubbles and toasty

2007 Ridgeview Cavendish, England (£15.99 by the case, 12%, Oddbins)

pinot meunier-dominated blend is crisp and refreshing

2008 Tesco Finest Malbec Mendoza (£6.98, 13.5%)

violet-scented malbec from Mendoza is smoky and brambly

2007 Côtes du Rhône Clos de Mont-Olivet (£7.49 x 2, 14%, Majestic)

such a great vintage in the Rhône: juicey and unoaked with cloves

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris 2009 (£7.49, Marks & Spencer; 14% abv)

from Chile’s cool Pacific coast and bracing like sea-spray

Waitrose Reserve Shiraz St Hallett 2008 Barossa (£8.99; 14.5% abv)

dark, perfumed and the best of Waitrose’s own-label range

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Rum 66, 12 Year Old Family Reserve. £30, Royal Mile Whiskies

Coconut, raisins and treacle aromas; sweet, spicy, citrus fruit

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009. £9.99 Tesco online

impressive aromatic, juicy well-structured sauvignon

TMV Viktoria 2005. £13.99, Luvians

Smells of bonfires and burnt marshmallows; intense, richly spicy

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Marco Porello Roero Arneis 2009 (Majestic, £7.99 for two)

young, snappy white; crisp apple quality and hazelnut finish

Taste the Difference Gavi 2009, Piedmont (Sainsbury’s, £7.49)

whiff of wood smoke; aniseed on the palate and a crisp, mineral finish

Monteforte Passo Avanti Soave 2008, Veneto (Waitrose, £7.99)

cocktail of pears, limes and bananas on the finish

Valdo Marca Oro prosecco, Sainsbury’s £3.79

Half bottle of lively, citrus-tinged Italian fizz

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