15th April 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Jamsheed Harem Ma Petite Francine Cabernet Franc 2017. ~£19.75, independents
overflowing with fresh, cool succulent red berry and currant fruit
Free Run Juice Samurai Shiraz, Australia 2017. ~£8.95, Vinvm; whiskyexchange; buonvin
A classic youthful Aussie shiraz; winning freshness
Mac Forbes Pinot Noir 2017. ~£27, vinoteca; tanners; philglas-swiggott
all about purity and clarity of red fruit and subtle savouriness
Bellwether Ant Series Tempranillo 2016. ~£23.95, thewhiskyexchange; redsquirrel
complex, layered and satisfyingly savoury with pristine black fruit
Robert Oatley Signature Series Chardonnay 2016. £11, coop
luminous, crisp and layered
Tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling 2018. £9
from Western Australia’s Howard Park; zesty and zippy and limey

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Aldi Exquisite Collection Lyme Block English Wine 2018. £9.99
Elderflower and crunchy green apple: one of the tastiest English wines
Château Fouquet Saumur 2017. £14.50 Yapp Bros
Fresh, crunchy organic red from the Loire. Serve lightly chilled
Quisco Chilean Malbec. £6.99 Aldi, 14%.
Ripe, juicy, crowd-pleasing red. Perfect for a bank holiday barbecue
77 Blush Grapefruit & Rose Gin Liqueur. £18 (50cl) Tesco
If you like pink grapefruit, you’ll love this

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

THE SOCIETY’S WHITE BURGUNDY 2017. £9.95 The Wine Society
Great balance of ripe forward generous fruits and crisp racy acidity
Ripe fruit, creamy textured palate with a beautiful lemony core
Classic lightly oaked Montagny freshness and nutty maturity
VIRE CLESSE VIEILLES VIGNES 2016 Christophe Cordier. £14.99 Majestic
Rich tropical fruit notes, but with tight appley fruit core
BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE 2016 Olivier Leflaive. £14.95 Corney & Barrow
Sharp focused fruit, minerality and smoky oak hint
RULLY BLANC 2014 Joseph Drouhin. £15 Justerini & Brooks
Deliciously nutty, herby with a lingering aftertaste
MACON LUGNY LES CHARMES 2017 Albert Bichot. £15.99 Laithwaites
Lush ripe peachy fruit, creamy palate and concentrated depth
BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY LES HAUTS DE MILLY 2016 Didier Defaix. £17.99 Independents
Fresh racy, very limey tautly citric Chardonnay; vibrant acidity
ST VERAN VILLAGES 2015 Saumaize-Michelin. £18.99 Raeburn; Stone, Vine & Sun
Rich generous peachy fruits, nutty undertones, rounded with good fruit
BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY LES URSULINES 2016 J C Boisset. ~£17 independents
Delightful melony citric Chardonnay with white blossom aromas
BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY 2015 Pierre Matrot. £19.99 Laithwaites
Yeasty buttery nose, citric core, rich creaminess; fresh minerality
CHABLIS 1ER CRU MONTMAINS 2016 Jean-Marc Brocard. £20 Wine Society
Flinty minerally core, zesty fruits and racy acidity

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Henry Fessy Cote De Brouilly 2015 (£12.07, bcfw.co.uk)
full of bright red fruit flavours
Henry Fessy Morgon 2017 (£14.28, bcfw.co.uk)
packs a bit more depth and complexity
Domaine Metrat La Roilette Fleurie 2016 (£17.95, twelvegreenbottles)
bright, light but intense and concentrated cherry flavours
Santenay Clos des Hates Domaine Bachey Legros 2013 (£26, wineswithattitude)
beautifully balanced flavours of fresh red fruits and hints of spice and smoke
Maison Roche De Bellene Bourgogne Pinor Noir 2016 (£17.99, laithwaites)
accessible, smoothly silky
Frappato di Sicilia, Nicosia 2017 (£9.95, winesociety.com)
lighty spicy, raspberry fruits flavours
Ochoa Crianza “La Foto de 1938” 2014 ( £14.50, davywine.co.uk)
rich, but vibrant red and black fruit flavours
Margan ‘Breaking Ground’ Barbera 2016 (£14.95, tanners)
concentrated black fruit flavours balanced by a fresh, juicy lightness

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Visintini Friulano 2017 Collio, Italy. (Lea & Sandeman, £13.95)
delicate flavours of white blossoms, lemon, lime and quince
Aglianico del Vulture 2016 Basilicata, Italy (Marks & Spencer, £11)
robust, savoury red with concentrated blackberry fruit, spicy oak
Chateau Roumieu Sauternes 2014 Bordeaux, France. (Co-op, £13)
Tastes of cooked greengages, candied citrus peel and orange marmalade