16-02-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/02/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Paul Mas, Cau de Val Cabernet Sauvignon. Waitrose, £4.49 until Feb 24

perfect bold, ripe, blackcurranty Cabernet, complete with a creamy, cassis finish

2006 Cairanne, Réserve des Hospitaliers. Waitrose £6.39 until Feb 24

Delicious, oaky red whose seductive chocolatey fruit makes a great winter warmer

Pink Port, Portugal, 50cl. Marks & Spencer, down to £5.99 until Monday

poured over ice its elegant, sweet, clean, juicy berry fruit is a delight.

2004 Bandol, Domaine Bunan, France. Marks & Spencer, £12.99

oozes rich, dark, plum and prune-layered Provençal fruit.

Bollinger Rosé Brut Champagne, Berry Bros £53.80, Majestic 2 @ £44.99

rich, toasted almond and delicate red fruit-scented mouthful

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

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

Toasty, creamy, fresh and stylish

2006 Olivier Fichet Terroir de Burgy, Mâcon-Villages, £8.50 (Stone, Vine & Sun)

Buttery, nutty, apple-scented; great value white burgundy

2006 Tinto da Anfora, £5.99 (Sainsbury’s).

Ever-reliable Portuguese red, with ripe blueberry fruit and spicy oak

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambré. £3.99, normally £7.99, half-bottle, Tesco

sweet, strong and different; amber gold little vin doux naturel

2006 Viñalba Malbec Reserva. buy 2 = £7.49, Majestic

quintessence of bright, juicy blackberryish Argentinian malbec.

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Chalumeaux. £35, M&S, major stores

ultra-stylish chardonnay; nutty oak and oatmealy undertones.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Dal Forno 2002 Amarone £193.47 (Armit)

tackle with a knife and fork, or possibly a pickaxe

2005 Speri Amarone della Valpolicella (£20, 15%, Marks & Spencer)

perfumed, comparatively forward

2000 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore (£35.35 bibendum-wine.co.uk)

appealingly traditional, Amarone-like

2004 Ca La Bionda Amarone Ravazzol (£34.50, stockists from 0207 720 1600)

sublime; a delicate, almost Pinot Noir-like red that belies its alcohol

2007 Allegrini Valpolicella (£8.99, stockists from 0207 720 5350)

refreshingly juicy, easy-drinking

2006 Asda Extra Special Valpolicella Ripasso, Cantina di Soave (£6.14)

firmer, damson and plum skin-like; a steal.

2006 Château Camplazens La Garrigue, Coteaux du Languedoc 3 @ £9.33 Wine Rack

Wow! An intense, spicy, yet beautifully refreshing, berry-fruity blend

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV, France (£16.98 until 24 february)

richness of fruit (pineapple, pear) and creamy depths

Torres Vina Sol 2007/08, Spain (widely available, £5.99)

Made from the local parellada grape, which gives an appley hint and a crisp streak

Asda Extra Special Beaujolais Villages 2007, France (£4.57)

soft, fresh, light beaujolais with lifted strawberry and cherry fruit

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

SO Organic No Added Sulphites Cabernet Sauvignon 2007/8 (£4.99, Sainsbury)

the supermarket says it is very popular

Domaine Rafael Tinto 2005 Alentejo, Portugal (£8.25, Berry Bros)

heady, warm, mellow rush of a red.

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