16-11-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/11/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 La Galine Chardonnay, Vignobles Lorgeril, France. Majestic, £3.99

gentle, zesty, green apple and lemon-spiked

2008 DB Selection Verdelho, De Bortoli. Waitrose, £4.79 Dec 2 to Jan 5

terrific tangy, floral, verdant, lime zest-spiked

2008 Chablis, Bertrand Capdevigne, France. Morrisons, £4.95 Nov 30 to Dec 27

ridiculously good, ridiculously cheap, stainless steel-aged chablis

2008 Sensas Sauvignon, France. Majestic, 2 @ £4.99 each until February 1

mouthwateringly elegant, floral, grassy, gooseberry-laden sauvignon

2009 Errazuriz Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Majestic, 2 @ £4.99 until Feb 1

intense exotic, zesty, green bean, bell pepper, lime peel and peapod

2008 DB Selection, Semillon-Chardonnay, De Bortoli. Oddbins, 3 @ £5 each to Jan 3

ripe, appley, citrusy, oaked blend

2008 Alamos Chardonnay, Catena, Argentina. Majestic, 2 @ £5.49 until Nov 30

perfect, big, bold, nutty, buttered toast and tropical fruit-laden New World chardonnay

2008 Sainsbury’s White Burgundy, Chardonnay, France, £5.69

aromatic, zesty, grapey, floral white

2008 Alpha Zeta Garganega, Verona, Italy. Noël Young £5.95; Liberty Wines £5.99

spiky, leafy, floral, oaky white made by Kiwi Matt Thomson

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Marc Chauvet Brut Tradition (£18.99 therealwineco.co.uk)

pleasant whiff of biscuits, a refreshing streak of citrus

Bérèche et Fils Reserve Brut NV (£23.75 vinetrail.co.uk)

fragrant, full-flavoured and exhilarating

Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 1999 (down to £29.99 Sainsbury’s from Wed)

bright, fresh and fruity, but with creamy, minerally depths

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Piccini Chianti, 50cl. £3.99

smooth, cherryish rosso to wash pasta down with

2008 Kaituna Hills Reserve Chardonnay, Marlborough. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

fine, toastily aromatic chardonnay; rich, peachy burgundian-style flavours

2007 Bannockburn Sluicings Pinot Noir, Craggy Range, buy 2 = £12.79, Majestic

strawberry and cherry-like fruitiness tinged with herb and spice

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Gaja 2006 Langhe Nebbiolo, Sorì Tildin. £192 www.armit.co.uk

perfumed, densely layered. up there with the greatest wines in the world

2005 Barolo Colonello, Bussia, Aldo Conterno. £89.99, Butlers; Bennetts

floral, elegant

2005 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto, Bruno Giacosa. £128.35 www.armit.co.uk

subtle, leafy, almost Pinot Noir-like

2007 Barbera d’Asti, De Forville (£9.99 each for two, 14%, Majestic)

savoury, bracing

2007 Dolcetto d’Alba, Coste & Fossati, Vajra. £19.95, stockists from 020 7720 5350

silky, plum and black cherry, fruity

2006 Nebbiolo d’Alba, Umberto Fiore. £7.99, 13%, Marks & Spencer

assertive, dry

2004 Barolo Ricossa, Mondo del Vino. £60 per 6, www.tesco.com

mature, gamey

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Fontaine du Roy 2008 Costières de Nîmes (Waitrose, £5.99; 14% abv)

supremely good-value red blend

Baron d’Ardeuil Buzet 2000 (£36 for six, Tesco.com; 13% abv)

beautifully coherent cabernet-based, gently oaked red

Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2003 (£42 for six Tesco.com; 13.5% abv)

warm, breathy smell, and its lingering taste of dried fruit

Vincent Paris ‘Granit 30’ 2007 Cornas (£23.99, 2 Waitrose branches; 13% abv)

utterly gorgeous, headily scented (think violets and blood)

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

2009 Chenin Blanc, Zalze, South Africa, £5.99 Tesco

lovely little number form the western Cape

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, The Taniwha, New Zealand, £5 (down from £10) Waitrose

Bursting with ripe gooseberry and white-flower aromas

2006 Shiraz, Anakena, Rapel Valley, Chile, £5.69 Co-op

Restrained in style, it shows all the hallmarks of a classic syrah

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2007/8, South Australia (Waitrose, £8.99)

Fulsome, perfumed white oozing plump peach and apricot

Sainsbury’s Argentinian Pinot Noir 2009, Mendoza (£4.99)

juicy, cassis-laden, soft and gorgeous Mendoza-region pinot.

Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna 2008, NZ (selected Marks & Spencer, £14.99)

Beguiling, complex pinot, smooth and plummy, with a toasted, nutty note

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