16-12-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/12/2013

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the Independent – Terry Kirby

Knightor Brut NV. £25.10, wineincornwall; £26.99, ewwines

Effervescent, invigorating, simply delightfully English

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. £80 Majestic

Supremely sophisticated and ethereal

Taltarni Taché Rosé 2010

richer, more rounded; definitely drier than most New World rosé fizz

Chimney Rock Elevage Blanc 2008. £31, cellarviewines

creamy, complex, rich, balanced with fine acidity and with a long finish

Yealands Black Label Gruner Veltliner 2013. £11.95, winedirect; £12.75, greatwesternwine

full-bodied, dry, with touches of pepper, smoke and pears

Caruso e Minini Grecanico 2012. £6.99, Marks & Spencer

Refreshingly zesty and tangy, with some floral overtones

Dominio de Cair 2009. £22, harperwells; £22.95, halifaxwinecompany

Dark fruits, chocolate, touches of herbs and spices

Chateau La Liquiere Faugeres Les Amandiers, 2012. £10.35, hhandc

still fulsome, but supple, lots of bright, berry-fruit flavours

Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/2011. £8.23, thedrinkshop; £8.99, elliescellar

masses of brambly fruits to the fore, with some sweetish spice

Yalumba Museum 21-year-old Antique Tawny. £26.99, simplywinesdirect; £32.50, F & Mason

complex, smooth flavours of caramel, honey and dried fruits

Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Saint Albert 2011. £13.95, corneyandbarrow

amazing vanilla and apricot aromas lead to lovely citric freshness

Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 2007. £19, ocado; £19.95, finecheese

fills the mouth with massive unrestrained flavours of rich, dark and dried fruits

the Observer – David Williams

Cerutti Sur Sandrinet Moscato d’Asti, Italy 2012 (£11.95, Berry Bros)

gently frothy, but not austere or acidic; uninhibited, floral sweet

Donnhoff Riesling QbA, Nahe, Germany 2012 (£14.50, Tanners; Lea & Sandeman)

from one of the country’s best winemakers; pristine, crystalline

Waitrose Late-Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 2008 (£10.99)

able to wrap itself around the relay of Quality Street

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Billaud-Simon 2012 Chablis (~£14.95 h2vin, Hennings, Planet of the Grapes)

pure mineral, although young, a treat

Verget Macon Charnay 2011 (£14.75; 13% abv, Oddbins)

well-priced, rich, buttery

Verget Pouilly Fuisse 2011 (£23; 13% abv, Oddbins)

particularly luscious, creamy

Tesco’s Finest Slovenian Sauvignon Furmint 2012 (£7.99; 12.5% abv)

adds a gorgeous aromatic lift to an attractively citrussy sauvignon base

Fossil 2012 (14% abv, £8.50 Asda online Wine Shop)

Another great seafood white; crisp, sauvignon-ish blend

Leyda Riesling Reserva 2011 (£7.99 Majestic; 13.5% abv)

bright, zesty; will freshen your palate with a lively streak of lime

Plein Sud Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012 (£9.95 from Roberson)

attractively peachy blend of roussanne and viognier

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2012 Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay Languedoc, France. £6.99, Aldi

complex and textured with substantial orange and intense peach fruit

2011 Boschendal Lanoy Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa. £6.99 until Christmas, Tesco

damson, cherry and blackcurrant fruit, bright and sprightly acidity

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Quinta do Noval LBV 2007 Douro, Portugal (thedrinkshop.com, £16.49)

clove-spiked, cherry-ripe LBV is serious stuff at a decent price

Blandy’s Aged 10 Years Bual Madeira, Portugal (morrisonscellar.com, £17.99)

Walnut, orange peel, caramel, dates and figs are all here

Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (thewhiskeyexchange.com, £34.45)

especially smooth, creamy and blissful

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Aldi Exquisite Collection Sud de France Sauvignon Blanc Viognier 2012, £5.99

zingy without being sharp, and gently fragrant

Lidl Chablis 2012 (12 per cent, France) £7.69

Crisp, fresh and a thing of beauty served chilled

Zalze Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012 (South Africa) £9.99, Sainsbury’s

tropical exuberance; brimming with voluptuous flavours

The Society’s Exhibition Albarino 2012 (Spain) £12.95, thewinesociety

Imagine the juiciest peach with a squirt of refreshing lime juice

Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2012 ( Italy) £5.59, Waitrose

still a belter, putting most Pinot Grigio to shame

Carmel Road Riesling 2009 U.S.) £14.95, corneyandbarrow.com

Offering crystal purity with an enticing honeysuckle fragrance

Los Boldos Merlot 2012 (Chile) £8.74 (6.99 if you buy two), Majestic

soft, juicy flavour and a kink of smoky richness

Asda Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 (Spain) £10

savoury, earthy re; long-lasting flavours packed with tangy fruit

Tesco Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir (New Zealand) £10.99

Stunningly fragrant; elegant, light-bodied, deft and delicious

Pulenta Estate Gran Corte 2009 (Argentina) £29, Marks & Spencer

Exquisitely balanced, powerful, vibrant fruit

Paparuda Pinot Noir 2012 (Romania) £5.99, adnams.co.uk

a real glimpse of the great value coming out of Romania

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2011 (13.5 per cent, France) £29.95, bbr.com

hypnotic, delicious, elegant and powerful – savour every sip

Sylvoz Prosecco DOC Treviso Le Colture Brut NV (Italy) £11.95, corneyandbarrow

delightfully delicate, with a joyful sense of razzle-dazzle

Agrapart Les 7 Brut (12 per cent, France) £31, thewinesociety

Charged with lemony zest and a touch of subtle golden honey

Pierre Darcys Champagne (12 per cent, France) £10, Asda

bright, dancing fizz has a subtle moreish character

Lionel Carreau Cuvee Prembulles NV (France) £36, Marks & Spencer

A classy fizz; Invigoratingly zesty with a glossy texture

Krug Grande Cuvee NV (12 per cent, France) £120, Majestic

one of the world’s finest Champagnes; deep, rich treasury of refreshment

Asti Spumante NV (7.5 per cent, Italy) £7.99, Marks & Spencer

A frothy, fizzy, fun counterpoint to the richness of Christmas pud

Waitrose Cream Sherry (19.5 per cent, Spain) £6.99

dried-fruit oomph, fudge-like sweetness and toasty tang

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Irish Cream Liqueur (35cl, 17 per cent) £6.50

Enjoy a creamy and cocoa-laced sip over ice

Maynard’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port (20 per cent) £9.99, Aldi

Nutty, sweet, as fruity as a sultana and as powerful as an espresso

Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 1999 £30.99, morrisonscellar.com

With lashings of black fruit, rose-like fragrance and deep, herby spice

Quinta do Noval 2011 £310.80 for six, laywheeler.com

An amazing vintage and one of the finest Ports from a top producer

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2008 Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port £10.50, Tesco

dense, dark and full of black plum, blueberry and fresh spice

Niepoort Senior Tawny Port NV £19.95, Lea and Sandeman

still full of fresh fruit such as cherry and classic tawny flavours

2001 Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas Port £27, Majestic

a stunner; full array of flavours and surprisingly delicate perfume

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