19-05-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 19/05/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 House Wine, Gers, Domaine Virginie, France, Marks & Spencer, £3.79

over-delivers on fruit and finesse but not on alcohol.

2007 Gamay, V d Pays de l’Ardeche, Saint Désirat, Marks & Spencer, £3.79

Brilliant satellite Rhône red; bright, ripe, crunchy, peppery, juicy fruit

2006 Midsummer Hill, Three Choirs, England, The Wine Society £5.25

light, floral, grapey, hedgerow scent and verdant grassy palate

2006 Stone Brook, Three Choirs, England, The Wine Society, £6.50

overflows with ripe elderflower scents.

2006 Pouilly-Fuissé, Louis Jadot, Tesco, £13.99

fine, ripe, fat, hazelnutty fruit from a good vintage and a top producer

2006 Santenay Charmes, Roger Belland, Tesco, £14.49

delicate, gentle, leafy, gamey spice; all about – restraint.

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2007 Bon Courage Colombard, £6.58 Sunday Times Wine Club

Sauvignon lookalike from the Cape: crisp grass and passion-fruit taste

2007 Spy Valley Riesling, £7.95-£9.99 Quaff, Sampler, Wine Soc, Bibendum

Mouthwatering lime-juice flavours

2007 Taste the Difference Albariño, £5.99 Sainsbury’s

Textbook, crisp, apply, peachy Spanish albariño

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2006 Bourgogne Chardonnay (£7.99; Marks & Spencer)

soft supple fruit, well-judged use of French oak and juicy finish

2005 Château Barreyres, Haut-Médoc, (£8.99; Sainsbury’s)

ripe, smooth blackcurrant and black cherry fruit and structured tannins

2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir 13% vol (£7.99; Marks & Spencer)

spicy, jammy fruit on the palate with silky soft tannins and hints of vanilla

2007 Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Blanc (£10.95-£11.95; Taurus, HH&Clark, Booths)

fresh and lively, with scrumptious honeyed pears on the palate

2005 Château Mont-Redon, Côtes-du-Rhône (£85.18 per 12; Justerini & Brooks)

soft, spicy, blended from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah

2006 Ch Puysserguier, St Chinian Blanc (£8.99-£9.49; Bacchanalia, Corkscrew, Hoults, Martinez)

soft and buttery with hints of acacia flower, honey and spice

2007 Côté Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne (£6.25-£6.50; Wine Soc, Advintage)

deliciously fruity, with a dry to off-dry finish; classy quaffing wine

Laurent Perrier NV Brut Ultra Champagne (£36; Selfridges, HNichols, Harrods)

wonderfully invigorating champagne has had no sugar added at any stage

2005 Ch Roques Mauriac “Classic” Bordeaux Rosé (£5.49 Bordeaux Undiscovered)

beguiling rosy pink with elusive hints of wild strawberries on the nose.

2005 Irouléguy, Domaine Ilarria,”Cuvée Bixinto” (£16.50; Yapp Bros)

feisty red is a delight; 100 per cent organic

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay. £4.49 until Tuesday, Tesco

well crafted with fresh pineappley flavours and a touch of vanilla

2007 La Esperanza Estate Torrontes. £5.99, M&S

muscat/gewürzt cross, delivers deliciously fresh, dry white flavours

Louis Roederer Quartet NV, California. Majestic, buy 2 bottles @ £13.33

stylish fizz made in Louis Roederer’s cool, high Anderson Valley outpost

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2005 Chivite Colección 125 Chardonnay (£22.50, Waitrose)

citrus and vanilla-scented

2006 Torres Fransola, Penedés (£13.99, Handford)

complex, toasty, grapefruity

2005 Castro Martin Family Reserve (£10.45, Bibendum)

slightly honeyed

2007 Terras Gauda O Rosal, Rías Baixas (£12.30, Caves Pyrène)
2007 Viña Somoza Classico Godello (£10, Lay & Wheeler)

spicy and stylishly oaked with notes of pear and greengage

2006 Bodegas Naia, Naiades, Rueda (£19.95, Indigo Wines, Vineking)

barrel-fermented; concentration, depth of flavour and balancing acidity

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Mont-Redon (£14.99, Marks & Sp)

intense, spicy, herbal, Grenache Blanc-based blend; an absolute joy

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Vin de Pays d’Ardèche Gamay 2007, France. £3.79, Marks & Sp

bright, redcurrant fruit, and verve met with cleansing acidity

Codorniu Reserva Raventos, Spain. £8.99, Majes, Sainsb, Oddb

It would be a rare champagne that even at £5 more could match its grace

La Différence Viognier-Muscat 2007, France. £5.25, Tesco

the muscat contributes a welcome grapey-ness

Vittorio Innocenti Chianti Colli Senesi 2005, Italy. £8.99, Caves Pyrene

rustic, savoury and traditional

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