19-09-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 19/09/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Cave de Lugny Macon Villages La Cote Blanc 2010. £7.99, Majestic

Complex, with some funky aromas as well as vibrant, bright freshness

Rioja Perez Burton 2007, £9.99 Marks & Spencer

Plenty of flavour with mellow spice, this is highly gluggable vino

Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon, £6.79

A thing of beauty. Very sweet wine with exuberant zing

Chateau Peybaron Bordeaux 2000, £12.99 Majestic

Savoury and structured; rocking red

Cuvee Pecheur 2010, £4.35 Ocado

A bargain. Bright, simple and appley crisp

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Fortnum & Mason Côtes du Rhône Andre Brunel 2009 France (13.5%, £7.90)

juicy red with hints of tar is great value and one to lay in for winter

Contino Rioja 2005 Spain (14%, M&S, 80 branches only, £22)

immaculate rioja, sleek and arresting

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2010 Chile (13.5%, £8.58, Asda, Sains, Maj; Booths)

sunny, broad, welcoming chardonnay with just an edge of oak

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Picpoul de Pinet. £5.99 Marks & Spencer until 2 October

refreshing apple and pear-crisp example; citrusy twist

2009 Calicanto, Vina el Principal, Maipo. buy 2 = £9.99, Majestic

blackcurrant pastille sweetness; spicy, rich, cassis-centred

2008 Steam Wharf Road Syrah. £85.44/6 bottles = £14.24, Tesco

spice and pepper flavour with a damson-fruit quality

the Observer – David Williams

Emiliana “O” Syrah, Rapel Valley, Chile 2010 (£7.99, Tesco)

taut but supple; mixes pure blackberry with a delicious hint of spice and mocha

Marks & Spencer Godello, Monterrei, Spain 2010 (£9.99)

invigoratingly snappy; Subtly floral and apple-scented

Cornarea Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2008 (£15.50, Berry Bros)

pretty perfumed, evocative nose and a soft succulent palate

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Martini Rosso (widely available, £10-11 a litre; 15% abv)

delicious, herby; a key component of a Manhattan

Noilly Prat (£8.99, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose; 18% abv)

most bartenders’ choice for a martini

Lillet Blanc (on offer £14.19 thedrinkshop.com, £16.90 Nicolas; 18% abv)

lush, creamy; has about it something of a sauternes

Chambéry (Wine Society £6.50; 17.5% abv)

delicate, floral; great alternative to a glass of white wine

Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (£17.49; 16% abv Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis)

full of warm spices – or fruitcake with a layer of marzipan

Carpano Antica Formula (£30.95; 16.5% abv Whisky Exchange)

lusciously raisiny; make a “reverse” Manhattan with more vermouth than bourbon

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Rosado Spain, 13.5 per cent. £6.99, Co-op

Light and floral rosé for grown-ups; strawberry mousse flavours

2009 Gran Tesoro Garnacha Campo de Borja, Spain, 13.5 per cent. £4.29, Tesco

everyday red with raspberry and blackcurrant fruit and nice flowery aromas

2010 La Battistina Gavi Italy, 12 per cent. £8, Vino, Edinburgh

Soft, gentle and perfumed white with appealing red apple and mango flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Frederic’s Great British Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Sainsbury until 27 Sep, £1.79)

tastes just like freshly baked gingerbread

Full Bore Strong Ale, Hunters Brewery, Devon (Sainsbury until 27 Sep, £2.12)

A great beer, with malty depths and a distinctly honeyed note

Beer Kitchen Espresso Stout (wadworth.co.uk, £4 for 330ml)

sweet, smooth, mocha beer that is just fab with dark chocolate

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