1st April 2019 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Château Le Maine Martin Supérieur Bordeaux 2013 (£11.65, Caves Pyrene)
joyous unoaked bright fruitiness; good red Bordeaux needn’t cost the earth
Château du Champ des Treilles Le Petit Champ Bordeauxe 2016 (£14.53, Vine Trail)
startlingly gossamer-silky, pure red Burgundy-like Haut Médoc Miracle
Château Fleur Haut Gaussens La Bergeronette Bordeaux 2016 (£15.75, Berry Bros)
deliciously fragrant and fresh red

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Everleaf non-alcoholic aperitif. £18 (for 50cl) Sainsbury’s
sophisticated, bittersweet citrus twist
Gotes Blanques 2016, Alfredo Arribas, Priorat. £18.90 Genesis Wines
lush white garnacha is a cracker. Drink with a pork or veal chop
Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2015. £17.49 Waitrose
Fine-textured and fragrant, a good example
Castellore Organico Sparkling Grillo, Sicily. £6.99 Aldi
Nicely rounded and peachy, a good prosecco alternative

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Yecla: CASTANO ORGANIC MONASTRELL 2016 £7.99-£8.99 Rude Wines; Aitken Wines
Succulent ripe juicy fruit-bomb with cherry aromas, sweet baked fruits
Yecla: PARCELAS ECOLOGICO MONASTRELL 2017. £7.50 The Wine Society
Sweet ripe fruits, forest fruit flavours, spicy depth and smooth finish
Jumilla: HONORO VERA ORGANIC MONASTRELL 2017 Juan Gil. £8.75 Woodwinters
Robust hearty unoaked red with very baked jammy sweet fruits
Jumilla: 4 MESES MONASTRELL 2016 Juan Gil. £9.99 Latitude Wine; Great Grog
Oak spice, sweet ripe cassis fruits, dark chocolate notes
Valencia: EFE MONASTRELL 2017 Bodegas Los Frailes. £11.95 Berry Bros
Light juicy sweet dark fruited example with bright acidity, dark cherry fruit
Jumilla: 12 MESES ‘SILVER LABEL’ MONASTRELL 2016 Juan Gil. £14.69 rannochscott
Refined strawberry and blackcurrant fruits, delicious chocolate undertones
Yecla: THE GAUNTLET MONASTRELL 2011 La Bascula. £16 Woodwinters
Spicy savoury mature example with sweet cherry fruits, ripe tannins

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Pommery Brut Royal NV (£39.99/£28.99 Majestic Wine)
light and fresh, with lots of citrus and apple notes
Hambledon Classic Cuvee Rosé (£35.00 Marks and Spencer)
elegant English sparkling rose; full of summery fruit notes
Studio by Miraval Rosé (£12.00 Co-op stores)
Cinsault and grenache dominated blend. Gorgeous with any seafood
Chateau de Cruzeau 2013 (£17.99 Waitrose)
richness and fullness on the palate; subtle citrus and refreshing flavours
Rabl Gruner Veltliner (£10.99/£8.99 Majestic Wine)
rich and spicy gruner from the Kamptal region of Austria
Moueix Saint Emilion 2015 (£15.00 Marks and Spencer)
really soft and velvety smooth claret, elegant and subtle
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013 (£23.00/£20.50 Majestic Wine)
spice, depth and complexity to the black-fruit flavours
Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (50cl; £6.59 on offer until 9 April Waitrose)
clean, luscious flavours of apricots, honey and orange blossom

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Visintini Pinot Grigio Ramato 2017, Italy. (Lea & Sandeman, £14.50)
pale, pinkish-bronze colour of a sunset; subtle taste of spicy ripe pears
Taste the Difference Pinot Grigio 2018, Italy. (Sainsbury’s, £7)
crisp, with watery reflections of orange and crab apple
Zuani Vigne Bianco 2017 Collio, Italy. (Lea & Sandeman, £19.50)
reminiscent of pear skin, yellow citrus peel, bay leaves