20-07-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 20/07/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Menetou-Salon, Domaine du Manay, France. Majestic two for £8.99 each

mouthwatering, spicy, verdant, zesty, steely, gooseberry-laden sauvignon

2007 Vouvray Sec, Cuvée Silex, Vigneau-Chevreau, The Wine Society £9.95

smoky, tart, floral, grapey finesse makes it a perfect summer’s day apéritif.

2007 Château des Jacques Bourgogne Chardonnay, Louis Jadot. Majestic two @ £9.99

delicious ripe, sweet, hazelnut-scented wine.

2008 ‘Frangy’ Roussette de Savoie, Domaine Bruno Lupin. Caves de Pyrène £10.15

unusual, zesty, musky, lemony, floral, exotic white

2008 Sancerre, Noël & Jean-Luc Raimbault, Co-op £9.49 from July 29 to August 18

stunning, grassy, greengage and tropical fruit-charged sauvignon

2007 Fleur Mâcon- Villages, Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Montrachet £10.99

gorgeous, crystallised pineapple bouquet and smoky, nutty, part barrel-aged, creamy palate

2007 Château de Raousset Fleurie, Grille-Midi, Justerini & Brooks £9.51

delicious, strong, silky, smoky, raspberry- laden beaujolais

2007 Domaine des Nugues Fleurie, Majestic two for £9.59 each

assertive, vibrant, lively, gamey, plummy fruit

2008 Mâcon-Rouge, Les Bruyères, Guerrin, France. Tanners £8.20

gorgeous, gamey, juicy, liquid summer pudding of a wine: heaven

2006 Côtes de Nuits-Villages, Les Senteurs, France. Marks & Spencer £11.99

chockablock with the lively, smoky, spiced plum, gamey, faintly leathery flavours

2004 Château d’Argadens, Bordeaux Supérieur, Tanners £9.70, Harrods £10.25

lively, leafy, zesty blackcurrant and plum-laden fruit

2001 Château Sainte-Colombe, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, Montrachet; Ledbury £10.49

oodles of joyous, ripe, truffley, savoury, smoky-oak laden fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Domaine de Pellehaut Ampelomeryx 2006 (£8.75 herculeswines)

delicious and scintillating blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£13.50 harrods)

intensity to the fruity, flinty flavours.

Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2007 (£10.50 thewinesociety)

citrussy, refreshing, food-friendly and subtly seasoned with oak

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Tesco Finest Nero d’Avola. £4.49, down from £5.99 to Tuesday

delightful, cherryish rosso; softly juicy, summer-pudding fruit

2007 Val do Salnés Albariño. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

aromatic, peachy richness of flavour; tempered by crisp acidity

2007 Henschke Louis Semillon, Eden Valley. £12.99, Waitrose

apple and gooseberry-like concentration; balanced by a tonic freshness

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 Celler El Masroig, Sola Fred, Montsant (£7.85, Indigo; Noel Young)

youthful, gluggable

2006 Les Mines, Bellmunt del Priorat (£12.99, 15%, Marks & Spencer)

assertive, vigorous

2007 Pasanau, Ceps Nous, Priorat (£13.99, 14.5%, The Sampler)

intense, darkly coloured, blackberryish

2006 Torres Perpetual Priorat (£18.99, 15%, Noel Young)

inky, powerful, dense yet refreshing

2006 Clos Mogador Priorat (£34.50, 14.5%, Georges Barbier)

complex, herby, plum and prune-like red with Italianate acidity

Alvaro Palacios 2006 Finca Dofi (£45.95, Berry Brothers)

brooding, minerally; a stunning wine

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Tesco Finest Tingleup Great Southern Riesling 2008 (£6.99; 12% abv)


La Différence Carignan 2008 (around £5.79, Asda, Co-op, Tesco; 13.5% abv)

herby character and slight dried fig taste

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2008 (£9.99, Waitrose; 13.5% abv)

alert, joltingly minerallic; lemon and grapefruit pith zing

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Pouilly – Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2006, Louis Latour, 2 @ £8.99 each Majestic

delicate aroma of honey and just a touch of flowery petals

Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red 2007, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, £11.99

graceful character reminiscent of good claret. Notes of plums, cedar and thyme

The First Lady 2007, Warwick Estate, South Africa, £9.99 Wait, Majes, Bon Coeur, Raeburn

big, brooding South African cabernet sauvignon blend; luscious and voluptuous

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Marlborough pinot noir 2007 (£8.98)

smooth chocolatey depths and tangy, succulent flavours

Saddleback pinot noir 2007, Central Otago (Marks & Spencer, £14.99)

Gorgeous, aromatic pinot; juicy, supple layers of blackcurrant and raspberry

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 pinot noir 2007 (Majestic, £17.49)

fragrant with red berries and a hint of violet; sweet, soft, summer-pudding flavours

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