20th August 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Domaine Cordier Mâcon Aux Bois d’Allier Burgundy 2016 (£13.50, thewinesociety)
superbly rich, resonant, shimmering chardonnay
Acustic Celler, Negre Montsant Spain 2015 (from £13.80, cambridgewine)
intensely spicy, warm but balanced red
Henry Pelle Les Bornes Menetou-Salon Loire 2017 (£14.50, Oddbins)
riverbank-cool, green and charming
Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano Tuscany 2015 (from £12, jeroboams, tannico)
lipsmackingly dark plum and cherry
Cave de Saint-Désirat Saint-Joseph 2016 (£15.99, Waitrose)
succulent, pepper-savoury, violets-and-blackberry allure
Tatomer Steinhügel Riesling Santa Barbara 2016 (from £20.70, robersonwine)
exotically ripe but steely, Alsace-esque riesling

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Castellblanc Cava Brut, £7.49 Ocado, 11.5%
Well priced, with an appealing whiff of ice-cream soda
Nu Allongé Cava Brut, £11.99 Virgin Wines, 11.5%
An elegant cava typical of the region’s new ultra-brut style.
Pere Ventura Maria del Mar Gran Reserva, £16.50 Great Western Wine, 11.5%
Rich, opulent, creamy cava with a luscious touch of oak.
Jaume Cordoníu 2010, £25 Taurus Wines, 11.5%
Another serious vintage cava: better than many champagnes at the price

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CHAMPAGNE PIERRE GIMMONET CUIS 1er CRU BdB (£30 Virgin Wines)
Crisp minerality, pure Chardonnay fruits and rich nutty finish
CHAMPAGNE LARMANDIER BERNIER 1er CRU BdB EXTRA BRUT (£39 Woodwinters; Lea & Sandeman)
Supremely dry, extremely minerally, almost chalky
CHAMPAGNE RENE JOLLY BdB BRUT (£31.99 Waitrose Cellar)
Biscuity, roasted aromas, pure citric fruits with creamy length
CHAMPAGNE A R LENOBLE GRAND CRU BdB CHOUILLY (£35 Aitken Wines; Luvians; Bon Vivant; Stannary Wine)
Rich rounded creamy fruits with a fleshy ripe vinous palate
CHAMPAGNE GONET SULCOVA BdB BRUT (£29.99 Raeburn Fine Wines)
Stylish sleek Chardonnay – smooth biscuity richness
CHAMPAGNE J L VERGNON CONVERSATION BdB BRUT (£34 Waitrose; Berry Bros)
Creamy flinty zesty Chardonnay cuvee, minerally notes, elegant
CHAMPAGNE COLLARD PICARD CUVEE PRESTIGE BRUT £42 Swig)
Rich apricot fruits, honeyed undertones, creamy palate
CHAMPAGNE DIDIER CHOPIN BRUT (£24.99 Laithwaites)
Floral aroma, clean citric palate with rich toasty notes
CHAMPAGNE LAHAYE BRUT NATURE GRAND CRU (£39 Wine Society; £40 Berry Bros)
Deliciously vinous fizz with rich succulent fruit; beautiful length
CHAMPAGNE MARC HEBRART 1er CRU CUVEE DE RESERVE BRUT (£26 Wine Society)
Rich full-flavoured fizz with smoky notes, lacks great length
CHAMPAGNE GREMILLET BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT (£28.95 Drinkmonger)
Smooth rounded red fruit notes with light biscuit hints
CHAMPAGNE LEFEBVRE CUVEE RESERVE BRUT (£34.99 Laithwaites)
Rich complex zesty dense Pinot Noir-dominant cuvee

the Independent – Stacey Smith

Domaine de la Metairie D’Alon Chardonnay 2016: £19, Borough Wines
creamy oak and vanilla aroma, ripe lemon and biscuity hazelnut notes
Harvey Nichols Pecorino 2017 13%: £13, Harvey Nichols
depth and complexity which goes well with food
Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken 10.4%: £15, Honest Grapes
fresh burst of citrus with a pleasing salinity to finish
Chateau De Monfaucon, Nobody’s Perfect 2014 11.8%: £120 x 6, winebuyers
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aromatic fruit-forward dry white wine
Tesco Finest Chilean Organic Sauvignon 12.5%: £9, Tesco
nicely balanced white with zesty citrus fruit on the nose
Vinca Minor Mendocino County Carignan Rosé 2017 12%: £22.50, Roberson
Juicy watermelon and strawberries couple with aromatic herbs

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Bird in the Hand Sparkling Pinot 2017, Australia
 (Waitrose £11.99 until Aug 28)
smells of just-picked red cherries and strawberries, with dried rose petals
Argiolas Carignano del Sulcis Carda Nera 2016 Sardinia (Wine Society, £14.50)
luxurious warmth, redolent of intensely ripe berry juice and green figs
Domaine des Ormes Saumur 2015 
Loire (Co-op, £7.49)
smells like summer pudding, and is good served slightly chilled