21-06-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 21/06/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Chablis, Desvignes, Ainé & Fils, France. Asda, £4.93 until July 5

surprisingly good, young ’09; lively, juicy, cheesy, lemon zest-spiked fruit

Saluti Vino Bianco, Vino da Tavola, Italy. Waitrose, £4.99

pleasant zingy, verdant, peach and aniseed-layered fruit

2008 Six Mile Road Symphony, California. Co-op, £4.99 from July 7-27

exotic, spicy, mandarin peel-scented white

Guilleminot Brut Champagne, Blanc de Noirs, Colchester Wine, £18.75 until June 30

biggest, bounciest non-vintage champagne style of all. Star buy

Canti Prosecco Heritage, Spumante Brut, Italy. Asda, £5 until July 26

light, lemony sparkler oozes delicious tutti-frutti fruit

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Combe Aux Jacques 2008 (£6.95 Tesco until Tuesday)

Gorgeous, lightly fruity thirst-quencher — drink cool

Cousiño Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (£9.49 Waitrose)

Berry-rich, spicy and uplifting

Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£10.99 littlebeauty.co.nz)

Refreshing tropical flavours

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Sainsbury’s House Merlot. £3.49, Sainsbury’s

pleasing, non-vintage barbecue red; spicy with cherryish sweetness

2009 De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa. £5.99 to 4 July, Oddbins

Smoky sauvignon in Sancerre mould; typical capsicum character

2007 Domaine Heresztyn Vieilles Vignes, Gevrey-Chambertin. £25.99, Waitrose

mulberry-like fruitiness and a delicate touch of spicy oak

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 Gran Tesoro Garnacha Rosé (Campo de Borja, £3.99, 13.5 per cent, Tesco)

cherry stone and raspberry fruit, good acidity and a faint sweetness

2008 Old Vines Grenache Noir (£5.99, 14.5 per cent, Marks & Spencer)

big wine with more tannin than most, ripe plum and raisin notes

2006 Mas de Subira, Priorat (£7.99 each for two, 14.5 per cent, Majestic)

smoky, wild blend of grenache, carignan and cabernet is great value

2005 D’Arenberg The Sticks and Stones (McLaren Vale, £16.99, 14.5 per cent, Oddbins)

sweet fruit and oak and lovely savoury tannins

2008 Asda Extra Special Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ogier (£14.47, 14 per cent)

Spicy, clove-scented grenache is complemented by syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault

2007 Patrick Lesec Les Espalines, Gigondas (£14.99, 15.35 per cent, Waitrose)

quite tannic but has plenty of ripe, fleshy red and black fruit flavours

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Framingham Classic Riesling 2008 (£9.95; 11% abv, Slurp.co.uk)

waltzing, tingly, lively and incredibly moreish off-dry New Zealander

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2009 (£17.95; 13% abv, Slurp)

straight, hard lines; immaculate, minerallic and very self-possessed

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

ASDA TORRONTES 2009 Trivento. (£4.47, Asda)

palate is surprisingly zesty fresh and dry. Crackingly good price

ANAKENA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (£5, reduced from £6.49, Luvians)

clean crisp quaffer from Rapel valley

CSERZEGI 2008 Hilltop Estates. (£4.75, The Wine Society)

A mildly spicy, crisp refreshing blend. Perfect for picnics

DB SEMILLON/CHARDONNAY 2009 (£5.99, Oddbins)

balance of rich honeyed palate and vibrant acidity


Lime and floral aromas, very sleek minerally palate


grown in the highest coolest vineyards hence the crisp taut palate

VALSANZO VINA SAIZO 2008 (£8.95, www.fromvineyardsdirect.com)

delicious, nutty, limey crisp aperitif

DB PINOT GRIGIO VAT 11 2009 (£8.99, Oddbins)

rich weighty crisp dry take on the popular pinot gris grape

STICH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (£8.69, Waitrose to 3 July)

Typical pungent hallmarks, zesty, characterful and full of life

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2009 Rizzardi Soave Classico “Costeggiola” 12%vol, Italy (£13.50; F&M, Longford Wines)

Beautifully crafted, with ripe, sweet apple-and-pear fruit

The 2005 Brothers in Arms No. 6 Shiraz/Cabernet, 15.5%vol, Australia (£12.20; Tanners)

bursting with ripe plums and damsons, spice and pepper

2009 Longue-Dog Grenache/Shiraz, 14%vol, France (£4.99; Sainsbury’s)

enjoyable and characterful red crammed with spicy blackberry flavours

2009 Yali Merlot Rosé, 12%vol, Chile (£4.79 as part of mixed half dozen; Majestic)

dry to off-dry and full of wild strawberries

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