21-07-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 21/07/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Soave Classico, Cantina de Soave, Asda, £3.62

terrific, fresh, verdant, spicy, apricotty, easy-swigging summer fruit

2006 Extra Special Valpolicella Ripasso, Asda, £6.12

delivers lots of fat, summery, dried cherry and berry flavours

2006 Alamos Malbec, Catena, Argentina, Bibendum £5.24 until July 18

tasty, top dog Argentinian red; fat, inky, crimson-purple fruit

2006 Howard Park Riesling, Australia, Bibendum, £6.97 until July 18

bone-dry, zesty, steely, floral fruit; mouthwatering

2002 Château Taillefer, Pomerol, France, Tesco, £19.99

impressive, fleshy, plummy; lots of lively, herby, grainy spice on the finish

2004 Meursault, J-M Bouzereau, Burgundy, Tesco, £19.99

in 11 Tesco stores; rich, oaky; burnt, buttered toast flavours on the finish

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2007 Dourthe No1 Sauvignon Blanc, £5.66-£6.99 (Wine Rack, Waitrose)

consistently good, zesty white Bordeaux

2007 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc, £14.40 (Caves de Pyrène)

Smoky, gooseberry intensity; potential to age

2007 Iona Sauvignon Blanc, £9.99 (Waitrose)

Exceptionally pure fruit and minerality from the Cape

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Cuvée Chasseur Vin de Pays de l’Hérault. £3.29, Waitrose

bargain basement price for this bright and juicy, spicy blend

2007 Pouilly Fumé Les Cascadelles, Caves de Pouillysur. 2 @ £7.99, Majestic

classic nettley Loire sauvignon blanc combining fruit and minerality perfectly

2006 Corton Bressandes Grand Cru, Prince Florent de Mérode. £33, Jeroboams

delicious powerful raspberry pinot aromas and pure fruit quality

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Grand Gaillard Merlot/Cabernet Rosé, Bergerac (£6.17, Laithwaites)

soft, grassy, deeply coloured

2006 Anta de Serra Alentejo white (£5.83, Laithwaites)

grapey, perfumed; made from a blend of Fernão Pires and Arinto

2006 Baron de Barbón Rioja (£7.25, Laithwaites)

modern-style, raspberryish, lightly oaked

2004 Château Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis (£20.75, Laithwaites)

stylish, finely textured claret that will develop for another decade

2007 Morrisons The Best French Viognier, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £6.39

perfumed, creamy and rich; palate-coating flavours of apricot, peach and citrus

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2001 Baturrica Tarragona Gran Reserva, (£4.49; Lidl)

ripe and fruity Tempranillo/Cabernet red from Spain

2007 Pedro Ximénez, Chile (£4.99; Marks & Spencer)

crisp, lively, dry to off-dry white; fine partner to seafood salad

2007 Domaine de Tariquet Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay, (£5.29; Booths)

fruity but dry and surprisingly complex. Great with a rich fish stew

2007 Asda New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, (£5.38; Asda)

aromas of grass, nettles, gooseberries and asparagus and a vibrantly fresh palate

2007 Tesco Finest Fiano, Italy (£6.13; Tesco)

lemony, floral, creamy, dry white from Sicily is a charming example

2007 Leasingham Magnus Riesling, Australia (£7.99; Somerfield)

crisp, zesty and full of lime and apple flavours

2004 Château Sénéjac, Haut Médoc, France (£8.99; Co-op)

classy cru bourgeois claret from an early-maturing, not-bad vintage

2005 Sichel Sauternes, France (£8.99 per 50cl; Morrisons)

light rather than luscious, but goes beautifully with English strawberries

2006 Les Vieilles Vignes de Château Maris, (£9.49; Waitrose)

completely delicious – rich, dark, smooth and spicy

2007 ‘Taste the Difference’ Sancerre, France (£10.49; Sainsbury’s)

Crisp, dry and rounded, with a hint of minerality

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Altosur Malbec Rosé 2007, Argentina. 2 @ £5.99, Majestic

an embarrassment of juicy, rich, summer pudding flavours

Domaine Saparale Sartène Rosé 2007, Corsica. £10.25, Yapp Bros

Pale and unusual, with serpentine strength; herbaceous savour

Domaine Saint André de Figuière Rosé 2007, France. £10.95, Grape Shop; Mill Hill

glorious delicacy, and tinges of fennel and sandalwood

Vinha da Urze Rosé 2007, Portugal. £5.99, Marks & Spencer

fills out in your mouth, opening up like a blowsy rose

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