22-03-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 22/03/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2009 Australian Reserve Riesling-Gewürztraminer, Tesco, £4.96

bold, spicy, lychee and peach-laden Aussie white

Côtes du Rhône, France Tesco, £3.52

simple, ripe, peppery, plummy grenache

2008 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Jomain, Majestic2 @ £8.99 each

Bargain burgundy, this buttery ’08 is a must-buy.

2008 Chianti Poliziano, Italy Majestic, 2 @ £7.99 each

Fine, toothsome; ripe, spicy, violet-scented pizzazz

2002 Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, Berry Bros & Rudd £47

magnificent, ripe, sturdy, smoky claret

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Mas du Soleilla Les Bartelles 2007 (£17.95 great western wine)

Deep red fruits — needs a little time

Château d’Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2007 (£15.49 essentially wine)

Outstanding finesse, fruit and minerality

Château Camplazens Syrah 2006 (£6.99 Majestic)

Fragrance, fruit and herbs in a lighter style

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Corbières, Cave de Mont Tauch. £4.49, Morrisons

spicy, robust; plenty of juicy peppery fruit and damsony acidity

2007 Ramon Bilbão Single Vineyard Rioja. 2 = £6.74, Majestic

emphasis on blackberry fruit succulence and concentration

2007 Marks & Spencer Meursault. £24, M&S

deliciously nutty and lees-derived oatmealy flavours; textured opulence

the Times – Tim Atkin

2009 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Taste the Difference (£5.99, Sainsbury)

Tangy and ocean-crisp with grapefruit and gooseberry flavours

2009 Costero Riesling, Viña Leyda San Antonio (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

notes of minerals and fresh limes here, with taut acidity

2009 Cascara Limarí Valley Chardonnay De Martino (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

melon and citrus to the fore, but there’s a hint of smoky, vanilla oak

2007 Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (£9.99, Oddbins)

aromas and flavours of mint and blackcurrant pastille

2006 Coyam, Colchagua Valley (£12.50, The Wine Society)

stunning red at the price; svelte and smooth, with textured tannins

2007 O Fournier Centauri Red Blend, Maule Valley (£12.99, D. Byrne & Co)

rich, spicy and profound, with super-ripe, sun-baked flavours

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (2 @ £7.99, Majestic; 13% abv)

mouthwatering and reminiscent of river rocks

Beyerskloof Reserve Pinotage 2007 (2 @ £6.99, Majestic; 14.5 abv)

tinged with wood smoke with a breath of fresh-roasted coffee beans

Crow’s Fountain Chenin Blanc 2009 (£5.99, 5 April, M&S; 14.5% abv)

looks good at the offer price

Scotsman< - Rose Murray-Brown/h2>

Macon Villages 2008 Domaine Talmard. The Wine Society, £8.95

beautifully made unoaked chardonnay ticks every box

Macon-Verze 2007 Domaine Leflaive. Corney & Barrow Scotland, £17.99

Magical blending; a fruity, zesty, superb chardonnay.

Macon Milly-Lamartine 2008 Le Heritiers du Comte Lafon. Berry Bros, £16.50

This is ripe, intense and leesy with fantastic length.

the Telegraph – Jonny Ray

2006 Château de Brague, 12.5%vol, France (£8.99; Oddbins)

inky, cedary nose and robust but soft juicy fruit on the palate

2008 Kaituna Hills Reserve Chardonnay, 13.5%vol, NZ, (£7.99 until April 5; M&S)

sweet ripe fruit and a gentle butteriness

2008 Ciu Ciu Le Merlettaie, 13.5%vol, Italy, (£10; Bowes Wine)

smooth, soft and creamy with hints of pears and apricots

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