22-08-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 22/08/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Taste the Difference Languedoc White 2010, £7.99 Sainsbury’s

Aromatic hints of apricot and a sack load of zest zing

Les Signatures Mont Tauch Minervois 2010, £7.99 Morrisons

Arrestingly spicy with meaty power and bold, fruity intensity

Laurent Miquel L’Atelier Vermentino 2010, £9.99 Ocado

Bright with an exotic edge and oodles of glorious invogorating freshness

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2009, 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

Turbo spiced red that ought to have a rev counter strapped to every bottle

Sestina Pecorino 2010. 2 @ £6.99, Majestic

Fragrant and pure with citrus freshness; Crisp and delish

Louis Latour Domaine de la Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2009 (2 @ £8.49 Majestic)

Pretty, uplifting and scented like raspberries and cherries

Marquesa de la Cruz Garnacha Syrah Mazuelo Campo de Borja 2010 (£6.99, Sainsbury)

absolutely delicious, easy-going, juicy red blend; bright berry taste

Domaine Filliatreau Château Fouquet Saumur Rouge 2010 (£10.50, www.yapp.co.uk)

smells of fresh hedgerows, pencil shavings and red berries

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Marks & Spencer 2010 Fiano Sannio DOC. £5.99, until 4 September

crisp appley and pear fruitiness; clean, dry aftertaste

2009 Baron de Ley Graciano. £8.99, Tesco

rich, dark cherry and mulberry fruit characters; trenchant blade of acidity

Pol Roger Réserve NV Brut Champagne. £28 until Monday week, Majestic

stylish toasty aromas and intense baked apple mousse that explode on the tongue

the Observer – David Williams

Veranza Chardonnay, Spain 2010. (£6.50, The Vintner; £6.43, Bablake Wines)

Unoaked, it’s all about the youthful guava and mango fruit flavours

Asda Extra Special Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. (£8.67, Asda)

combination of restrained toasty flavours and zingy tropical fruitiness

Encantado by Tabali Chardonnay Reserva, Limarí, Chile 2011. (£8.99, Tesco)

cooling acidity underpins this judiciously oaked, weighty but elegant white

Château de Puligny-Montrachet Clos de Château Bourgogne Blanc, France 2008. (£22, Berry Bros)

Boldly sunny and fruity, it has an addictive citrus pith tang

Yabby Lake Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Australia 2008. (£26, Swig)

exceptionally pure with a mouthwateringly citrus-and-mineral-fired palate

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 2002. (£39.99, Corney & Barrow)

simply glorious: rich but beautifully balanced by its nervy acidity

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Kernel Brewery India Pale Ale CCA (6.7% abv, widely available in London, ~£2.70)

fragrant, fruity

Cumbrian Brewery Hardknott Queboid (£3.85 mybrewerytap.com, £4.15 beerritz.co.uk)

8% Belgian-style double IPA, a strong, spicy Brewdog drinkalike

Otley Brewery O Garden (£2.94, realbeerbox.com; 4.8% abv)

delicious, clear wheat beer spiked with coriander, cloves and orange

Marks & Spencer’s Cambridgeshire Summer Ale (£2.19 for 500ml)

wonderfully refreshing, dry-hopped; delicate and floral

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2010 Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux, 12.5%, £7.99, Waitrose

Sophisticated French sauvignon with lemon and gooseberry fruit

2009 Taste the Difference Tuscan Red, 13%. Two for £10, Sainsbury’s

smoothness, softness and well-balanced cherry and plum fruit

2009 Villa Cardini Garganega Trebbiano, Veneto, 12%. £6.99, Abbey Wines, Melrose

crisp acidity, subtle citrus flavours, good balance and a long finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Torres Sangre de Toro 2009, Catalunya, Spain (Asda, Morr, Wait, Maj ~£7.03)

tangy, soft, juicy; Chill ever so slightly in hot weather

Taste the Difference Penguin Sands Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago (Sainsbury, £9.99)

bursting with cherry and raspberry fruit and a coating of chocolate

Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2009, Beaujolais, France (Majestic, 2 @ £7.99 until 29 August)

succulent strawberry fruit is spot on with salmon and monkfish

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