24-10-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 24/10/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Chateau La Roseraie Dumont Bordeaux 2009, 37.99 M&S

Dark, savoury and powerful

Chateau Segonzac Oak-Aged Bordeaux 2009, £9.99 Waitrose

Lovely intensity and chunky structure here

Chateau La Croix du Casse Pomerol 2004, £24.99 Sainsbury’s

Plenty of structure that dries your mouth

Vieux Chateau Certan 2003, £120 Berry Bros & Rudd

This velvet classic would be an amazing treat

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc marlborough 2010, £9.99 Majestic

Packed with bright zinging passionfruit and citrus flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Taste the Difference Priorat 2008 Spain (14.5%, Sainsbury’s, £9.99)

concentrated, upright, wrapped in tidy French oak

Palacio Fuente Verde Gran Reserva 2004 Spain (13.5%, Lea & Sand, £8.95)

sumptuous red; as if the garnacha berries have melted gently into the oak

Chat-en-Oeuf Rouge 2010, France (13.5%, Waitrose, £5.99; 2 for £10 on offer)

blend of grainy grenache and spicy syrah is a real success

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Mark Haisma Bourgogne 2009. £14.45, fromvineyardsdirect

elegant, violets-and-woodsmoke aromas, and sensual, bright, cherry flavours

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2010. £6.99 on offer Waitrose

refreshing, clean flavours of pears, apples; underlying hint of spiciness

Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005. £9.99 until 30 October Marks & Spencer

big, rich, sweet and brambly mouthful

the Observer – David Williams

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault, South Africa 2010 (£5.79 rannochscott; £5.95, Wine Society)

exceptionally good value red full of soft fruit and silky tannins

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Priorat, Spain 2008 (£9.99, sainsburys.co.uk)

very powerful; slightly wild red full of dried black fruits and herbs

Domaine Gérard Morin Cuvée Ovide, Sancerre, France 2010 (£18.95, robersonwine.com)

an essential oil of elderflowers and just-mown grass shot through with minerals

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

The FMC 2009 Chenin Blanc (£21.25-£22, AG Wines; Gt Western Wine; swig)

often compared to great white burgundy

Ken Forrester Workhorse Chenin Blanc 2011 (£7.99, larger M&S; 14% abv)

smooth, peachy; would repay hanging on to for six to 12 months

O Fournier 2008 Alfa Centauri Red (£26.95, Butlers Wine Cellar 14.5% abv)

beautiful blend of low-yielding cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot

Urban Uco Tempranillo 2010 (£8.50-£8.99, Lea & Sand; Great Grog; SH Jones; Butlers)

smooth; knocks spots off many riojas at the price

Ridge Lytton Springs (Half bottle £13.40 Four Walls; £13.95 jnwine.com, 14.5%)

gloriously ripe, brambly zinfandel blend; one of the all-time California greats

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa; 13.5%, £6.99, Majestic

lemon flavours supported by white currant and apricot

2010 Notre Dame de Cousignac Vivarais, France; 14%, £5.95, The Wine Society

plum and cherry fruit set against a slightly floral backdrop

2010 Wakefield Estate Riesling, Australia; 12.5%, £9.49, Raeburn Fine Wines

Vibrant lime-based acidity, real depth and a touch of minerality

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tagus Creek Shiraz-Trincadeira 2010, Portugal (Tesc, Morr, Boo, from £5.99)

aromatic, juicy with ripe red berries, and gently spiced

Tesco Finest Oloroso Sherry, Spain (£5.49 for 50cl)

deep amber, nutty and lingering on the tongue;properly dry oloroso

Morrisons Mâcon-Villages 2009 Burgundy, France (£6.19)

refreshing and vivacious with pear and orange fruit and a rounded finish

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