24-11-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 24/11/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, France, SAINSBURY’S, £3.69

easy-glugging celery, cucumber and grapefruit-zest styled fruit

2007 Soave Classico, Ronca, Italy, ASDA, £3.98

lively, lemony, zesty, floral, unoaked and cool stainless steel-fermented white

2007 Gran López La Mancha Blanco, Spain, WAITROSE, £3.99

fine, verdant, white pepper-spiked fruit and flavour

2007 La Baume Suprême Sauvignon Blanc, BUDG £4.49 on offer, Morr, Sains £5.99

green tomato, peapod and green bean-styled fruit

2007 Hardys Anniversary Chardonnay-Viognier WAITROSE, £4.99 from December 3

buttery, citrussy chardonnay and perfumed viognier style

2007 Sicilian Red, Cantine Settesoli, Italy, ASDA, £2.98

bold, inky, sunny red with bags of meaty, vanilla-charged fruit

2007 La Baume Suprême Cabernet Sauvignon, BUDGENS, £4.49, SAINS, £5.99

bold, ripe, inky, curranty cabernet with a whisper of cherries and chocolate

2007 Domaine Py Merlot, Jean Pierre Py, MAJESTIC, 2 @ £4.99

Oozing fat, ripe, squishy prune, raisin and chocolate flavours

2007 Domaine La Croix Martelle, WAITROSE, £4.99

Brilliant value rhônesque red; lively, red fruits scent and taste

2005 Chianti Riserva Familae Piccini, SAINSBURY’S, £4.99 until January 6

forward, fruity, contemporary-styled; beefy, leather, truffle and spice-laden

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2008 The Ned Pinot Grigio (£9.99 Waitrose, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

Pink-tinged, medium-weight, with apple, peach, spice and a hint of sweetness

2007 Tinja Pinot Gris, £9.75 (Lowe Wines, Vin du Van, L’Art du Vin, Provender)

Crisp, zesty pear, peach and orange flavours; from Orange, Australia

2006 The Lane Single Vineyard Pinot Gris, £9.49 (Waitrose)

Rich, nutty, peachy with fine acidity; from the Adelaide Hills

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Domaine La Croix Martelle Vin de Pays d’Oc. £4.99, Waitrose

aromatic ripe blackberry fruitiness; juicy, moreish quality.

2007 Lirac, Cave de Saint Desirat £7.99, buy 2 = £5.99, Majestic

vivid southern Rhône blend; powerful effect

2006 Chablis Domaine Pierre de Préhey, Domaine Brocard. £10.99, M&S

full-flavoured; subtle complexity of the authentic minerally chablis style.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Louis Roederer Quartet NV, Anderson Valley (2 @ £14.99 Majestic)

toasty, stylish

2007 The Boulders Viognier, California (£4.99, the Co-op)

scented, apricotty

2005 Cycles Gladiator Merlot, Central Coast (£6.99, Waitrose; Booths)

mint and bramble-like

2006 Parducci Pinot Noir, California (£8.49, Oddbins)

soft, raspberryish

2004 Ravenswood Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel (£13.95, Wine Society)

spicy, full-throated

2006 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Paso Robles (£25.99, Oddbins FW)

mealy, herbal

2005 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (£26.50, Berry Brothers).

structured, age-worthy; will keep for another eight years.

2006 Craggy Range Block 14 Syrah, Gimblett Gravels. £19.95, Jeroboams

peppery, refined and supremely elegant. Utterly delicious.

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2008 Klein Constantia sauvignon blanc, South Africa (£8.99-£9.99; Booths, Selfridges, Tanners)

grassy and herbaceous on the nose with compact, neat fruit on the palate

2007 Ken Forrester chenin blanc, South Africa (£7.99 Majestic)

marvellously complex. Crisp and dry as well as rounded and honeyed

2006 Paul Cluver pinot noir, South Africa (£9.99; selected Waitrose)

soft, smooth and spicy with excellent cherry fruit (hints of chocolate)

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Champteloup Chardonnay 2007 (£3.99 until December 2, Waitrose)

creamy texture, light touch and lovely freshness

Les Quatre Clochers Chardonnay Réserve 2005 (£7.35, Tesco)

more oomph, body and glow; a miracle for the money

Marks & Spencer’s St Romain 2006, Burgundy, (£9.99)

Pressed flowers, buried and fossilised tarragon, and woodruff

Tabali Encantado Reserva Chardonnay 2007, Limari (£6.79 from Dec 3, Waitrose)

meshes elegance with spark

Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2006 (£13.99, Harrogate Fine Wine)

a beautifully structured, sumptuous, magical white

Maison Carrée Auvernier Neuchatel Blanc 2007, Switzerland (£10.99, Wholefoods)

Chalky, yeasty, clean, saline and dry, like a muscadet-sur-lie but with bubbles

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