24-12-2007 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 24/12/2007

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Saint Clair, Pioneer Block 6, Sauvignon Blanc. Majestic 2 @ £9.99

intense, mouthwateringly verdant, grassy, cabbagey fruit

2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Barrot, Majestic £12.99

plump, currant and blackberry-stashed wine.

Berrys’ The King’s Ginger Liqueur, Berry Bros & Rudd £14.45, 50cl.

sweet, fiery, fresh green ginger-spiked liqueur

Oloroso Pata de Gallina, Emilio Lustau, Berry, Bros & Rudd, £11.95

dreamy, dry, tangy, savoury, floral, beef-tea fruit

2006 Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora, Waitrose £4.86; Maj £5.49

oozes luscious marmalade and aniseed-stashed crystallised fruit.

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat, Waitrose, £7.49; oddbins, £8.49.

ripe, toasted, nutty, moscatel-spiked fruit

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2001 Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port, £11.99 (Tesco, Oddbins)

Deep, sweet blackberry, pepper and coffee-chocolate flavours

2001 Niepoort LBV Port, £12.50-£12.99 (Tanners, Rackham, Wine Lib)

Concentrated, vibrantly fruity, with a hint of chocolate

2001 Tanners Crusted Port, £13.95 Tanners

Great-value alternative to true vintage port. Needs decanting

2006 Roero Arneis, Malvira. £12.95 selected Sainsbury’s

perfume of pears and apples, with flavours of quince, spice and pepper

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2006 Cono Sur Reserva Pinot Noir Reserve. £4.99 until 3 Jan, Tesco

strawberry-scented red has a touch of smoky oak.

2007 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

bracingly refreshing wine; assertive aromas and juicy flavours

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Cherbaudes 2001 Beaumont. £29.42 Domaine Direct

Now at its perfect peak; mature, savoury Côte de Nuits

the Observer – Tim Atkin

Le Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (£19.99 X 2, Majestic)

nutty, restrained; fizz with remarkable elegance and length

2006 Asda Chianti (£3.48, Asda)

pleasant cherry and raspberry flavours and a nip of acidity

2006 Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc (£4.99, Tesco)

classic gooseberry intensity of the South Island style

2006 Cono Sur Carmenère, (£3.99 each for 2, Majestic)

lashings of plum and chocolate on the palate

2007 Casa Leona Chardonnay, (£5.49, Marks & Spencer)

restrained wine with moderate alcohol. Chile’s answer to Chablis?

2006 Asda Extra Special Alsace Gewürztraminer (£5.98, Asda)

has the virtue of being elegant and understated.

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2003 Marqués de la Concordia Rioja Reserva, (£4.99 Majestic)

soft, black cherry fruit goes well with so many different festive dishes

2004 Château Desmirail, (£23; Marks & Spencer)

classy claret from a lovely vintage; soft, mellow and smooth

2004 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay (£30; Harrods, Self, Averys, N Young)

scrumptious and full of grapefruit and subtle tropical fruit

1996 Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Port (£21.99; Thresher, Tesco)

festooned with awards and ready to drink now

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Ninth Island Pinot Noir 2005 £9.99, Waitrose; £9.49, Booths

lithe end of pinots, offering delicate, berry-scented refreshment

Cos Pithos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2006, £13.99, Caves de Pyrene

a tinge of liquorice, a suggestion of earth

Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2005, £9.99, Sainsbury’s

smooth and aromatic

Tarrawarra Estate Pinot Noir 2002, £21.49, Philglass & Swiggot

so nicely balanced, it’s tasty just to roll around your mouth

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