25 July 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Yves Cuilleron Viognier, France 2016 (£17.99, Corks of Bristol; Martinez; Hedonism; Philglas & Swiggot)
cooling stony sensation to the heady summer-garden ambience
Bellingham the Bernard Series Viognier, South Africa 2016 (£13.49 Majestic)
spicy-toasty, orchard fruit-juicy style
Puertas Antiguas Viognier, Chile 2016 (£7.75, Corney & Barrow)
gloriously hazy floral, pear and white peach-scented bargain

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Wiper and True Milk Shake beer (5% abv, Beerhawk £2.99)
an irresistibly smooth, sweet stout
Moor Beer Stout (5% abv, £2.50 brewery’s online shop)
fascinatingly fruity, and almost winey in character
Lost and Grounded Keller Pils (4.8% abv, £2.40 Oddbins Clifton & Blackheath)
crisp, clean
Hop-Hand Fallacy Farmhouse Ale (4.4% abv, £2.60 Oddbins Clifton & Blackheath)
refreshingly citrussy, flavoured with orange and coriander

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

VIOGNIER 2016 Mas La Chevaliere (13%; £11.99 Provender Brown; Fountainhall Wines)
Unoaked, fresh and zippy with Viognier’s typical apricot scents
PICPOUL DE PINET 2016 Domaine Gaujal (13.5%; £10.50 Yapp Bros)
Expect citrus tangy dry white with a salty edge
GRENACHE GRIS 2014 Domaine Jones (13.5%; £13.50 winesociety; Henderson Wines)
Lusciously rich honeyed, fresh minerality; herby spicy undertones
MAS CHAMPART BLANC 2012 (13.5%; £18 Berry Bros)
Unusual honeyed herby white, picked late
LA SOULA BLANC 2009 Domaine Soula (13.5%; £23.99 Raeburn; terroirlanguedoc)
Beautifully textured complex nutty tangy white
CORBIERES ROSE CUVEE TRADITION 2016 Chateau Fontareche (13%; £9.65 Berry Bros)
Well-made generously fruity dry(ish) rose
MINERVOIS PLAISIR D’EULALIE 2016 Chateau Sante Eulalie (13.5%; £7.95 Wine Soc)
Ripe jammy blackberry aromas, full upfront fruit palate
COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES 2013 Mas des Montagnes (13.5%; £10.99 Majestic)
Delicate juicy up-front raspberry fruited red with hints of wild thyme
MINERVOIS LO MAINATGE 2012 La Croix de Saint Jean (14.5%; £17.99 Henderson Wines; Cornelius Wines; Fine Wine Musselburgh; Luvians; Markinch Wine Gallery)
Silky spicy herby Minervois with its focused fruit and mineral tinge
MINERVOIS LA LIVINIERE 2014 Chateau Laville Bertron (14%; £15.49 Majestic)
Hearty powerful blend, an intense herby red
CORBIERES BOUTENAC 2013 Domaine de Villemajou (14%; £15.99 Majestic)
Very smoky spicy blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah; elegant and rich
TERRASSES DU LARZAC, LES VIGNES OUBLIEES 2012 (14%; £16 Berry Bros)
Highly scented, blackcherry fruited, herby savoury red; firm tannins

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chateau Miraval 2016 (£16.76 thedrinkshop; £19.50 Marks & Spencer)
determinedly up-market bottle: complex flavours and a long finish
Chateau Leoube 2016 (£11.99 until August 8, ocado; £13.95 ndjohn)
from the vineyard owned by Carole Bamford, founder Daylesford Organic
Maison William Chase rosé 2016 (£16.00 williamschase; £15.50 ewwines)
excellent and previously recommended
Chateau Cavalier, Cuvee Cascadel 2016 (£13.00 Marksandspencers)
fresh summer fruits, slightly spicy, very typical Provence
Berne Grande Recolte 2016 (£10.00 Tesco; £10.99 Majestic)
shows that you that Provencal style doesn’t have to come at Riviera prices

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Vitese Nero d’Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy (14%, thedailydrinker, £9)
lush yet controlled, with great nero d’avola trueness
Cantine Nicosia Frappato di Sicilia 2016, Italy (12.5%, Wine Soc from Aug 7, £9.50)
pretty wild strawberry and red cherry fragrance; vivacious, lighter red
Corte Ibla Nero d’Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy (14%, M&S, £12.50)
Thickly and closely textured, almost like a heavy merlot or malbec