25-01-2010 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/01/2010

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Château Laforêt, Beaujolais, France Waitrose, £6.99

Delicious, soft, ripe, gamey, plummy, accommodating

2008 Gran López Rosado, Castillo La Mancha, Spain Waitrose, £4.49

oozing bubblegum-scented fruit. Again vegan and vegetarian-friendly

Kingfisher Premium 4.8 per cent 660ml bottle Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, £1.98

authentic, yeasty, malty, fuller-flavoured lager

Cobra Premium, 5 per cent 4x330ml bottles Tesco £3.64; Sainsbury’s, £3.67

Worth seeking out for its hoppy scent and gentle barley malt flavour

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Pago Real 2006 (£12.99 Marks & Spencer)

good-natured blend of 95% tempranillo and strawberry-flavoured garnacha

Remelluri Reserva 2004 (£18.99 waitrosewine.com)

still young and brooding, but blossoms gloriously a day after opening

Viña Real Gran Reserva 1999 (£19.99 Majestic

beautifully balanced antithesis of new world flavour bombs

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Cambalala Chardonnay Colombard. £3.49, Aldi

typically lively, affordable Western Cape blend; undertones of guava

2007 Villiera Brut Natural, Stellenbosch. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

pure chardonnay, with a biscuity, honey-flecked mousse

2008 Morgenhof Estate Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch. £10.99, Waitrose

exceptional Cape-meets-Vouvray dry white, rich in peachy flavours

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Marks & Spencer Collioure, Cave de l’Abbé Rous (£9.99, 14%, Marks & Spencer)

barrel-fermented, oatmeal and aniseed-like

2007 Préceptoire de Centernach, Coume Marie, Blanc (£10.95, 13.5%, Wine Society)

focused, herbal, minerally

2008 Dom Lafage Cuvée Centenaire, CdRoussillon Blanc (£11.61, 13.5%, Bibendum)

mealy, pear and honeysuckle-scented; made from 100-year-old vines

2008 Coume del Mas Folio Collioure (£17.30, 14%, Clark Foyster Wines)

best of all; rich, fennel, vanilla, hazelnut and honey-like

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Doña Dominga Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère 2008 (£5.99 Oddbins)

very bright, firm, refreshing red with good bite

Casa Silva Carmenère Reserva 2007 (around £8.95, Avery’s)

delicious, more intense, tea and fresh tobacco-scented

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference CdRhône Villages 2007 (£5.99; 14.5% abv)

plump, smooth and ripe, and reminiscent of blueberries and sun

Altano 2007 (£4.79, down from £5.99 until Tuesday, ­Waitrose; 13% abv)

easy Portuguese red from the Douro

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

E Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2006 14% £6.95 each when you buy two (Majestic)

rustic, heady wine to see you through this cold snap.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5 per cent £4.75 (Tesco)

over achieving red from Chile;wonderful spicy character

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2007 14 per cent £18.99 (Waitrose)

crisp, clear purity makes it a wonderful mid-winter treat.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco 10 years old, Islay Mslt (£15.98)

Honeyed aroma and softly smoky tones. Great value, too

Knockando 12 years old, Speyside (Waitrose, £21.99 until 7 March)

A well-balanced, subtle Speyside malt with lighter notes of nut and toffee

Laphroaig 18 years old, Islay (selected Tesco, Sainsbury, laphroaig.com, £64.99)

sweet peat and iodine waft up from the glass and make you glow

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