25-06-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/06/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Taste the Difference Beaujolais Villages 2009, France. £6.99 Sainsbury’s
Finest Gruner Veltliner 2011, Austria. £6.99 Tesco
Palataia Pinot Noir 2011, Germany. £8.99, M&S
Legia Mencia Bierzo 2010, Spain. £8.99, Waitrose

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Tesco Simply Côtes du Rhône 2011 France 13.5%, Tesco, £3.79

cheery and unoaked. Think strawberries and sunshine with a hint of dust

Rioja Reserva Viña Eguia 2006 Spain 13.5%, Majestic, £5.99 until July 16

Very neat and tidy rioja, aged in both French and American oak

Viñalba Malbec 2011 Mendoza, Argentina 14.5%, Co-op, £6.79 until July 3

A smooth, juicy unoaked malbec with plenty of oomph and a hint of liquorice

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Pais Marcillac 2011 France 12.5%, Wine Society, £7.95

reminiscent of hawthorn and elderberries; vigorous, sappy

TTD Douro 2009/10 Portugal 14%, Sainsbury’s, £8.99

Feisty, thick, with a rustic quality, hints of darkness and a fresh finish

Novaia Valpolicella Classico 2010 Italy 12.5%, Berry Bros & Rudd, £10.95

Thirst-quenching, light-bodied; smells like peonies and tastes of sour cherries

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Domaine de la Croix de Chaintres, Saumur-Champigny. £8.79 until Tuesday, Waitrose

herbal character to the red-berry fruit and a whiff of green pepper

2011 Tesco Finest* Tingleup Riesling. Tesco, £9.99

lime-like aromas are complemented by a zesty fruit quality

2008 Vincent Girardin Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Perrières. £25, Laithwaites

superbly crafted, full-flavoured dry white Burgundy in meursault style

the Observer – David Williams

Viñalba Malbec, Argentina 2011 (£5.49 on offer until 3 July, Co-Operative)

youthful, supple and succulent red, with plenty of deep, dark, plummy fruit

Tesco Finest Boranup Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2011 (£9.99, Tesco)

blackcurrant leaf and tropical fruit flavours; pin-sharp

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico, Italy 2010 (£17.25, aduv.co.uk; oxfordwine)

amazing depth of svelte black-cherry flavour and a spicy finish

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado (20% abv) £10.90 Tanners

fine, nutty, style somewhere between a dry amontillado and an oloroso

Spirit Of Broadside (£32.99; 43% abv Adnams)

interesting beer-flavoured eau de vie

Icelandic Reyka Vodka (£25 in 181 Waitrose branches; 40% abv)

pure, smooth and clean, with a sweet, grainy flavour

Rustenberg Merlot Shiraz Cabernet 2011 (£9.99 in 85 Tesco Extra)

smooth, bordeaux-like

Zalze SGV Shiraz Grenache Viognier (£7.49 larger Co-op branches; 14% abv)

robust, Rhône-ish; just made for a Father’s Day barbie

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé, New Zealand, 13%. £9.99, Tesco

dry minty and fresh strawberry flavours; mellower touches of apricot

2011 Côte Roannaise, Vieilles Vignes Domaine Sérol, 12%. £7.95, The Wine Society

vibrant raspberry and cherry flavours and a lingering fruity finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Louis Jadot Mâcon-Aze 2011, Burgundy, France (Waitrose, £10.49)

complex but subtle layers of creamy oranges, buttered toast and hazelnuts

La Couronne des Plantagenets Vouvray Demi-Sec 2010, France (Sainsbury’s, £6.49)

Medium-sweet; flavour of baked, caster-sprinkled apples; succulent finish

Chase English Potato Vodka, Herefordshire (J Lewis, H Nichols, Wait, Self, £32.95)

Vanilla, butter and white pepper all mingle in the aroma and flavour

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