25-08-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 25/08/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 La Baume Winemaker’s Selection Viognier, Waitrose, £4.49 until Aug 26

without the bitter flavours that this modish white grape suffers from in the heat

2007 La Baume Winemaker’s Selection Merlot, Waitrose, £4.49 until Aug 26.

ripe, plummy merlot hitting the spot.

2004 Cliff Edge Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran, Australia, Majestic 2 @ £8.99 each

rich, velvety, black pepper, cherry and berry fruit

2007 Pauletts Polish Hill River, Clare Valley Riesling, Majestic 2 @ £7.49 each.

lively, fat, spicy, sparky lime zest-spiked riesling

2007 Auzells, El Vilosell, Tomàs Cusiné, Spain, Wine Society £10.95.

heaped high with complex, ripe, juicy, yellow plum and lemon zest fruit

2006 Seresin Leah Pinot Noir, Marlborough, Wine Society, £14.95.

aged in French barriques, the result is a spectacular, smoky, gamey red

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2004 Gouguenheim Shiraz, £6.99 (Adnams)

Powerful yet beautifully pure and vibrant Argentine shiraz

2004 Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, £5.99 Oddbins

Dense, smoky, liquoricey Spaniard, with sweet berry fruit

2005 Red Leg Shiraz & Aragones, £5.99 Morrisons

Modern but authentic Portuguese red, with juicy fruit and a gamey, meaty character

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Les Jamelles Viognier, Vin de Pays d’Oc. £5.49 Co-op stores

floral, southern French viognier shows ripe-pear fruitiness

2005 Cordier Bordeaux Grand Vin Prestige. £7.49, to 11 Sept, Morrisons

mocha oak undertones balance the savoury acidity

Ayala Brut Champagne £24.99, buy 6 = £18.74, to 31 Aug, Marks & Spencer

stylish, toasty, bruised-apple fizz from the excellent Ayala

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ensor Sauvignon Blanc (£12.99, 14%, Budgens)

distinguished citrus flavours and a touch of spritz

2006 Fiano di Avellino, Terredora, Campania (£14.45, 13%, Jeroboams

taut, perfumed, almost Sauvignon Blanc-like number from Campania

2006 Saintsbury Chardonnay, Carneros (2 @ £12.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

toasty, elegant, citrus fresh example; more restrained Burgundian style.

2006 Chablis Premier Cru Quintessence, Jean-Marc Brocard (£15.99, 13%, Tesco)

lots of honeyed concentration, taut acidity and a finish that lasts

2006 Irouléguy Blanc, Hegoxuri, Domaine Arretxea (£17.65, 13.5%, Caves Pyrène)

rich, characterful, almost exotic wine.

2005 Montlouis Le Volagré, Domaine Stéphane Cossais (£24, 13.5%, Caves Pyrene)

profound, almost magical wine with intense, minerally flavours.

2007 Cigalus Blanc, Vin de Pays d’Oc. (£26.99, 13.5%, Oddbins)

herbal, complex, sensitively oaked blend is a stunner.

2006 Condrieu Les Terrasses du Palate, François Villard. (£30, 14%, Waitrose Direct)

quintessence of fine Viognier, with notes of sandalwood, freesias and white peach

2003 Champagne Vieille Vigne de Cramant, Larmandier-Bernier (£34.25, Vine Trail)

tremendous elegance and balance. This old wine is bracingly dry.

1998 Alfred Gratien Millésime Champagne (£34.95, 12%, Berry Brothers)

rich, traditional, dry style with layer upon layer of flavours

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2007 Viajero Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, 13% vol, Chile (£3.99; Lidl)

surprisingly refreshing, with decent fruit and a savoury, bitter cherry finish

2006/7 Fetzer Valley Oaks Syrah Rosé, California (widely available £6.99)

crammed with peppery strawberry/blackberry fruit

2007 CVNE Rioja Rosado, 14%vol, Spain (£5.49 x 2 Majestic)

fresh, fruity, flavoursome and surprisingly high in alcohol

2007 Foncaussade Les Parcelles Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£5.69; Waitrose)

awash with ripe red and dark berries. Although sweet-edged, it has a good dry finish

Pinot Rosa Frizzante Di Paolo (Sacchetto), Italy (£6.99; The Real Wine Co)

delicate, beguiling pale pink, it almost doesn’t count as a rosé

2007 Rousseau Frères Touraine Noble Joué Rosé, 13.5% vol, France (£7.99 Telegraph Wine)

fragrant aromas on the nose and luscious juicy fruit on the palate

2007 Château de Sours Rosé, 13% vol, France (£94.80 per dozen, Private Cellar)

silky smooth, red berry fruit blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon

Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé, 12.5% vol, France (£11.99; Oddbins)

vibrantly fresh and invigorating; sophisticated alternative to the more famous fizz of northern France

2006 Château Simone Rosé, 12.5%vol, France (£22.75; Yapp Bros)

Fuller-bodied that most rosés, it has spicy cherry fruit and a firm, dry finish

Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV (from £34.99; Maj, Odd, Sain, Tesco, Threh, F&M)

both creamy and zesty, with hints of wild strawberries

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Pinot Blanc Barriques, Ostertag 2005, Alsace, £12.25, Berry Bros

reminiscent of white peach, just-baked pear tarts and mandarins

Collioure Cornet & Cie Blanc 2006, £9.99, M&S

full-flavoured, cumulonimbus textured, oaked blend.

Taste The Difference Gewürztraminer 2006, France, £6.99, Sainsbury

floral, rosewater scent and spiciness; doesn’t make agreeable drinking without food

Tesco Finest Albariño 2007, Rias Baixas, £6.49, Tesco

river rock and apricot flavours are extremely mild

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