26-01-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 26/01/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

Waitrose Brut Champagne, P & C Heidsieck, France, Waitrose, £13.59.

Buy this elegant, light, nutty, lemony, bubbly before price reverts to £16.99 on Wed.

2007 Beaujolais, Cave des Vignerons de Bully, Waitrose, £3.99 until Jan 27

A fruity red from 40-year- old vines – and one of the region’s best co-operatives.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Tapiwey Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, Tesco, £3.99 until Feb 3

gentle, floral, verdant sauvignon delivering zesty, greengage and flowering currant

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère, Kulapelli Vineyard, Tesco, £3.99 until Feb 3

rich, velvety, curranty, inky red at a seductive, rock-bottom price.

2004 Château du Glana, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France, Adnams, £17.99

ripe, heavy, herby spice; needs time in the cellar; Drink 2009-14

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, £15.99-£16.04 (Sainsbury’s, Tesco)

Polish vodka with an aromatic herbal note

Snow Leopard Vodka, £27 (selected branches of Waitrose)

Trendy Polish vodka made from spelt. Expensive, but 15% of profit to charities

Wyborowa Vodka, £14.99-£15.99 (Oddbins and supermarkets).

Crisp with a hint of sweetness and spice. Ever-reliable Polish rye vodka

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Cono Sur Tesco Chilean Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, £4.69

refreshing and aromatic; classic gooseberryish fruit of the grape

2006 Zefyro, Alentejo. £8.99, Booths

plenty of mulberry and damson jam fruitiness and juicy tannins

2004 Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial. £18.99, Waitrose

smoky vanillan aromas and a rich, chocolate-tinged palate of dark cherry

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2008 La Moras Bonarda, San Juan (£4.99, 13.3%, The Co-op)

juicy, brambly, unoaked red with a twist of the pepper grinder

2006 Nero d’Avola, La Ferla, Sicily (£5.49, 13%, Booths; everywine.co.uk)

smooth, plummy flavours, a touch of sweetness and crisp acidity

2007 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere, Rapel Valley (£6.93, 14%, Asda)

rich, smoky, blackberry and green-pepper-like red

004 Monasterio de Santa Ana Jumilla Crianza (£7.03, 13.5%, selected Tesco)

rich, savoury Spanish red with plenty of gutsy tannins

Taste the Difference, 12-Year-Old Oloroso (£6.99 per 50cl, 20%, Sainsbury’s)

dry, multi-dimensional sherry is mature and intense

2007 Alamos Torrontés, Salta (£7.13, 13%, Bibendum, 020 7449 4120)

intense, floral and fresh grape perfume, pithy acidity

2005 Kangarilla Road Shiraz, McLaren Vale (2 @ £9.99, 14.5%, Majestic)

smoky, bramble and blackberry fruit and a dusting of vanilla spice

2005 Domaine Puech Chaud Blanc, Coteaux du Languedoc (£12.65, Berry Brothers)

very Mediterranean blend of Vermentino, Viognier and Chenin Blanc

2005 Rustenberg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch (£10.95, Wine Soc; 2006 in Waitrose)

super-ripe Bordeaux blend; a turbo-charged red

2007 Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£13.99, 14%, Waitrose)

Cheap by the pricey standards of a lot of Châteauneufs; perfumed and full-bodied

2005 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma (£24.95, stockists from 020 7720 5350)

American oak is nicely done, wrapped around a core of sweet raspberry fruit.

1994 Vintage Port, Quinta & Vineyard Bottlers (£26.99, 20%, Marks & Spencer)

mature, spicy and figgy. A classic winter red to warm your heart and soul.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Mezzomondo Negroamaro 2007, Salento. (Waitrose, £4.99 until 16 Feb)

raspberry-soused, satisfyingly rich red with good concentration

Tresa Nivuro 2006, Nero D’avola/Cabernet Sauvignon, Sicily (Oddbins, £8.99)

big blackcurrant flavour with wild herby, peppery edges

Aglianico del Vulture 2005, D’angelo, Sicily (Majestic, 2 @ £9.99 until 2 Feb)

note of sour cherry-drop as well as great depth of spicy, ripe blackberry fruit

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Merlot Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne 2007 (£3.99, Sainsbury’s)

sings with the scent of currant leaves and deserves a stout tumbler

Terra Vecchia Merlot-Nielluccio 2007, Corsica (£5.19, Somerfield)

soft and easy, but has a tinge of earthiness

La Sabrosita Old Vines Garnacha 2007, Spain (£4.39 on offer Marks & Spencer)

lovely, spreading perfume and a tiny seasoning of oak

Pilgrimage Mazuelo 2007, Spain (£6.98, Asda;)

I’d drink with slow-roast lamb and date couscous.

Ardbeg Ten-Year-Old Single Malt (£27.97, Tesco; £31.99, Oddbins)

immaculate balance; like kippers fresh from the smokery

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