26-05-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 26/05/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2005 Château Campillot, Médoc, France, Berry Bros & Rudd, £12.50

plump, complex, chocolate and herb-charged claret

2005 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac, Berry Bros, £27.95

delivers distinguished and utterly seductive, fat, velvety, red fruit

2007 Pinot Bianco delle Venezie, Italy, Sainsbury’s, £4.49

fresh, crisp, grassy, green apple-charged fruit and a fine, juicy finish

2007 Syrah-Viognier, Réserve Saint Marc, France, Sainsbury’s, £4.99

heaves with lively, ripe, spicy, dusky fruit

Brut Champagne, P&C Heidsieck, Waitrose, £11.99 until June 3

delicious, ripe, floral, nutty, biscuity champagne

2005 Château Maris, Les Vieilles Vignes, Minervois, Waitrose, £6.99 until June 3

lots of ripe, herby fruit; we all need barbecue-suitable reds like this

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

Bollinger Rosé Pink, £48.50 – £65.99 Berry Bros; Tanners; Harrods, F&Mason, Selfridges

packed with strawberries, lily of the valley and toasted wheat

Balfour Brut Rosé 2005, £33- £33.99 Whole Foods; Bibendum

Made in Kent, modelled on champagne — top-class English fizz

2006 Sancerre Rosé, Fournier, £9.19 selected Tesco

Fresh and elegant; rose-scented with a hint of spice

2007 Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Rosé, £6.99 for two Majestic

Perfumed and lively, with vivid summer-red-berry flavours

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Tesco Chilean Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon. £4.69

lightly minty cabernet sauvignon with its soft, opulent fruit

2007 Wither Hills Pinot Gris Marlborough, New Zealand. £9.99, Waitrose

refreshingly juicy, apple and pear-flavoured dry white.

2005 Cuvée Occitane Rouge, Domaine Gayda. £10.99, Bona Wines

displays a berry fruitiness and a sleek veneer of spicy oak.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Argentinian Malbec, Kaiken (£6.99, 15%) Sainsbury’s

rich, plummy, sweetly oaked – in store next month

2005 Barossa Shiraz, St Hallett (£7.99, 14.5%) Sainsbury’s

ripe, spicy, vanilla-scented

2007 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine, Jean Douillard (£4.99, 12%) Sains

crisp, mealy, concentrated

2006 Alsace Gewürztraminer (£6.99, 13%) Sainsbury’s

floral, creamy, lychee-spicy

2007 Pouilly-Fumé, André Figeat (£9.99, 13%) Sainsbury’s

taut, nettly

2006 Côtes du Rhône Villages, Chapoutier (£5.99, 14%) Sains

heady, peppery

2006 Chianti Classico, Cecchi (£7.99, 13%) Sainsbury’s

cherryish, lively

2006 Amarone, Cantina Valpaneta (£12.99, 14.5%) Sainsbury’s

sumptuous, fruitcakey, full-bodied

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV 13%vol, NZ (£13.99, until June 3; Waitrose)

both appley and toasty on the palate and is one of my absolute favourites

Château Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Rosé 13%vol, France (2 @ £5.49 Majestic).

full of fresh, thirst-quenching strawberry fruit backed by a long dry finish

2007 Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 13.5%vol, SAf (£8.99; Sains, Tesco, Wait, WhleFds, Swig)

crisp, clean, grassy and refreshing

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

La Grille Pinot Noir 2005/06, St Pourcain, France. 2 @ £4.99 Majestic

light and sappy but firm – don’t keep it too long

Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Senteurs 2006, France. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

Steady and good, with judicious use of oak and a pleasing, savoury character

Les Amis Vignerons d’Anne-Claude L. Pinot Noir Côte de Beaune 2005. 6 for £92 Armit

gentle layers, with soft, sweetly ripe pinot fruit and a hint of minerals

Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005, NZ. £22, Harrods, J Nicholson

Dense, structured, well-balanced and majestic

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