27-04-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 27/04/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. Marks & Spencer, £4.99.

Sparky, zesty, greengage-packed spring sauvignon.

2008 Ardèche Gamay, Cave de Saint Désirat Marks & Spencer, £3.99.

plummy, peppery, spicy red; gamay at its juiciest, unoaked best.

2008 Château Ka, Source Blanche, Lebanon Waitrose, down to £7.99

Unusual muscat, sauvignon and semillon-based appley white with pleasing fruit.

2005 Château Ka, Source de Rouge, Lebanon Waitrose, £7.99 until May 17

bold, beefy, chocolatey, atypical cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah mix.

2007 Berry’s Own Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ogier Berry Bros & Rudd £17.55

wonderful ripe, inky, mulberry and prune-stashed fruit with terrific concentration

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Fonte Cupa Montepulciano 2005, £16 (Bat & Bottle)

damsons, darkest chocolate, spices and a hint of mushroomy undergrowth

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007, £3.99 (Sainsbury’s).

raspberry, smoke and spice; a palatable party wine

Pecorino 2007, £8.99 (Marks & Spencer).

citrussy depth of flavour to make it a lively companion at lunch or dinner

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. £4.99, Marks & Spencer

elderfloral and nettley scent and gooseberry and citrus flavours

2006 Gigondas Notre Dame Des Pallières. £9.99, Majestic

so opulent ; powerful black-fruited darkness

2004 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva. £12.99, Sainsbury’s

beautifully balanced mix of ripe red and black fruits and slinky textures.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2007 Dr L Riesling, Mosel (£5, 8.5%, Asda)

balance between youthful stone fruit flavours and tingling acidity.

2007 Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (2 @ £3.99 per half Majestic)

Elegant and refreshing with citrus fruit and a touch of peachy sweetness.

Moscato Freisa Spumante, Tosti (£6.99, 6.5%, Marks & Spencer)

adding a note of wild strawberries to grapey, honeyed base

Mick Morris Liqueur Muscat, Rutherglen (£7.49, 18%, Tesco)

Ultra-sweet, unctuous and tongue-coating

2007 Jurançon Clos Uroulat, Charles Hours (£8.95 per half, H & H Bancroft)

light, citrus crunchy and very fine

2005 Taste the Difference Sauternes, Château Guiraud (£8.99, Sainsbury’s)

Botrytis-derived flavours of apricot and honeycomb, with a dusting of vanilla spice

2007 Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling (£11.49 per half, waitrosewine.com)

lovely fruit flavours and remarkable complexity, elegance and palate length.

2006 Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon, Nugan Estate (£11.99 per half, Morrisons)

Spicy and intense, with notes of honey and tropical fruit.

2005 Darting Estate Scheurebe Beerenauslese, Pfalz (£13.99 half, selected M&S)

Grapefruity and refreshing with flavours of mango and citrus peel.

2005 De Trafford Straw Wine, Stellenbosch (£19.22 per half, Bibendum)

pineapple, vanilla and crème brûlée are all entwined on the palate.

2005 Molino Real Mountain Wine, Malaga (£29 per 50cl, Wine Society)

Rich, yet refreshing with flavours of orange marmalade and citrus zest.

2003 Királyudvar Tokaji Cuvée Ilona (£33 per 50cl, waitrosewine.com)

layer after layer of flavour. As close to sweet perfection as I’ve tasted this year.

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Pike’s White Mullet 2007, Clare Valley (Wine Rack £5.48 until 9 June)

clean, tangy, aromatic wine with a good squeeze of lemon and lime

Villa Flora Lugana 2007, Italy (Waitrose, £5.99 until 12 May)

floral freshness and zing with some richer, nutty depths

Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico 2005, Italy (Sainsbury’s, £15.99)

Medium-bodied, with ripe red-berry fruit and toasted nuts – perfect.

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

La Stoppa Gutturnio Vivace Frizzante 2007 (£10.99, Caves Pyrène)

the feral reek of the wild boar salami

Cono Sur Reserva Chardonnay 2007 (£5.99 until 12 May, Waitrose)

a faceful of hot sunshine while eating a slice of buttered toast

Château Sainte Marguerite Organic Rosé 2008 (£9.99, Majestic)

delicate, red berry-scented; a gentle spring or summer aperitif

Domaine de la Garrigue Vacqueyras 2006 (£9.99, Majestic)

It has fiery warmth, is rich and minerallic

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