27-10-2014 – weekly press roundup

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Montes Outer Limits Apalta CGM 2010. ~£19.99, thewinereserve; kwmwine

Bursting with flavours of poached plums, blueberries and dried figs

Neetlingshof Estate Pinotage 2012. £9.99, winerack

medium-bodied, juicy and blackberry-flavoured: appealing

Pierre Bonnet Crémant de Loire Brut. £6.79, Aldi

bone-dry, elegantly and fragrantly ethereal

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Château Labadie 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Medoc (Wine Society, £11.50)

juicy, concentrated fruit, plum and blackcurrant

Château Le Vieux Fort 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Medoc (Waitrose, £13.49)

impressive, almost meaty, savoury edge to this, and a strong heart

Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc (Berry Bros, £16.50)

rich, ripe with luscious cherries and cassis

the Observer – David Williams

Aemilia Shiraz/Vranec/Petit Verdot, Macedonia 2013 (£8.99, Waitrose)

vividly spicy red based on the local vranec; £6.99 until 28 October

Cornelia White, Swartland, South Africa 2014 (£10, Marks & Spencer)

apple-tangy, creamy, chewy textured Chenin-based white blend

Simonnet-Febvre Irancy Rouge, Burgundy, France 2012 (£14.99, Marks & Spencer)

delicate, raspberry-scented pinot noir of Irancy Rouge

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2012 Sylvaner, Leon Beyer, Alsace £8.50, The Wine Society

reticent on the nose but full of pear, texture and savoury nuance

2012 Sylvaner Schieferkopf, Chapoutier, Alsace £9.84, The Drink Shop

layered and aromatic with blasts of citrus and mint

2013 Silvaner Muschelkalk, Bickel Stumpf, Franken, Germany £14.99, Laithwaites

honeysuckle, cream and tropical fruit are cut by a salty freshness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Cave de Tain, Crozes-Hermitage 2011 (12.5% abv, Sainsbury’s £10)

warm, spicy; quality-conscious co-op

Saint-Joseph Le Grand Pompée 2011 (Wine Society £8.95 per 37.5cl; 13% abv)

fresh, peppery; from Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Saint-Joseph Silice 2011 (£17, The Wine Society)

good value; seductive, peony character

Domaine Coursodon Saint-Joseph Le Paradis de Saint Pierre 2006 (£24; Wine Society)

more deeply savoury, leathery character; tastes more like a Hermitage

Christine Vernay Saint-Joseph Terres d’Encre 2012 (£26.50 Yapp; £24 by the case BBR)

excitingly racy, smoky; from the north of the appellation

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Curator’s Choice White. £7.99, The Co-operative

unoaked blend of chenin blanc, chardonnay and semillon

2011 Cuvee d’Automne, St Joseph. £14.99, Tesco

syrah with nice elegance and a welcoming freshness

2012 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay. £28.95-£40, slurp, australianwinesonline, freerunjuice

superbly crafted dry white combines the rich, the delicately and the toasty


the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Esprit De Labastide Blanc Sec ‘Perle’ 2013. £5.95

an enchanting, spritzy wine

Domus Cotes De Gascogne 2013. £8.95;

very pleasant green fruits, peachy flavours; lively natural acidity

Chateau Montus Blanc 2010. £20

blends petit manseng with petit courbu to make a vibrant citric white

Chateau Bellevue La Foret Royale Rosé 2013. £8.95

enchanting, pretty, fruity ros&eacute

St Mont l’Empreinte 2010. £11.50

extremely well made wine from one of France’s best co-operatives

Madriran 2010 Domaine du Lourou. £11.99

Very minerally, savoury, rather unusual with plenty of grip

Malbec Gouleyant 2012 Georges Vigouroux. £9.99

beautifully polished and slick malbec

Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2012 Chateau d’Aydie. £10.50

honey and passionfruit with beautiful orange blossom note