28-09-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 28/09/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2008 Taste the Difference Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie, Sainsbury’s £5

Delicious sparky, lemon zest and citrus-spiked muscadet

2006 Reserve Saint-Clair Puisseguin Saint-émilion. Tesco, £6.99

fine, fat, smoky, coffee bean-scented right-bank claret

2007 Taste the Difference Malbec, Argentina. Sainsbury’s, £5

Seductive, sweet, spicy, black fruits-laden

Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambre, Vignerons Catalans, Tesco, £3.99

surprisingly delicate, ridiculously cheap amber oak version

2008 Mâcon, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, France. Berry Bros £13.50

Delicious now, but give this one a few years’ and it will fatten up nicely

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut 2003, £29.99 (Majestic).

From the heat-wave year, it’s rich, creamy and lightly oaked

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, £75.37 wine-studio.co.uk)

This year’s champion champagne in the International Wine Challenge

Waitrose Brut Special Reserve 2002, £26.99

A touch of wild strawberries from an excellent vintage.

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Sam’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough. £4.99 on offer Waitrose

refreshing and approachable Kiwi sauvignon blanc at an affordable price

2008 Knappstein Ackland Riesling, Clare Valley. £6.99 M&S, until 27 September

mouthwateringly zesty Aussie riesling; should not be missed.

2004 Jacobs Creek St Hugo Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon. £24.99, Sainsbury’s

aromatic notes of mint and cedar and elegantly smooth tannins.

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay (£18.90 Tanners)

gets my vote as the New World’s best Chardonnay

2001 Adnams Cellar Selection Fronsac (£17.99, Adnams)

sweetly oaked, Merlot-dominated

2006 Passopisciaro, Sicily (£26.79, Corney and Barrow)

aromatic, red Burgundy-like; made from Nerello Mascalese

2008 Menetou-Salon, Domaine Teiller (£11.95, Yapp)

taut, minerally

2007 Crozes-Hermitage Les Galets, Domaine Haut-Chassis (£15.95, Berry Bros)

as good as many a Hermitage at three times the price

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

The Society’s Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£5.95, The Wine Society)

made by Viña Leyda, smells cleanly and exuberantly of snow peas

De Martino Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Limari (£11.50, Wine Society)

barrel-fermented; graceful elegance and calm sophistication

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2007 (on clearance £5, Wine Rack)

smells like a rose garden in full bloom

Terra Andina Altos Carmenère Carignan 2007 (£9.99, Oddbins)

unfiltered and shows how well carmenère responds to blending

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Gran Barquero Pedro Ximenez 50cl – £7.99, Waitrose.

This looks and tastes like treacle – utterly delicious.

Essencia Orange Muscat 2007 37.5cl – £9.99, Majestic.

For me there is no better partner to a bitter chocolate pudding.

Tesco Finest* Sauternes 2005 37.5cl – £11.99.

This is a fantastic partner for blue cheeses.

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora 2008 37.5cl – £6.53, Tesco.

particularly heightens desserts with a citrus component.

Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambré 37.5cl – £5.99 until 6 October, Tesco..

Intense aromas of crystallised fruit, cinnamon and gingerbread.

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2008 Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (3 @ £6.66 Wine Rack).

tingling, mineral acidity with plenty of luscious gooseberry and passion fruit

2006 Bonny Doon Sangiovese, California (£11.99 Marks & Spencer).

Rich, ripe, complex and earthy, with plums, strawberries and sour cherries

2008 Esterházy Pinot Noir, 13.5%vol, Austria (£10.70; Tanners).

Soft, smooth and supple with gentle ripe fruit

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