28th March 2016 – weekly press roundup

Use our weekly press roundup to plan your wine shopping

the Observer – David Williams

From Vineyards Direct St-Julien, Bordeaux 2010 (£19.95, vineyardsdirect.com)
a glorious, and in the context amazing value, example
Château Les Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux 2010 (£39.50, Hennings)
over-performing châteaux slightly lower down the historical pecking order
Château Haut-Courneau, Graves, Bordeaux, France 2013 (£10, Oddbins)
crunchy blackcurrant, graphite, cedar and appetising freshness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc 2012 (12% abv, £14.99 Co-op)
it’s around £20 elsewhere
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (12.5% abv, £7.49 Co-op)
from Marlborough in New Zealand
Zalze Shiraz Grenache Viognier 2104 (14% abv, £5.99 Co-op)
from South Afric; would be great for an early spring barbie

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Pujalet Sec Pays de Gers 2014 (£5.49 Waitrose)
Subtle aromas, very light lemony fruit on palate
Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec 2014 Domaine Berthoumieu (£13.99 Caves Pyrene)
Part-oaked giving a wonderfully full, rich appley complex dry white
Cuvee Marie Jurancon Sec 2013 Charles Hours (£17.95 Swig)
Dry, taut, pure and intense with vivid acidity; deliciously juicy
St Mont Blanc 2014 (£8 Marks & Spencer)
Lovely floral, citric fruits on palate, creamy rounded structure
Les Coquelicots Rose 2014 Domaine St Lannes (£11.49 Rude wines
Light, fruity easy quaffing rose – with candied red fruits
Madiran Terres de Moraines 2012 (£9 Marks & Spencer)
Dark fruits, spicy, peppery, powerful full flavours
Cahors Rouge, Le Gamotin 2012 Clos de Gamot (£12.99 Raeburn Fine Wines)
Damson fruits, black pepper and liquorice undertones; firm grippy tannins
Fronton, Cuvee don Quichotte 2012 Domaine Le Roc (£17.45 Berry Bros)
Deep coloured, violet perfumes, fresh acidity, juicy chunky fruits
Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2014 Domaine du Cros (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Meaty herby red with really juicy fruits and earthy undertones
Marcillac, Cuvee Lairis 2012 Jean Luc Martha (£12.99 Caves de Pyrene)
Jjuicy, feral meaty, so characterful, with almost sanguine undertones
Jurancon La Magendia 2012 Domaine Lapeyre (£12.99 hf bt Caves de Pyrene)
Wild flowers, pineapple and passionfruit with a superb acidity
Cuvee Comte Clement Doux 2012 Chateau de Cabidos (£8.95 50cl Wine Society)
Enchantingly fresh but sweet honeyed dessert wine

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Gris 2014 Alsace (13%, Telegraph Wine, £7.99)
A clear and gentle example of rose-scented pinot gris from Alsace
Mud House Pinot Gris 2014 Nelson, New Zealand (12.5%, Majestic, £8.99)
simple, off-dry pinot gris; like the skins of red apples, and rose water
Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve 2013 Alsace (13.5%, The Wine Society, £12.50)
A beautiful, spicy, smoky pinot gris from one of the masters

the Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2014 Axis Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River. £6.49 Lidl
bold cassis-centred Coonawarra cabernet; smooth and lively
2015 Finest Tapiwey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. £5.50 Tesco
herbal and subtle mineral background, crisp, pink grapefruit acidity