29th February 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Serabel Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2013 (£7.59, Waitrose)
typically fulsome, spicy, great value red
Domaine Saint-Gayan Ilex Rasteau, France 2012 (£11.95, Yapp Bros)
magnificently dark, brooding, swarthy red
Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret 2012 (£11.69, Rannoch Scott; N Young; Solent Cellar)
full of that mix of sweetly juicy bramble fruit, pepper and warming spice

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Craven Clairette Blanche 2014 (£17.99 Handford, £18 Roberson; 11.1% abv)
B Vintners Muscat De Alexandria 2014 (£16.99 Handford, Harrogate Wine; 11.5% abv)
headily perfumed, dry
De Morgenzon Maestro 2012 (2014 Lea & Sandeman, Halifax Wine £14.95)
an opulent blend of chenin blanc, chardonnay, roussanne and viognier
Alheit Cartology 2014 (£26.46 Lay & Wheeler, £27 Harper Wells)
scintillating; chenin blanc and semillon; one of South Africa’s best
Springfield Estate Miss Lucy 2014 (£12.95 Slurp, Hawkshead Wines)
gorgeous blend of sauvignon, semillon and pinot gris

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Haut Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Loire, France (Majestic, £8.99)
A pure, clean lemon shot of a wine, with a hint of pink grapefruit
Hawkland Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand (Sainsbury’s, £8)
Exuberantly fruity; juicy, dry grapefruit, gooseberry and light pineapple
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin 2015, Marlborough (Telegraph Wine, £9.50)
bursting with tangy, scented gooseberry and tangerine
Wine Atlas Touraine Sauvignon 2014, Loire, France (Asda, £5.97)
More delicate than some, with elegant, restrained lemony tones
Truly Irresistible Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Chile (The Co-op, £6.99)
Ripe lime and gooseberry, cut through by youthful, edgy acidity

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES 2014 Domaine Dampt (£13.04 Laithwaites)
white flowers, creamy, rounded, hints of elderflower and a good minerality
CHABLIS LES GRANDS TERROIRS 2014 Samuel Billaud (£12.95 The Wine Society)
Briskly dry, taut with a thrilling tightrope balance
CHABLIS 2014 Cave des Vignerons de Chablis (£11.99 Waitrose)
Subtle minerality, just a little dilute in terms of aroma, depth and flavour
CHABLIS 2014 Jules Billaud (£16.75 Oddbins)
Another very true Chablis with minerality, a rich leesy well-rounded palate
CHABLIS 2013 Domaine de Chaude Ecuelle (£15.99 Raeburn Fine Wines)
softer Chablis with soft acid, honeyed undertones and rounded texture
DEFINITION CHABLIS 2014 Louis Moreau (£11.99 Majestic Scotland; £13.99 England)
Floral, vibrant with citric fruits: an attractive steely Chablis
CHABLIS LE BAS DE CHAPELOT 2013 Domaine Vocoret (£18.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Soft rich fleshy, without any taut minerality
Open style with rich white peach and citric fruits; still a bit youthful
CHABLIS 1er CRU FOURCHAUME 2013 Domaine de Chantemerle (£18.99 Raeburn)
Rounded rich lemony styles with tropical fruit notes and good ageing potential
CHABLIS 1er CRU FOURCHAUME 2014 Boudin (£14.99 Majestic Scotland; £16.99 England)
A little tighter than the 2013, but still a very attractive example
CHABLIS 1er CRU FOURCHAUME VIEILLES VIGNES 2012 Le Domaine d’Henri (£33 Berry Bros)
Well-balanced acidity and citric fruit; vivid, vibrant, steely

the Independent – Will Hawkes

Buxton Red Raspberry Rye Ale (£3.50, 4.9%, eebria.com)
Spice, acidity and a delicate body make this wonderfully easy to drink
Sip Elgood’s Coolship Fruit Ale (£4.40 for 330ml, 5%, beermerchants.com)
tart, hedgerow-inclined wild ale; blackberries and raspberries.
Harviestoun Raspy Engine Ale (£25 for 12, 5.3%, harviestoun.com)
raspberries provide a beautiful counterpoint to the beer’s roasted coffee base

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Charles Back Stonedance Roussanne 2014. £10, Marks & Spencer
A really top-drawer, creamy, rich, spicy, dinner-party quality Roussanne
Taste the Difference Pinotage 2014. £8, Sainsbury’s
distinctive smoky vegetal, coffee and red fruit flavours
Truly Irresistible Fairtrade Malbec 2013. £6.99 until 13 March, Co-op
Rich, succulent, bursting with fresh black fruits