29th June 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Jules Billaud Chablis, France 2013 (£16.99, Oddbins)

delightful pure, unoaked example

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Chablis, France 2011 (£13.99)

racy but tangy and slightly nutty Tesco Premier Cru

Isabelle et Denis Pommier Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 (£33.50, Berry Bros)

rippling richness of stone fruit; electric acidity and minerals

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Court Garden, Sparkling Wine 2010 (£24.95 South Down Cellars, Butlers)

elegant, creamy, 100% chardonnay Blanc de Blancs

Court Garden Ditchling Reserve (£29.95, same stockists)

rich; a weighty blanc de noirs

Bluebell Hindleap Blanc de Blancs 2010 (£23.99 from winery; 12% abv)

rich, toasty; one to drink with grilled lobster

Hambledon Classic Cuvee NV (£28.50 Fareham Wine Cellar, Berry Bros)

the perfect drop for pre-dinner nibbles such as cheese straws

Langham Estate Rose (£23, Marks & Spencer 18 branches)

elegant, strawberry-scented

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

FIANO DI AVELLINO 2014 Feudi di San Gregorio (£17.5, Luvians)

Light honey aromas, quince notes, pear flavours, nutty undertones

FIANO DI AVELLINO 2013 Vesevo (£13.99, Exel; Harrisons; WoodWinters)

Fresher lighter in style with more citric notes

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE Greco Di Tufo 2012 (£10, Sainsburys)

rich herby notes and an interesting hazelnutty flavour

GRECO DI TUFO 2013 AA Vadiaperti (£14.95, Caves de Pyrene; L’Art du Vin)

delicious hazelnut, almond and apple blossom flavour

GRECO SANNIO JANARE 2014 (£7.50, The Wine Society)

A rich greco with a hint of sweetness, but fresh mid-palate

FALANGHINA TERREDORA 2014 (£8.99, Majestic Wine)

Much fresher more vibrant and drier than many falanghina

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 Viognier ‘Primavera’, Pierre Jean Villa £18, Flint Wines

brilliantly poised, heady viognier; nuances such as fresh fennel

2013 Crozes Hermitage ‘Champ Morel’, Martine Vandre £15.95, Vine Trail

ripe melon, peach and a hint of the Tropics; refreshing and balanced

2013 St Joseph ‘Mairlant’, Francois Villard £27.99, Waitrose

opulent and powerful with flavours of poached quince, honey, apricots and spice

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2012. £17.99 nzhouseofwine; £20 Majestic

A gorgeous, sumptuous Pinot; complex and weighty; black cherry and spice

Sauvignon Gris Rose Griset IGP Pays d’Oc 2014. £7.50, henningswine.co.uk

The palest pink, it has vibrant citrus and grapefruit flavours

Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014. £6.99, Aldi

petrol, green apple and citric flavours, refreshingly clean and mineral

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Tesco Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 2014 France (11%; Tesco, £4.69)

reminiscent of a juicy, ice-cold pear, peach and melon cooler

Quinta de Azevedo 2014 Vinho Verde Portugal (Waitrose, £5.99; Majestic, £6.66)

Spritzy and light; Not bone dry, but almost dry

Chateau Beaumont Les Pierrieres Blanc 2013 France (13%; Lea & Sandeman £8.95)

tastes like a miniature fine wine at an ordinary wine price

Taste the Difference Gavi 2014 Italy (11.5%; Sainsburys, £6 until June 30)

Vivid, sharp citrus- like the juice and rinds of pink and white grapefruits

Domaine Raffault Chinon Blanc 2014 France (12.5%; Yapp, £13.50)

Lithe and elegant; I can’t get enough of its luminous acidity

Taste the Difference Barbera d’Asti 2013 Italy (13.5%; Sainsbury, £6 until June 30)

Juicy but also taut, with a compact, silky texture

Domaine Les Yeuses Merlot 2013 Languedoc-Roussillon (13%; Lea & Sandeman £7.95)

a juicy generosity, but also a refreshing leafiness

Domaine Jones Mlle Jones Fitou 2013 France (14.5%; Majestic, £13.99)

scented, craggy, generous, hawthorn, sloes and olive leaves

Domaine Druet ‘Cent Boisselees’ 2009 Bourgueil France (12.5%; Yapp, £14.25)

ampler than some Loire reds; delicious, shiitake-savoury edge

Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 Italy (13.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £16.50)

fragrance of dried rose petals and sandalwood

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo. £7.87, Majestic

spicy aromas lead into a peppery, cherry fruitiness

2013 Masson-Blondelet Pouilly Fumé. £11.99 on offer Waitrose

herby ripeness; fine mineral aftertaste

2013 Malagousia, Domaine Ktima Gerovassiliou, Epanomi. £16.99, Wine Rack

opulent tropical fruit rounded by subtle oak; zesty acidity