2nd November 2015 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Cantina Tollo Gufo Rosso Terre di Chieti, Italy 2014 (£6.50, Oddbins)

the tartness of cherries and the juiciness of ripe plums

Altavia Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore, Liguria, Italy 2010 (£19.99, Red Squirrel)

delicate in colour, brisk in feel, and haunting in herb-inflected red-cherry flavour

Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso 2014 (£10.75, 37.5cl, Oddbins)

a mellow, dried-fruit quality and the unctuous smoothness and sweetness of honey

The Guardian – Kate Hawkings

Weston’s Old Rosie Cider (£5 for 2-litres, Morrisons; £57 for 20-litres, Tesco)

I veer towards a dry farmyard scrumpy; this is a good alternative

Addlestones Cloudy Cider (500ml around £2 Wait, Sains, Asda, Ocado)

gentler strength; safer to drink before you light the blue touch-paper

Stone’s Ginger Wine (widely available, around £6.50 for 70cl; 13.5% abv)

it’s hard to go wrong with a whisky mac

Aldi’s Highland Black Eight-Year-Old (£12.99; 40% abv)

wallet-friendly whisky; punches well above its weight

Patron XO Cafe (£20 for 70cl, Tesco, Waitrose; independents)

wonderfully luscious, tequila-based coffee liqueur

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Chateau Beauvillage Medoc 2009. £12.95, perfectcellar

velvety, blackcurrant flavours, a hint of spice and elegant tannins

Beronia Verdejo Rueda 2014. £8.99, Ocado

vibrant apple and stone-fruit flavours and an underlying herbal complexity

Chemins de Gascogne 2014. £5, Tesco

a little creaminess to…sparky citrus and grapefruit

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Coates & Seely Rosé Brut NV Hampshire (12%, Lea & Sandeman, £29.95)

the faintest taste of wild strawberries and cold earth

Hambledon Premiere Cuvée NV Hampshire (12%, Berry Bros & Rudd, £42)

a very assured wine, with a firm acidic spine, but also complexity and detail

Nyetimber Rosé 2009 West Sussex (12%,Waitrose Cellar, £45)

a tinge of wild raspberries and a reassuring, savoury flavour

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2012 Cornwall (12.5%, Waitrose, £28.99)

Easy. Joyful. Pretty. Carefree; a nosegay of wild strawberries and violets

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 England (12%; Waitrose, £31.99)

smooth, creamy taste and a “hello, it must be the evening” glow to it

Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2010 West Sussex (12%, Corney & Barrow, £32.95)

a showcase for reverberating, brain-rinsing acidity

Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2010 Kent (12%, Oddbins, £30)

Leads with chardonnay, which gives sparkling wine a creamy, broad appeal

Gusbourne Estate Blanc de Blancs 2009 Kent (12%, Berry Bros & Rudd, £34.95)

beautiful wine with mellow depth and a creamy, toasty taste

Hambledon Classic Cuvée NV Hampshire (12%, Berry Bros & Rudd)

The more affordable version of Hambledon is still focused and piercing

Henners Brut 2010 East Sussex (12%, Winetrust100.co.uk, £28; Virgin, £29.99)

A tight, toasty blanc de noirs from a small producer

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Orchard Pig Charmer Medium Sparkling Cider, Somerset (Waitrose, £1.99)

Smooth, mellow and juicy, with a hint of sweetness

Devon Farmhouse Medium Dry Cider, Sandford Orchards (Marks & Spencer, £2.29)

Lighter and crisp with buckets of natural apple freshness

Taste the Difference Calvados Pays d’Auge XO 12 Years Old (Sainsbury’s, £20)

Great in or out of the hot pot

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown


freshness, delicacy, touch of minerality and good dry finish

DEFINITION PINOT GRIGIO 2014 Giovanni Puiatti (£7.49 Majestic)

sweet and ripe, palate has a lemony flavour; slightly bitter finish

DEFINITION SANCERRE 2014 Jean Max Roger (£13.49 Majestic)

Zingy and limey, but lacks the grassy aromas, flinty flavours

DEFINITION CHARDONNAY 2014 Domaine Paul Mas (£9.74 Majestic)

Delicious example of a rich creamy Limoux Chardonnay

DEFINITION CHABLIS 2014 Louis Moreau (£11.99 Majestic)

Floral, citric, vibrant example of Chablis

DEFINITION PROVENCE ROSÉ 2014 Chateau Minuty (£9.74 Majestic)

light red fruit aromas, dry sleek

DEFINITION PINOT NOIR 2014 St Clair (£11.99 Majestic)

lots of rich dark cherry fruits, soft juicy zingy and zesty

DEFINITION ‘CLARET’ 2010 Francois Janoueix (£9.74 Majestic)

Fruitcake and plum aromas, cedary undertones

DEFINITION COTES DU RHONE 2014 Domaine Durieu (£8.99 Majestic)

spice and pepper aromas, rich ripe blackcurrant fruits

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2012 Waitrose In Partnership Valpolicella Ripasso. £8.99, Waitrose

ripasso method adds smoothness to this classic Veneto blend

2014 St Véran Les Monts. £11, Marks & Spencer

nuttiness underlying crisp apple, with a creamy texture and saline dry finish

2009 Brunello di Montalcino, La Serena. £26.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

The cherryish fruit of the sangiovese grape is balanced by smooth oak