30-01-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 30/01/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Batturica Tarragona Gran Reserva 2005, £4.99 Lidl

savoury more than fruity; earthiness, leather and dark coffee

Single Estate Chardonnay Cava 2009. £9.99 M&S

Lemony with full flavour and plenty of delicate bubbles

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006, £12.99 Waitrose

Savoury hints of toast and leather along with plenty of black fruit

Taste the Difference Albarino 2010. £7.99, Sainsbury’s

Bright peachy freshness and a hint of lemon blossom

Torres Vina Esmeralda 2010, £7.99 Waitrose

Fragrant, floral and gentle

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine Adhemar et Francis Boudin Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2010 (Lea & Sandeman £120/12 IB)

easy, lemon curdy.

Mort Chablis Domaine 2010 (Lea & Sandeman, £150/12 ib)

tighter and more compact, like granite. More of a keeper

William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2010. (Lay & Wheeler, Southwick Wine, £237/6)

superbly edgy

Long Depaquit Albert Bichot Grand Cru Moutonne 2010 (Flint Wines, £450/12 IB)

impressively rich.

Long Depaquit Albert Bichot Vaudésir 2010 (Flint Wine £275/12 ib).


Vocoret & Fils Chablis 2010 France (12.5%, 2 @ £10.99 Majestic)

Brilliant stuff; tasting of bone and smoke with a finish that just goes on and on

William Fevre Chablis 2010 France (12.5%, £156/12 winedirect, Wine Society, £14.95)

very neat and tidy example, all parallel lines and crushed chalk

Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Forneaux 1er Cru 2010 France (13%, £19.50, Berry Bros)

lots of layers inside this 1er cru; try with chopped crayfish tails and avocado

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

St Aubin Rouge 1er Cru Sentier du Clou, Henri Prudhon, 2007. £12.95 until Tue, winesociety

medium-bodied, slightly perfumed, well-structured wine

Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia, 2006. 2 @ £9.99 Majestic

cinnamon and clove aromas, intense flavours of sweet fruits, touches of leather

Nero D’Avola Corte Ibla Sicilia, 2007. £11.99 M&S

Full-bodied and rich, with powerful flavours of autumn fruits and liquorice

the Observer – David Williams

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, Australia 2010 (£12.20, slurp)

subtle hint of undergrowth amid the red and black fruit compotee

Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano, Italy 2010 (2 @ £8.99 majestic.co.uk)

evocative waft of wild herbs; flavours of soft, sweet-and-sour red cherriese

Tesco Finest Sonoma County Chardonnay 2009 (£8.99, tesco.com)

has elegance to go with the opulence, and a wholemeal toastinesse

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Santa Ana Torrontes 2010 (13% abv £5 from £7.30, Great Western Wine)

fragrant; try it with a zesty ceviche

Zarcillo Gewürztraminer 2011 (Wine Society £6.25)
Zarcillo Pinot Noir 2010 (Wine Society £6.25)

from Chile’s Bio Bio Valley, excellent value

Domaine Laborie Vin De Pays d’Oc 2010 (£5.25; Wine Society)

a gutsy blend of grenache, carignan and syrah is a real cracker

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Canyon Creek Merlot Lodi, California, 13.5%. £4.99 (half price until 5 Feb), Morrisons

excellent-value, soft, fleshy and smooth red; intense, blackcurrant-centred flavours

2008 Organic Chablis Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis-Prehy, France, 12.5%. £12.99 (down £2), M&S

beautiful chablis is clean and smooth with excellent buttery and lemon-based fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

The Arran Malt 10 Year Old Single Malt (arranwhisky.com, specialist shops, £29.99)

Fresh and lightly fruity, with lemon and banana notes and a touch of clove

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt, Islay (Tes, Sai, Wai, Asd and specialists ~£43.99)

pungent, richly peaty, wood-smoky; big fruity finish

Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2010, Chile (Majestic, 2 @ £5.99 until 30 January)

plenty of black fruit, pepper and wood-spice to stand up to the haggis

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