30-03-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 30/03/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2007 Cuvée de Richard, Vin de Pays de l’Aude, Majestic, £3.79 until Monday

joyous, juicy, dusky fruit makes it one of the best- value French reds in Britain

2008 Esperanza Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Majestic 2 @ £3.99 each

Terrific, cheap, peach-scented Argentine white

2008 Les Montgolfiers Sauvignon-Gros Manseng, T Boudinaud, Tesco £4.99 on offer

Delicious, exotic, gooseberry and apricot-stashed new Gascon blend.

2007 Les Montgolfiers Shiraz Reserve, T Boudinaud, Tesco, £4.99on offer

Impressive chocolate and berry-laden Languedoc shiraz

2002 Château Croizet-Bages, Pauillac, Sainsbury’s, £19.99 until April 14

lively, gamey, smoky, tobacco and cedar-scented claret that is drinking deliciously

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Tabali Syrah Reserva Especial 2007 (£10.95 The Wine Soc)
Quoin Rock Syrah 2004 (£11.95 The Wine Soc)
Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2007 (£8.99, AGwines.com)
Selvapiana Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004 (£20 M&S)
Thelema Mountain Vineyards cabernet sauvignon2004 (£19.45 purewines.org)
Château Pibarnon, Bandol 2003 (£215 for six everywine.co.uk)
Clos d’Yvigne Bergerac Sec 2007 (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2008 Gran Tesoro Viura £3.49, Tesco

fresh, pear-flavoured unoaked example

2008 Yalumba Pewsey Vale Riesling £9.99, or £7.99 by the case, Oddbins

scents of lemon, lime and herb, and shows zingy fresh tropical-citrus zestiness

2006 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay, NZ. Around £30, Andrew Wilson Wines

Magnificently opulent chardonnay with stylish pure fruit quality and complexity

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2002 Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley (£113.94 per six, tesco.com)

toasty, complex, citrus-crisp; arguably Australia’s most garlanded white

2001 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley (£9.99 Morrisons)

herbal, honeyed, beautifully developed

2005 Peter Lehmann Semillon, Barossa (£5.88, Tesco; £6.99, Oddbins)

honeysuckle-scented, unoaked; one of my favourite value-for- money Aussie whites

2006 Tim Adams Semillon (£9.22, Tesco)

sensitively oaked, herby, custard-like

2007 Mount Horrocks Semillon (£14.95, stockists from 020 7720 535)

spicy, aniseedy, deliciously refreshing

2007 Cuvee Balthazar Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc £9,99, 14%, Waitrose

Smoky, spicy and complex with lovely blackberry fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Moscatel de Valencia, Spain (£3.63)

plenty of sugared green-grape and yellow-plum flavour

Chateau Haut-Bergeron 2005, Sauternes, (Asda, £9.76 for 37.5cl)

Sublime lemon and pineapple flavours here, ripe and complex

Domaine Pouderoux 2003, Maury, France (Waitrose, £9.99)

Drink this unusual, mulberryish, sweet red grenache with plain chocolate

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Château Croizet-Bages 2002 (£19.99 until 14 April, Sainsbury)

not enough detail for the money

Château Simard 1995, St Emilion ( £9.99 until 14 April, Sainsbury)

Rambling, cedary scents; evocative of strolling through Arras

Château Clarke 2002, Listrac- Médoc (£14.99 until 14 April, Sainsbury)

in sprightlier nick: modern, smartly oaked almost, with ostentatious good taste

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2002, St Julien (£19.99 until 14 April, Sainsbury)

harmonious, sophisticated; reeked of that magical word terroir

Château Palmer Alter Ego 2004, Margaux (£29.99 until 14 April, Sainsbury)

artfully, subtly fragranced, with delicate power and ageing potential

Autentico Lambrusco Reggiano 2007 (11%, £7.49, Marks & Spencer)

Chill, pour into tumblers and slug back this honest, sparkling Italian red

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