30-06-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 30/06/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2006 Petite Arvine, Vigne Champorette. Caves Pyrene £16.30; Selfridges £19.99

oodles of seductive, fat, spicy, apricot, lemon and faintly pineapple-stashed fruit

2006 Trimbach Riesling Réserve, France, Waitrose, £13.49

elegant, zesty, floral reserve from hand-harvested, mature vines

2006 Chablis 1er Cru, Côte de Léchet, Pommier. Private Cellar £16.94; L&Sand £19.95

really elegant expression of the chardonnay grape

2006 Santenay 1er Cru Clos de Tavannes, Girardin. Montrachet £17.50

elegant, citrus and glacé fruit white hits the top white burgundy notes

2006 The White, John Forrest Collection, New Zealand, Adnams £16.99

joyous, aromatic, citrus and flowering currant-stashed summer glugger

2006 The Lane Pinot Grigio, Australia, Corney & Barrow £14.99

fine, zippy, lemony white with oomph and attitude

2007 KT and the Falcon, Watervale Riesling, Berry Bros £14.95

amazing, floral and kerosene-charged classic riesling

2006 Ried Pfaffenberg Steiner Riesling, Knoll, Tanners £15.60

ripe, floral, peppery riesling with fine, spritzy, lemony flavours

2007 Leitz Estate Old Vines Riesling, Marks & Spencer, £18

sweet, spicy, floral, grapey fruit with that classic steely, petrolly riesling finish

2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Pierre Morey, Justerini & Brooks £13.46; Majestic, £13.99

gorgeous, glacé fruit and sweet hazelnut oak-licked white burgundy

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

Mahiki Gold Rum, £29.99 Selfridges

Created for Mayfair’s Mahiki club; full-bodied Barbados rum; vanilla and roast raisin flavour

Elements 8 Gold Rum, £30.99-£37.50 Self, H Nic, F&M, drinkon

Fine St Lucia rum with dried-fig and subtle toasty-oak flavour

Chairman’s Reserve Rum, £13.99 thedrinkshop.com

Award-winning new import from St Lucia. Full, round, spicy and raisiny

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Muscadet. £4.99, Sainsbury’s

crisp, bone-dry; thirst-quenching tang

2002 De Bortoli All Rounder Semillon. £7.19, Tesco

dried apricot and citrus fruit; rounded out with a honeyed richness

2006 Wild Earth Pinot Noir. £102.55 for 6, marksandspencer.com

so berry fruity that you’ll find yourself compelled to pour yourself yet another glass

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Saumur Rouge, Les Nivières, Cave Saumur (£5.99, Waitrose)

vibrant, grassy, unoaked; tannin and leafy greenness.

2005 Pulenta Estate Cabernet Franc (£13.95, 12 @ £12.55 Berry Bros)

rich, smooth, multidimensional; the most exciting Argentinian red I’ve had in 2008

2006 Raats Cabernet Franc (£17.99, stockists from Alliance 01505 506 060)

Cape red with subtle perfume, sleek oak and polished tannins

2001 Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos, Charles Joguet (£13.99, Majestic)

complex, silky, almost gamey wine promises to develop for at least a decade

2007 Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris, Leyda £6.99, 14%, Marks & Spencer

intense, citrusy and minerally, with a herbal undertone

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV. (£6.75 if you buy Majestic)

One of the best value, most reliable fizzes around

2007 Innocent Bystander Moscato. (£7.99 per 375ml; Selfridges)

Light, refreshing and delicately sweet

2001 Castillo de Calatrava Reserva (£5.99; Sainsbury’s)

soft, mellow, mature tempranillo; tons of fruit and an appealing freshness

2007 Ochoa Lagrima Rosado. (£6.85-£9.99; Bretby, Taurus, Secret Cellar)

strawberries and cranberries on both nose and palate

2006 Torres Sangre de Toro. (£6.99; Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Thresher)

great value robust red from Spain’s leading family-owned producer

2006 Valtorto Douro. (£6.99; Averys)

Full of character, it’s great with lamb brochettes

2007 Rosado Monte Arlas. (£7.50; Adnams)

Serve well-chilled as an aperitif or with grilled king prawns

2005 La Báscula ‘Turret Fields’. (£8.50 Jascots)

beautifully textured syrah/monastrell; spicy fruit

2006 Howard’s Folly Portugal (£8.95; Charles Hawkins)

Intensely flavoured yet smooth and supple

Croft Pink Portl (£9.99; Asda, Sainsbury’s)

really rather fun, with vibrant damson/cherry fruit and a crisp finish

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Château Lamothe-Cissac 2002, Haut-Médoc. €9,20, Calais-Vins

Classic cabernet sauvignon-based claret, with a leafy, refreshing edge

Carignan de Familongue, Domaine de Familongue 2005. €5,96, Calais-Vins

incredibly pure and clean, yet also has great depth and character

Château de L’Aumerade Cuvée Marie-Christine 2007, Provence. €5,15, Calais-Vins

smooth, savoury, yet tinged with wild strawberries

Crémant de Bourgogne Charles Roux Brut NV. €7,14, Calais-Vins

easy, clean, light, creamy-textured sparkling wine; Perfect for summer parties

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