30-07-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 30/07/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Cuvee Pecheur 2011 Comte Tolosan. £4.69. Waitrose

Lovely, bright citrus-apple fusion. Crisp, pure, long lasting

Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2011. £6.49, Co-op

As delightful as crunching into a cool, ripe pear

Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde 2011. £6.49, M&S

Sharp as a blade and like a spark of appley freshness

Pastrana manzanilla Pasada. £9.95 The Wine Society

Powerful, very dry and irresistibly tangy

Domaine des Garrigues Lirac 2011. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

Sweet violet aromas mingled with peppery punch; stacks of personality

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Château de l’Aulée Crémant de Loire Brut NV France. (12.5%, Averys, £11.99)

impressive, very grown-up fizz; racy and tastes a bit of orchard fruit

Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana NV Spain (15%, Majestic, £7.99)

Light, crisp and precise; the fine bone china of sherry styles

Azienda Agricola Malvirà Nebbiolo 2007 Langhe, Italy (13.5%, Waitrose, £11.99)

stylish, with gentle violet and rose and cedar fragrance

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Atlantis Santorini 2011. £10.49, Marks & Spencer

mix of floral and zesty aromas, gooseberry and lemon fruit flavours

Vistamar Sepia Reserva Malbec 2010. £8.50, smithfieldwine.com

Intense black fruits and tar on the nose; vibrant flavours on the palate

Cuvée De Richard Red 2011. £5.29, majestic.co.uk

smooth, but fresh, juicy fruit flavours left untouched by oak

the Observer – David Williams

Taboexa Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain 2011 (£9.99, Waitrose)

Fresh without being austere, fleshy and round without being fat

Le Citronnier Colombard Sauvignon Blanc, France 2011 (£7.99, Laithwaites)

zippy, grassy dry white from Gascony in southwest France

The Co-operative Les Pionniers Brut Champagne NV (£15.99 on offer)

brioche, fresh apples and perfectly balanced, pinpoint acidity

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Château Vieux Manoir (£6.99, most Co-op stores; 13% abv)

smooth, plummy, from the excellent 2009 vintage

Sybille Kuntz Estate Riesling 2008 (£13.41,Loeb; £14.95, Valvona & Crolla)

delicate, limey; a mature, genuinely dry riesling

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2010/11 (14% abv, Majestic 2 @ £7.99)

lush, full-bodied; good with grilled salmon, roast butternut squash

Tesco Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc 2011 (£6.99; 13.5% abv)

just off-dry, but irresistibly lush and peachy

Binyamina Merlot 2010 (£9.49 in selected Marks & Spencer; 13% abv)

smooth, ripe, berry-packed red; light enough to swig on its own

Barkan Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (£9.49 M&S; 13% abv)

delicious, too

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Mas de Montagnes Terroirs D’Altitude Blanc Roussillon. £8.49 Majestic

hawthorn blossom aromas; flavours that include pear, red apple and grapefruit

2007 Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile. £9.99, Luvians

typical leafy, dark fruit nose; long, minty finish; a class act

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

tesco Finest Tingleup Riesling 2011, Western Australia (£9.99)

hugely tangy, refreshing lemon and lime, and lip-smacking, bracing acidity

R3 Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand (Marks & Spencer, £12.99)

oodles of plush, ripe blackcurrant and raspberry; fresh, soft style

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Chile (Majestic, 2 @ £5.99 until 3 Sep)

good-value sauv blanc; gooseberry and lime

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