31-08-2009 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 31/08/2009

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2006 Alsace Riesling, Grand Cru Wiebelsberg, Rieffel, Berry Bros £18.65

gorgeous, ripe, floral, racy, lime-spiked riesling

2007 Le Faite, Saint Mont, Plaimont, France. Adnams £13.99, Coe £14.75

oozes exotic, smouldering, smoky, verdant, summer apéritif spice

2005 Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling Kabinett, Schönleber, Montrachet £14.99

mouthwatering balance between sweet fruit and tart acidity

2007 Saint-Romain, Combe Bazin, Domaine de Chassorney, Caves de Pyrène £23.15

fine, sappy, nutty, oaky ’07 with lots of ripe, food-friendly fruit.

2007 Alsace Riesling, GC Rosacker, Cave Hunawihr, Liberty £14.99, Edinburgh Wine £13.99

mouthwatering, off-dry and gentle, floral, apple and pear-charged fruit

2007 S de Suduiraut, Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Seckford Wines £24.90

powerful, smoky-oaky white makes a classy and punchy summer apéritif

2007 Sierra du Sud, Côtes du Rhône, Les Caves de Pyrène, £15.50

Heaving with burnt, spicy, herby, dusky black fruit

2006 Crozes Hermitage, Alain Graillot, Yapp Bros £16.95, Fortnum & Mason £21

elegant, savoury, black pepper and plum-stashed spicy mouthful

2003 Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe, Farr Vintners £15.50

fine, mature, oaky, elegant fruit

2004 L’Hospitalet de Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux, Corney & Barrow £19.99

gorgeous fat, ripe, fleshy, plum, game and chocolate-licked red

2004 Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac, Bordeaux, Tanners £23.20

delicious ripe, gamey, curranty fruit.

2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Frédéric Magnien, Private Cellar £13.50

sweet, ripe, zesty, damson plum fruit-charged red burgundy

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Gavi DOCG 2007 (£4.99 LIDL)

top-value bargain-basement cracker

Pazo de Barrantes Albarino 2008 (£14.75 AGwines)

classic Spanish confection of fruit and stone

Chat-en-Oeuf 2007/8 (£4.99 Waitrose)

rosé version of this punning wine from southern France

Il Bacialé 2007 (£14.70 Tanners)

juicy damson flavour, tangy acidity and a long fruity yet savoury finish

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Tigress Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir Chardonnay, £4.99, Majestic

berry fruit showing the soft texture of bottle age

2006 Spier Vintage Selection Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier, £9.81, Asda

mulberry and damson fruitiness, undertones of vanilla

2008 Mullineux White, Swartland, £13.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

rich dried fruit cut by citrusy acidity

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2006 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling (£8.99, 12.5%, Morrison’s)

toasty, mature

2007 Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay (2 @ £9.99, 13%, Majestic)

rich, complex, aniseedy

2006 Wolf Blass President’s Selection Shiraz (2 @ £9.99 Maj; £12.99, Sains, tesco.com)

smoky, spicy, deeply coloured

2006 Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon (£19.49, 14.5%, hailsham; everywine)

and, best of all, the minty, surprisingly elegant

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2008 (£7.99, Majestic, 13.5% abv)

glorious focus, intensity, chiselled edges and a chalky undertow

Asda Pinot Grigio 2008 (£3.98; 12.5% abv)

a good, crisp, fresh draught, but it’s an altogether different experience

Scotland on Sunday – Will Lyons

Rueda Blanco 2008, Marqués de Riscal, Spain, 2 @ £5.62, Majestic

bursts with fresh, wildflower aromas reminiscent of a summer meadow

Château Mont Milan 2007, Corbières, France, 2 @ £4.99 Majestic

scented notes of dried fruits, dates and a whiff of eucalyptus

Clos d’Yvigne “Princesse de Clèves” 2008, Bergerac Blanc, 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

spritsy, tangy character with a deep finish

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2004 Marqués de Romeral Reserva Rioja, 13.5%vol, Spain (£9.99; Marks & Spencer).

smooth, mellow, vanilla-rich tempranillo blend

2001 Selfridges Whytinghams’s Vintage Port, 19.5%vol, Portugal (£27.99;).

It’ll need decanting, but it’s worth the effort.

2008 Tesco Australian Reserve Riesling/Gewurztraminer, 12.5%vol (£4.85; Tesco).

wonderful ripe tropical fruit, hints of spice and a citric backbone

2007 The Co-operative Domaine St Gabriel Viognier, 13.5%vol (£7.99).

peachy, gently honeyed yet dry viognier

Tanners French Rosé NV, 12.5%vol (£6.50; Tanners).

Fresh and fruity, with plenty of wild strawberries on the palate

Davy’s Finest Manzanilla No.1, 15%vol, Spain (£3.95 per 37.5cl; Davy’s).

bone dry with a tingling, salty, savoury tang

2004 Berrys’ Extra Ordinary Claret, 13%vol (£11.75; Berry Bros & Rudd).

graceful and poised with rich, dark berry fruit and silky tannins

2007 Waitrose Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5%vol, New Zealand (£8.49).

unexpected minerality alongside the usual gooseberry notes

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Champagne Brut, 12%vol, France (£15.98).

full, weighty and creamy, with hints of toast on the finish

2006 Fortnum’s Bourgogne Rouge, 12.5%vol (£10.50; Fortnum & Mason).

fresh and fruity with hints of cherry and spice

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