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Waitrose wines

by Tom Cannavan, 06/2011

This report with very brief notes on 35 wines has been rushed out to coincide with a one week sale in Waitrose and Waitrose online, with 25% off ALL wines including fortified wines, sparkling wines and Champagne. The sale runs from Wednesday 22nd June 2011 to Tuesday 28th June 2011, with a minimum purchase of six bottles in store, 12 online. Note that online, the sale does not begin until 8pm on Wednesday 22nd. Prices quoted below are the full (i.e. pre-discount) prices. Happy hunting!


Joseph Drouhin 2007 Chorey-lès-Beaune, Burgundy, France
Lovely fruit: fresh and focused raspberry and firm cherry skins. 89/100. £14.99

Château La Croix de Marbuzet 2006 Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France
A sense of juiciness, though fairly lean. 88/100. £18.99

Laurent Miquel L’Atelier Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre 2008 IGP Pays d’Oc, France
Thick essence of berries flavours running into every so slightly astringent tannins. 88/100. £9.99

Vignale 2010 Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Very quaffable and an ultimate tomatoey pasta basher. 85/100. £4.99

Moncaro 2010 Rosso Piceno Superiore, Marche, Italy
Filling the mouth with glugging, creamy red fruits and a soft finish. 84-85/100. £4.99

Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria 2009 Puglia, Italy
A big, but complex mouthful of wine. 89/100. £9.99

Baron de Ley 2006 Reserva, Rioja, Spain
A wine that classic Rioja fans should lap up. 89-90/100. £11.29

Torres Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Central Valley, Chile
Creamy texture and finish with good balancing tannin and acidity. Impressive. 88/100. £8.99

Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Mendoza, Argentina
Cassis and black cherry, lots of creaminess and gentle tannins. 87/100. £7.99

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 S Australia
Juicy, quite fresh character, staying focused and. 86/100. £8.99

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Coonawarra, S Australia
Deep and concentrated flavours, but not dense or cloying. 90/100. £14.99

La Umbra, Merlot 2009, Romania
A balanced, modern style yet showing some rustic charm. 85/100. £5.99

Enira 2007, Bulgaria
Flooded with coffee, cocoa and ripe cassis fruit in a fairly massive, plush style. 88-89/100. £9.99

Vida Nova, Tinto 2008, Algarve, Portugal
Composed, savory finish to wash down a stew or meaty pizza. 86/100. £8.99

Brown Bros, Tarrango 2009, Victoria, Australia
Delightful summer stuff in a lighter, Pijnot-ish vein. 87/100. £6.99


Mirabeau Provence Rosé 2010 Côtes de Provence, France
Cherry-ripe flavour and red apple juiciness with a fine streak of. 88/100. £8.99

La Châsse Syrah Rosé 2010 IGP Pays d’Oc, France
Strikes and nice balance between soft, easy-drinking fruit and a bit of freshening verve. 86/100. £6.99

Torres Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2010 Maule Valley, Chile
A real mouthful this, which might be a love/hate style. 87/100. £8.99


Philippe Chavy Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2008 , France
Precision , freshness and gorgeous savoury length. 93/100. £41.00

Brundelmayer, Berg-Vogelsang Gruner veltliner 2010, kamptal, Austria
Deliciously precise, focused fruit, the clarity of a mountain stream. 93/100. £15.99

Moncarno, verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010, Marche, Italy
Freshnes and the decisive acidity marrying with a hint of honey and wild flowers. Bargain. 87/100. £4.99

Vina Costeria 2010, Ribeiro, Spain
Palate is cool and collected, with a mineral and featherlight character. 88/100. £7.99

Domaine Balland-Chapuis Montagnes Blanches 2010, Coteaux du Giennois, Loire, France
Racy acidity with a touch of endive-like and grapefruit acidity makes for a long, fine finish. 90/100. £9.99

Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Les Belles Filles 2009, Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy, France
Delicious fruit that has lemon and crunchy ripe pear. 90/100. £16.99

Louis Jadot 2008 Chassagne-Montrachet, Premier Cru, Burgundy, France
Tight and vigorous, with masses of pithy lemon fruit and acidity and razor sharp focus. 92-93/100. £26.99

Charte d’Assemblage Blanc 2010 IGP Côtes de Gascogne, France
Elderflower and slightly sweaty aromatics to spare. 87/100. £7.99

La Forge Estate Marsanne/Roussanne/Viognier 2010 Languedoc, France
Punchy, full-fruited and would be great with roast chicken. 89/100. £9.99

Il Bello Pinot Grigio 2010 IGT Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
A saline touch making it really quite a serious fruit wine. 86/100. £5.99

Valdesil Godello 2009 Valdeorras, Spain
Herby and nutty, yet pristinely fruity, with a big, dry, pithy orange and lemon. 93/100. £15.99

Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Satisfyingly fruity and ripe, but a big vegetal, chicory-like, savoury finish. 91/100. £ 9.99

MontGras Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Leyda Valley, Chile
Quite unctuous fruit on the palate hinting at lychee and mango. 89-90/100. £8.99

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Isabelle Chardonnay 2010 Tumbarumba, Victoria, Australia
Elegant finish, hinting at minerals and seashells. 90/100. £9.99


Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso NV Victoria, Australia
Deep red, sweet, fizzy and slightly manic, the palate has a wonderfully vibrant, punchy fruit-gum sweetness. 86-87/100. £9.99


Waitrose Cream Sherry, Spain
More raisiny-complex than your average cream Sherry, with cocoa and coffee notes. 89/100. £6.49