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week beginning 06/07/2009

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Veneto, Italy Sainsbury’s, £4.49

good-value, light, floral, verdant, summer swigger

2008 Cuvée Prestige Côtes du Rhône, Caves Saint Pierre, Sainsbury’s, £4.54

delivering fat, floral, elegant peppery spice that has wide summer party appeal.

2007 Wakefield Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Majestic £5.99 until July 16

rich, creamy, burnt toast-stashed chardonnay

2007 Wakefield Shiraz, Clare Valley, Majestic down to £5.99 until July 16

big, bold, beefy, 14.5 per cent red with a hefty creosote-scented finish.

2007 Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg, Riesling Kabinett Montrachet £11.99

ripe, floral, grapey, tongue-tingling, late-harvest, off-dry riesling

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Parducci pinot noir 2007 (£9.99 Oddbins)

all the correct smells and flavours

Cakebread sauvignon blanc 2007 (£17.99 corney and barrow)

creamy depth to its gooseberry flavours; fine and elegant

Lemelson Six Vineyards Oregon pinot noir 2006 (£19 the wine society)

sensuous organic success from Oregon

the Independent - Anthony Rose

M&S Vino da Tavola. £3.99 at Marks & Spencer

bright cherryish fruit to light up barbies and parties equally well

2007 Sacravite Aglianico, D'Angelo. 2 @ £7.99, Majestic

rich, dark cherryish example, with its spicy oak and succulent textured fruit

2008 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre. £16.99, Waitrose

grapefruity freshness and a suggestion of flinty minerality

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Asda Extra Special Beaujolais Villages, Boisset (£4.61)

juicy, raspberryish

Cabernet Franc 2007 Domaine du Colombier Chinon (£5.99, Sainsbury's)

grassy, stylish, unoaked

2007 Mâcon Rouge, Cave de Prissé (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

cherryish, easy-drinking made from Gamay

2007 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

not short of oak, but there's so much bramble and strawberry fruit

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Domaine de la Berthète Côtes du Rhône 2007 (£6.49 Oddbins; 13.5% abv)

open, joyous, minerallic and earned the highest praise, "alive", in my notes

Delas Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit 2007 (£8.99; Taurus; Badminton Wines; 13.5% abv)

less for tippling than one to accompany barbecued lamb chops.

Waitrose Côtes du Rhône Villages Gabriel Meffre 2007 (£5.99; 14% abv)

As an easy-going, solid and "pretty good for the price" house red

M Chapoutier Organic Côteaux-du-Tricastin 2007 (2 @ £7.49 Majestic; 14.5% abv)

begins with a garrigue-scented flow of red berry fruit and finishes quite hard and dry

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

DuMol Chardonnay Clare 2005, 14.5%, £35.00 Raeburn Fine Wine

Lightly oaked; clean, mineral, powerful, concentrated character

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, 14.5%, £30.00 Raeburn Fine Wine

smooth, supremely elegant, voluptuous interpretation of cabernet sauvignon

Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2006, £40.00 Raeburn Fine Wine

nose full of dark cherries and plums. The palate is big with a ripe, dense feel

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Brown Bros Orange Muscat and Flora, 13%vol, Australia (£5.49 per 37.5cl Majestic)

luscious, grapey, fragrant example from family-owned Brown Bros

2007 Bonterra Zinfandel, 14.5%vol, California (£8.79 until July 21; Waitrose)

ripe, plummy fruit and pepper, clove and vanilla finish

2007 Pinot Blanc 'Collection Privée' Jean Victor Senner, 12%vol, France, (£8.49; Nicolas)

utterly delicious: lightly aromatic, smooth, creamy, dry yet fruity


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