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week beginning 03/05/2011

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2010 Finest Block 3 Pinot Grigio, McWilliams, Tesco £4.99 until May 17

ripe, juicy, zesty, grapey spice is easily worth a fiver.

2010 Pays d’Oc Malbec, Thierry Boudinaud, France, Tesco, £4.99 until May 17

Dirt cheap, prune-scented, inky, chocolatey malbec

2010 Wither Hills Pinot Gris, Marlborough, Waitrose,£6.66 until May 24

gentle spice and sweet, nutty fruit

2009 Wither Hills Pinot Noir, Marlborough, Waitrose, £9.74 until May 24

gorgeous, fat, rich, smoky, damson plum-stashed pinot noir

2008 Chablis 1er Cru, Les Vaillons, Bernard Defaix. Great Western Wine, £18.75

delicious zesty, appley, waxy, nutty chablis

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

J Secano Estate Sauvignon Gris 2010 (£7.99 Marks & Spencer)

Good-value, aromatic and elegant relative of sauvignon blanc from Chile

J Saint Mont, Les Hauts de Bergelle Blanc (£6.99 Majestic)

Terrific Gascon blend of local white varieties: perfumed and fleshy

J McHenry Hohnen 3 Amigos 2008 (£12.99-£13.99 widely available)

Creamy and characterful west Australian amalgam

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Legaris Reserva 2004. £18.99, Oddbins

port-like liquorice, coffee and raisin fruit flavours

Aliwen Reserva Pinot Noir. £5.99, brayvalleywines

full of red-berry fruits and a lovely long savoury finish

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009. two for £4.99 Majestic

crisp mix of herbaceous green grass and rounded tropical citrus flavours

the Observer - David Williams

Palais des Anciens Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2009 (£7.59, Tesco)

full, weighty palate is like just-ripe white peaches

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.99, Wine Rack; £10.70 slurp)

alluring freshly sliced green beans, and a hint of toasty maturity

Yalumba Virgilius Viognier 2008 (from £23.50, selected Maj, Harrod, Self, slurp)

apricots and a whisper of honey on the nose; the palate is much sharper

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Henri de Lorgère Macon-Villages 2009 (£4.99; 13% abv Aldi)

frankly, could do duty for a chablis

Muriel Rioja Reserva 2005 (2 @ £6.39, 13% abv Majestic)

appealingly unreconstructed. Ideal for the Easter lamb

La Tour de Beraud 2009 Costières de Nîmes (~£8.30 rannochscott; ballantynes; Coodens; Grape & Grind)

gloriously rich, ripe

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2008 Chateau Henry de France Bordeaux, 13 per cent. £5.49 until 8 June, Spar

Smooth and leafy entry-point claret with nicely acidic cherry fruit

2007 Powers Columbia Valley Merlot, USA, 13.5 per cent. £10.95, Villeneuve

spice and coffee; deep damson, cherry and blackcurrant

2009 Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc, 13 per cent. £8.19 until 4 May, Waitrose

Minerality and nicely rounded flavours; crunchy gooseberry fruit

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Cheverny Rouge l’Enclos du Petit Chien Alpha (12.5%, Wine Society, £7.50)

tastes like bramble hedgerows smell; thirst-quenching and sturdy

Campillo Rioja Gran Reserva 1978 Spain (13.5%, Majestic, £42)

beautifully integrated, with a moleskin texture

Charles Back Barbera 2008 South Africa (14%, M&S, £9.99)

evokes the taste of charry meat cooked on the barbecue


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