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week beginning 15/08/2011

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

La Gitana Manzinilla. £8.35, tesco

Fresh, invigorating and with a breezy tang

Marques de la Sierra Blanco, Spain. £6.99 Adnams

Brimming with nutty resonance and breezy freshness

Marks & Spencer PX, Elqui, Chile 2010. £6.99

Lemony, long-lasting and with plenty of texture and oomph

Tio Pepe Fino. £9.49 Waitrose

Glorious and tantalising riddle in a bottle

Paul Mas Marsanne 2010. £8.99, Majestic

Reminds me of peeling the world's zingiest tangerine

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2010 France (£7.29, Tesco)

two for £10 until August 16 – one of the bargains of the summer

Domaine Felines Picpoul de Pinet 2010 (13.5%, Waitrose, £7.99)

even better, more concentrated and characterful, very alert

Chateau de la Mirande Picpoul de Pinet 2010 (13%, £7.99, lescaves.co.uk)

ever-reliable fixture on many restaurant wine lists

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

Champagne Tribaut Brut Cuvée de Réserve. £24.99, champagnewarehouse.com

refreshing mouthful of pears, toasted nuts and a hint of fruit

Miguel Torres Brut NV. £13.99 tauruswines.co.uk; £12.92 vintagemarque.com

elegant, silky sparkler from one of Spain's biggest still-wine producers

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray 2009. £8.99 until 4 September, M&S

immediate crispness on the palate, mingled with honey and melon flavours

the Observer - David Williams

Veranza Chardonnay, Spain 2010. (£6.50, The Vintner; £6.43, Bablake Wines)

Unoaked, it's all about the youthful guava and mango fruit flavours

Asda Extra Special Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. (£8.67, Asda)

combination of restrained toasty flavours and zingy tropical fruitiness

Encantado by Tabali Chardonnay Reserva, Limarí, Chile 2011. (£8.99, Tesco)

cooling acidity underpins this judiciously oaked, weighty but elegant white

Château de Puligny-Montrachet Clos de Château Bourgogne Blanc, France 2008. (£22, Berry Bros)

Boldly sunny and fruity, it has an addictive citrus pith tang

Yabby Lake Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Australia 2008. (£26, Swig)

exceptionally pure with a mouthwateringly citrus-and-mineral-fired palate

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 2002. (£39.99, Corney & Barrow)

simply glorious: rich but beautifully balanced by its nervy acidity

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Marques de Montoya Vintage Brut Cava. Sainsbury's £11.99

attractive cava; £5.99 a couple of months ago; wait until it's discounted again

Gramona Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2007 (Berry Bros £16.95)

no dosage added; richer and peachier than most champagne

Mas Bertran Balma Cava 2007 (£13.50 theperfectwine.co.uk, £13.95 Caviste)

Equally delicious; lush; perfect end-of-summer sipping

Waitrose "In Partnership" Cava (£8.99)

classic, dry, yeasty style, but with a nice touch of creaminess

Mas Miralda Cava Brut (£4.49; Asda)

the best of the cheap supermarket cavas that I've tasted recently

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2010 Yali Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay, Chile. £4.99 until 21 August, Morrisons

tropical fruit and grapefruit flavours, finishing with a savoury twiste

2010 Marquesa De La Cruz GSM, Spain. £5.24 Sainsbury's

warm variation on a Rhône blend; intense black cherry fruit and redcurrant aciditye

2008 Côtes du Rhône Domaine Jaume France. £7.50, The Wine Society

peppery nose, spicy finish; smooth fruit that ranges between plums and black cherriese

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2010 Domaine Cabrol, France (Majestic, 2 @ £6.99)

bracingly dry, lemon-peel note here, even a touch of green olive

Picpoul de Pinet 2010, Domaine Félines Jourdan, France (Berry Bros, £8.95)

superior example; peppery, even spicy, quality and a slightly fuller texture

Picpoul de Pinet, Benjamin Darnault 2010, France (Naked Wines, £9.99)

lime zest, pepper and honey, yet a wonderfully dry, refreshing finish


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