Wines in the Press – Summer 2019

by Ed H-B

A round up of our recent press mentions in the UK press and reviewer’s blogs.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of our 12 bottle mixed case discount – our ‘case price’ is marked in red.

AUGUST

The Guardian, A longing for Languedoc, David Williams, 18/08/2019:

2018-VERMENTINO-Domaine-les-Yeuses

2018 VERMENTINO Domaine les Yeuses
£8.95 | £7.95
Review: ‘The Languedoc may not be on top of your list of go-to places for refreshing white wine. It never used to be on mine, either: the sun-baked Midi’s winemaking hub is largely red wine country (about three-quarters of the grapes grown are red) and its spicy red blends are some of the best value wines in the world. But too many of the whites seemed rather flat and lifeless – especially during the years when the Languedoc’s only answer to the challenge of New World wines was to take advantage of the looser rules and regulations of the IGP (formerly Vin de) Pays d’Oc appellation to imitate Australia or California. Things are rather more interesting now, and this summer I’ve been enjoying the style (and it has to be said, price) of a number of Languedoc whites, not least Domaine Les Yeuses’ super lively lemony take on Mediterranean grape, vermentino..’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: Will Lyons strikes gold in Italy’s underrated Soave region, Will Lyons, 18/08/2019:

2018-SOAVE-CLASSICO-Montesei-Le-Battistelle


2018 SOAVE CLASSICO Montesei Le Battistelle
£13.50 | £11.95
Review: ‘Here’s a superb Soave to enjoy with a lingering summer lunch. Whistle-clean, this Classico has notes of citrus, white fruit and herbs. It finishes with a surprising intensity and delivers a long, refreshing aftertaste. Pretty label, too.’

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The Telegraph, How to choose a good supermarket wine on holiday, Victoria Moore, 16/08/2019:

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2015 MOULIN À VENT Vieilles Vignes Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Beaujolais
£27.95 | £20.95 (currently on sale until the end August)
Review: ‘A cut-price chance to try wine from Burgundy-based grower Thibault Liger-Belair’s project in Beaujolais. This is notably sumptuous and polished (and, coming from a warm vintage, high-ish in alcohol) yet also expresses a pleasing sense of place.’

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Affinity Magazine, Coming Up Rosé, 14/08/2019: 

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘MBlossomy floral notes, citrus and red fruit make this a delicate, refreshing and moreish wine that beautifully compliments Provençal-style cuisine and grilled Mediterranean seafood. On a summer evening it is equally delicious as an apéritif whilst catching up with friends!’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: are you a wine snob?, Will Lyons, 11/08/2019:

2016 Michael Klouda 1902 Zinfandel

2016 THE 1902 ZINFANDEL Michael Klouda Wines
£22.95 | £20.75
Review: ‘Zinfandel earned itself a bad name in California for being overproduced and planted in the wrong spots, resulting in pretty ordinary wines. A few producers are reversing this trend, not least Klouda. His 1902 is full-bodied, blackberry and vanilla to the fore.’

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Decanter, Global Blanc de Blancs: Panel tasting results, Simon Field MW, 08/08/2019:

WISTON ESTATE 2011 Blanc de Blancs Brut

2011 WISTON ESTATE Blanc de Blancs Brut
SOLD OUT
Review: ‘Located on the South-facing chalk slopes of the South Downs, Wiston Estate has been owned and farmed by the Goring family since 1743. The estate’s winemaking origins began in 2006, when Harry and Pip Goring planted 16 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier vines, before joining with acclaimed winemaker Dermot Sugrue. The grapes for the 2011 Blancs de Blancs are sourced from the steepest, chalkiest parts of the Wiston vineyards, on a soil reminiscent of Champagne’s renowned Côte des Blancs.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: a dozen beautiful bottles for high summer, Will Lyons, 04/08/2019:

2018 GRENACHE-CINSAULT Rosé Domaine Saint Félix

2018 GRENACHE-CINSAULT Rosé Domaine Saint Félix
£8.50 | £7.95
Review: ‘An excellent Languedoc rosé for less than £10, this is medium-bodied with a light pink blush. A generous fruity attack is followed by zingy spice, then the finish is long and refreshing.’

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Decanter, Etna: A rising force, Stephen Brook, 04/08/2019: 

2016 ETNA ROSSO IGT SICILIA Alberelli di Giodo


2016 ETNA ROSSO IGT SICILIA Alberelli di Giodo
£56.95 | £50.95
Review: ‘Carlo Ferrini, one of the best-known consultant winemakers in Italy, puts his reputation on the line to produce this red from just 1ha of old bush vines. Fortunately this, his first vintage here, has all the aromatic delicacy and finesse one could hope for. The attack is lean but stylish, with a robust mid-palate. Intense and linear, it has ample structure and length. Drinking Window 2019 – 2028’

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Joannasimon.com, Round the world in rosés in 2019, Joanna Simon, 02/08/2019: 

2018-BANDOL-Rose-Domaine-Tempier

2018 BANDOL Rosé Domaine Tempier
£28.95 | £25.95
Review: ‘Sophisticated, pale, dry Mourvèdre-blend from the Provence appellation of Bandol. Medium-bodied and silky textured with spicy strawberry and blackcurrant flavours, herbal freshness and a long finish. 13%.’

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JULY

Spectator Life, The best wines to bring back from Europe, Henry Jeffreys, 30/07/2019:

CRÉMANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
CRÉMANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
£13.95 | £12.95
Review: ‘The often superb sparkling wines of the Loire are rather unsung which makes them exceptional value for money. This blend of chenin blanc, chardonnay and cabernet franc offers mouth-watering green apples, lemon peel and a little honey, all wrapped up in the most delightfully gentle fizz.’

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The Guardian, Pinot noirs from New Zealand, David Williams, 28/07/2019:

2014-RIPPON-Rippon-Mature-Vine-Pinot-Noir
2014 RIPPON ‘Rippon’ Mature Vine Pinot Noir
£39.95 | £36.50
Review: ‘If you prefer more wild herbiness (but still with that NZ clear-sky freshness) then Central Otago is the place to go. Those characters […] reach a peak of complexity in the Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2014.’

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Decanter, Amphora wines: The joy of clay, Simon Woolf, 25/07/2019:

2016 RIOJA Camino de Santa Cruz Sierra de Toloño

2016 RIOJA Camino de Santa Cruz Sierra de Toloño
SOLD OUT (2017 vintage available instead)
Review: ‘Serious Rioja doesn’t just have to mean vanilla and toasted oak. This single-vineyard Alavesa offering from winemaker Sandra Bravo was fermented in amphora before being aged in used barrels. On the palate it’s thrillingly spicy and tannic, but so pure-fruited. The herbal character reminds me of Georgia’s traditional gvevri reds.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: beaujolais selection, Will Lyons, 21/07/2019:

RÉGNIÉ-2017-Cuvée-des-Braves-Domaine-Rochette
2017 RÉGNIÉ Cuvée des Braves Domaine Rochette
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘Rich and smooth, with a moreish silky mouthfeel, this is a top-class example from the ‘Rochette family in Régnié. The grapes are yielded from 50-year-old vines, producing an intense wine packed with dark fruit flavour.’

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The Times, THE WEEK’S BEST BUYS, Jane MacQuitty, 20/07/2019: 

2017-CANTERBURY-Pinot-Noir-The-Crater-Rim

2017 CANTERBURY Pinot Noir The Crater Rim
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘Nab this great Kiwi pinot, a lush, cranberry, truffle-scented, French oak barrique-aged ’17.’

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Joannasimon.com, WINE OF THE WEEK: Domaine Yannick Amirault Bourgueil La Coudraye 2017, Bourgueil, Franc, Joanna Simon, 11/07/2019: 

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2017 BOURGUEIL La Coudraye Domaine Yannick Amirault
£16.95 | £14.95
Review: ‘Yannick Amirault’s Bourgueil La Coudraye is a textbook example of crunchy blackcurrant and currant-leaf freshness with a streak of spice and minerally graphite flavours.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: the best value summer party bottles, Will Lyons, 07/07/2019:

2018-BANDOL-Rose-Domaine-Tempier
2018 BANDOL Rosé Domaine Tempier
£28.95 | £25.95
Review: ‘Tempier is better known for its deep reds made on steep vineyards in Provence, but it also produces a jolly good rosé. It is bone dry, with pleasing red fruit and a lovely aftertaste.’

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The Times, The 100 best wines for summer 2019, Jane MacQuitty, 06/07/2019: 

2017-REGNIE-Cuvee-des-Braves-Domaine-Rochette
2017 RÉGNIÉ Cuvée des Braves Domaine Rochette
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘Domaine Rochette’s beautiful beaujolais, made from 70-year-old vines grown in the Côte des Braves, one of the best sites in Régnié, has lashings of rich, velvety, sweet red berry and cherry fruit.’

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The Telegraph, Best bottles under £50: why the wines of ‘No Man’s Land’ offer bang for your buck, Victoria Moore, 04/07/2019: 

2014-VOLNAY-Domaine-Fernand-Laurent-Pillot
2014 VOLNAY Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
£31.95 | £28.75
Review: ‘Richer and more spicy than you might imagine, all redcurrants, black cherries and rosewood, with a good flow.’

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JUNE

matthewjukes.com, Six delicious wines this week, matched to MOB Veggie dishes in the cookery pages of Weekend Magazine, Matthew Jukes, 22/06/2019: 

2018 GODELLO Maga Karma do Sil
2018 GODELLO Maga Karma do Sil
£13.95 | £12.50
Review: ‘Godello is a mesmerising Spanish white grape from the north-western corner of the country. Juicy, perfumed, slightly-tropical but dry and fine, this is a curiously hypnotic grape and Maga is a simply stunning example. I cannot recommend this wine enough and I gave it a massive 18/20 score in my notes.’

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matthewjukes.com, Three rosés this week and a retro German Riesling, too, among others!, Matthew Jukes, 15/06/2019: 

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘ This is my favourite Italian rosé of the year and it comes from a mightily famous property in southern Tuscany. Feast your eyes on the scintillating design and then imagine that it tastes every bit as delicate and alluring as it looks with the Seared Scallops with Serrano ham!.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: the bottles that pass Will Lyons’s acid test, Will Lyons, 09/06/2019: 

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2015 MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE Vieilles Vignes Sur Lie Domaine Bruno Cormerais
SOLD OUT (2016 vintage available instead)
Review: ‘A fine example from Sèvre et Maine of a new-wave Muscadet. First impressions are of a wonderfully intense, pure wine, packed with personality and with a long, powerful, herbal finish.’

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The Times, The best rosé wines for summer, Jane MacQuitty, 08/06/2019: 

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50

Review: ‘MiP (Made in Provence) sells out every summer, so nab this palest salmon-pink, syrah-spiked 2018 now.’

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The Telegraph, 50 best wines for the summer, picked by Victoria Moore, Victoria Moore, 07/06/2019: 

2016 SAVENNIÈRES Clos de la Coulaine Château de Pierre Bise
2016 SAVENNIÈRES Clos de la Coulaine Château de Pierre Bise
SOLD OUT
Review: ‘Drinking Savennières is a niche pursuit but this is excellent chenin blanc from a good vintage. With acidity that flashes like a sharp steel blade, and notes of honey, cheese rind, dried grass and soft fruits, it’s good with fatty roast pork or fish pie.’

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2018 GARNACHA Bodegas y Viñedos Monfil
2018 GARNACHA Bodegas y Viñedos Monfil
£8.50 | £7.95
Review: ‘Bright as a strawberry coulis, uplifting to smell, and sleek and juicy rather than drying and herbal. This bright and summery red is made by a family company in Aragon in north-eastern Spain.’

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2017 GAUDOU 'EXCEPTION' MALBEC Fabrice Durou
2017 GAUDOU ‘EXCEPTION’ MALBEC Fabrice Durou
£9.95 | £8.75
Review: ‘Made from a plot of 40-year old vines growing within the Cahors appellation, but the growers choose to declassify to give them the freedom to garden and wine make as they please. Proper wine, redolent 
of earth, damsons 
and violets.’

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2017-BOURGUEIL-La-Coudraye-Domaine-Yannick-Amirault
2017 BOURGUEIL La Coudraye Domaine Yannick Amirault
£16.95 | £14.75
Review: ‘If you are a cabernet franc fan looking for a (big) step up from the Saumur above then try this wonderful Bourgueil from a very highly rated grower. It’s all here – the redcurrants, scent of cool earth and woodland undergrowth.’

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2016 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO Ginestreto Fuligni
2016 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO Ginestreto Fuligni
£25.95 | £23.50
Review: ‘I don’t really want you to buy this because I don’t want this incredibly poised and perfectly on-song vintage to run out. This atmospheric rosso has the scent of old sideboards, dried cherries, dust and tobacco. It’s a dream of a Tuscan wine that will turn chargrilled bread and oil, or porchetta, or pasta amatriciana into a feast.’

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2013 NEBBIOLO Heathcote The Hairy Arm
2013 NEBBIOLO Heathcote The Hairy Arm
SOLD OUT (2015 vintage available instead)
Review: ‘Steven Worley was a geologist before he turned to oenology, making small batches of wine from carefully selected sites. His nebbiolo is a brilliant iteration of the barolo grape – recognisable for its roses and tar, but with a sweetness and warmth. It’s the (more fruity) 2015 that’s available online but the 2013 is tasting better right now.’

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COATES & SEELY Rosé Brut Britagne
COATES & SEELY Rosé Brut Britagne
SOLD OUT
Review: ‘This sophisticated pink fizz has emerged as one of England’s finest. Its tantalising aromas of ripe raspberries, redcurrants and biscuits lead to a racy but delicate sparkling wine.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: the best bottles for summer drinking, Will Lyons, 02/07/2019:

2018 MiP* COLLECTION Premium Rosé
2018 MiP* COLLECTION Premium Rosé
£16.95 | £15.50
Review: ‘Made in Provence (MiP) has long been a favourite of Lea & Sandeman’s customer base and is well worth sharing. It’s finely balanced, with raspberry and peach on the palate.’

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matthewjukes.com, Six delicious wines from as little as a fiver this week!, Matthew Jukes, 01/06/2019: 

 2018 ARTUKE RIOJA Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke

2018 ARTUKE RIOJA Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
£11.95 | £10.75
Review: ‘ I spotted Artuke last year and it has further raised it game in the 2018 vintage. Bursting with fruit, this is a delicious, modern Rioja with masses damson-soaked energy and a lick of cinnamon spice. It’s a perfect match for the Beef fillet tournedos.’

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MAY

The Sunday Times, Wine review: the war of the best rosés, Will Lyons, 26/05/2019:

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘Break out of your rosé rut this summer and nab this lemon-zest and zingy morello cherry-edged, merlot-led Italian.’

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The Times, The best rosé wines — no, it’s not too early, Jane Mcquitty, 25/05/2019:

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti

2018 TM ROSÉ Rosato Tenuta Monteti
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘When I first tasted this Tuscan wine, I thought it could be my rosé of the summer. I haven’t changed my mind. It’s a delicious blend of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc: crisp, dry and full of feisty Italian personality.’

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The Sunday Times, Wine review: affordable bottles from Bordeaux, Will Lyons, 19/05/2019:

2018 CHÂTEAU BEAUMONT

2017 CHÂTEAU BEAUMONT LES PIERRIÈRES Blaye
SOLD OUT (2018 vintage available instead)
Review: ‘Snap up the 2017 as the producers will be moving on to the 2018 soon. This blend of sauvignon and sémillon from the Blaye subdistrict punches above its price, stimulating the senses with creamy oak, gooseberry and tangy citrus.’

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The Times, Spanish wine: more than just rioja, Jane Mcquitty, 18/05/2019:

 2016 AUTÒCTON BLANC Autòcton Celler

2016 AUTÒCTON BLANC Autòcton Celler
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘Stunning, ripe, floral, stone-fruit scented white.’

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The Telegraph, The 20 best rosé wines for summer, from Provence and beyond, Victoria Moore, 17/05/2019: 

2018 GRENACHE-CINSAULT Rosé Domaine Saint Félix

2018 GRENACHE-CINSAULT Rosé Domaine Saint Félix
£8.50 | £7.95
Review: ‘Pale pink, made from grenache and cinsault, and redolent of wild strawberries with a hint of watermelon and a slightly savoury edge. A glorious rosé at the price, from Domaine Les Yeuses in the Languedoc.’

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2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘A perennial favourite, in the pale, subtly-flavoured and herbaceous classic school of Provence rosé. A beautiful aperitif with an apparently invisible strength that becomes apparent when drunk with food.’

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2018 SANCERRE Rosé Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
2018 SANCERRE Rosé Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
£21.75 | £19.50
Review: ‘Sancerre rosé is a very particular creature – made from pinot noir, usually more like an extremely light red than a faintly coloured white, it has a sappy, juicy, cherry-like, joyful quality.’

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Jancisrobinson.com, Wine of the Week: MIP* Made In Provence Classic Rosé 2018, Richard Hemming MW, 10/05/2019: 

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence

2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘A thoroughly reliable pink for summer – or anytime.’

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Jancisrobinson.com, Does Tio Pepe En Rama age well?, Richard Hemming MW, 09/05/2019: 

TIO PEPE 2019 RELEASE En Rama Gonzales Byass

TIO PEPE 2019 RELEASE En Rama Gonzales Byass
£15.95 | £14.95
Review: ‘Salt and a bit of flor/mould flavour too – this is so similar to cheese in flavour profile! Exquisite fruit, which is beautifully crunchy and fresh, juxtaposing the funkiness. Lengthy, floral, perfumed. Compared with the older bottlings this is obviously more youthful in style, and has plenty of fuel in the tank for ageing. (RH) 15%. Drink 2019 – 2030’

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