Press Reviews: March 2020

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Our latest press mentions in March include a great selection of our wines that appeared in The Telegraph’s ’50 Best’ section, a mix of some of our Italian and German wines in The Guardian and finally Jancis Robinson rated 12 of our wines for summer.

Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying any 12 bottles from this selection – in a mixed case of your design or simply by the dozen.

Jancis Robinson.com, A Lea & Sandeman summer dozen, Jancis Robinson,聽30/03/2020:

El Oso y La Alemana white Maquina y Tabla

2018 EL OSO Y LA ALEMANA White M脿quina y Tabla
拢13.95 | 拢12.95
Review: ‘Great label. Ungrafted vines grown in sand. Verdejo with a touch of Malvasia, approximately three weeks on the skins. Hugely pungent. Despite the long time on skins not remotely aggressively astringent. Honey, spice and absolutely enough acidity. Quite full bodied and with masses of character. This is quintessential new-wave Spanish white. 13.8%
Drink 2020 鈥 2024’

Rating: 17

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2018 Laderas White

2018 LADERAS DE LEONILA WHITE M脿quina y Tabla
拢15.95 | 拢13.95
Review: ‘50% Do帽a Blanca (Portugal’s S铆ria), 15% Godello and 35% Palomino, all barrel-fermented and then aged for 12 months in old French barriques with the Palomino element spending time under flor.
This tastes more of unfortified Palomino than of racy Godello to me. A slightly acquired taste unless you live in Andalucia and are used to this slightly flat style of wine. 12.5%”
Drink 2020 鈥 2022

Rating: 15.5′

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2018 MIP Made in Provence Ros茅

2019 MiP* Classic Ros茅 Made in Provence
拢10.95 | 拢10.95 (Vintage 2018)
Review:
Fresh fermentation aromas with firm fruity attack on the nose. A little bit sweet on the front palate but certainly clean enough and with sufficient body to stand up to quite a bit of food, though pretty technical. 12.5%
Drink 2020 鈥 2020’

Rating: 15.5

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ros茅 Bonbon

2019 ROS脡 BONBON C么tes de Provence Sainte Victoire Domaine des Diable
拢17.95 | 拢15.95
Review: ‘You have to look carefully to spot the Bonbon on the label of this fat bottle. 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache, including some vines planted in 1914. Clean if slightly neutral nose. A suggestion of stones and garrigue. But also a suggestion of boiled sweets.
Drink 2020 鈥 2020’

Rating: 16

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HYDROPATHE

2019 L’HYDROPATHE 脡lite Ros茅 C么tes de Provence Sainte Victoire Domaine des Diables
拢14.95 | 拢14.95 (Vintage 2018)
Review: ‘You have to look carefully to spot the Bonbon on the label of this fat bottle. 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache, including some vines planted in 1914. Clean if slightly neutral nose. A suggestion of stones and garrigue. But also a suggestion of boiled sweets.
Drink 2020 鈥 2020’

Rating: 16.5

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TM Ros茅

2019 TM ROS脡 Rosato Tenuta Monteti
拢15.95 | 拢14.50
Review: ‘Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Quite zesty with a bit more structure than a typical Provence rose. Good food wine with something to get your teeth into. A satisfying ros茅 for the table.
Drink 2020 鈥 2021’

Rating: 16.5

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2018 Beaujolais Village Domaine Rochette

2018 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES Domaine Rochette
拢13.95 | 拢12.50
Review: ‘Light nose. Grainy texture and really quite juicy and refreshing. Pure and wonderfully unadulterated. The Gamay grape, the whole grape and nothing but the grape. This is a wine that really does taste ‘natural’. GV
Drink 2020 鈥 2024′

Rating: 16.5

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2018 Cote de Brouilly Les Grilles Chevalier Metrat

2018 C脭TE DE BROUILLY Les Grill茅s Domaine Chevalier-M茅trat
拢14.50 | 拢12.95
Review: ‘Quite a deep crimson. Slightly sweet palate entry. Less transparent and ‘natural’ than the Dom Rochette Beaujolais-Villlages. Correct but not thrilling and a bit technical.
Drink 2019 鈥 2022′

Rating: 15.5

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2018-BROUILLY-Les-Mines-Domaine-Chevalier-Metrat

2018 BROUILLY Les Mines Domaine Chevalier-M茅tra
拢14.95 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘A little more ‘grunt’ on the nose than its C么te de Broullly, Les Grill茅s stablemate. Light with marked acidity and a reasonably pure expression of Gamay. Zesty enough.
Drink 2020 鈥 2024′

Rating: 16

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2018-BOURGUEIL-Cote-50-Domaine-Yannick-Amirault.

2018 BOURGUEIL Cote 50 Domaine Yannick Amirault
拢16.95 | 拢15.50
Review: ‘Fresh, rather tight and very slightly reduced nose. Light and fresh with a slightly sweet start. Refreshing but not outstanding. Scratchy texture on the finish. Could happily be served with fish and lightly chilled but aeration would do it no harm.
Drink 2020 鈥 2023’

Rating: 15.5

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2017-TERRAZAS-DE-SERAPIA-Garnacha-Maquina-y-Tabla.

2017 TERRAZAS DE SERAPIA Garnacha M脿quina y Tabla
拢16.50 | 拢14.95
Review: ‘A self-styled Vino del Pueblo.
Great label. Pale ruby. Dangerous! Edgy nose with quite high VA. Very obviously countrified Garnacha but just a tad too natural for me. A little sour rather than fruity, with an uncompromisingly bone-dry finish. I wouldn’t mind a little more fruit in the middle. Quite demanding! Pinched finish 鈥 but I do love the label.
Drink 2020 鈥 2023’

Rating: 15.5

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2018-BUGALUGS-Barossa-Shiraz-Tim-Smith-Wines.

2018 BUGALUGS Barossa Shiraz Tim Smith Wines
拢17.95 | 拢15.95
Review: ‘Deep crimson but there the resemblance to stereotypical Barossa Shiraz ends. This has the warm nose of hot-climate Shiraz as well as an array of spices, but it’s delightfully fragrant and velvet smooth with imperceptible acidity (though quite enough freshness). A real joy for current drinking with a saline finish. Way to go, South Australians! Clean and lively. I see that it’s currently out of stock and I can quite understand why. Maybe not for the long term, but such a charmer now…
Drink 2019 鈥 2022’

Rating: 15.5

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The Guardian, Great-value wines from independent shops, David Williams,聽29/03/2020:

Review:’On the other side of town, Lea & Sandeman has five shops in West London, with a range that is particularly strong in modern Italians such as a fleshy but tangy and unusually fresh and vibrant Puglian red duo from Cantine de Falco: Salento Primitivo 2018 and Salento Negroamaro 2018.

2018 PRIMITIVO Salento Cantine de Falco
SOLD OUT聽 拢9.95 | 拢8.95
Primitivo Salento Falco

2018 NEGROAMARO Salento Cantine de Falco
拢9.95 | 拢8.95

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negroamaro cantine de falco

The Guardian, Sour grapes: wines with a good tang, David Williams,聽15/03/2020:

Review:’The absolute masters of sour in red wine are the Italians. There鈥檚 an understanding that sourness can act as both a mouth-freshening agent and as a kind of base-layer around which all the other elements in the wine can circulate. So many Italian red wines have this element of the sour-tang, which may be reminiscent of the smarting of plum skins or the tartness of just-ripe cherries. The sour is a big part of the appeal in the Piedmont variety barbera, for example […] a background hum in Andrea Oberto鈥檚 glorious Barbera d鈥橝lba 2017, while the sweet-sourness of black cherries is part of the appeal in a gorgeous, supple and vibrantly juicy dolcetto from Burlotto.’
2017 BARBERA D’ALBA Andrea Oberto
SOLD OUT聽 拢17.50 | 拢15.75
2017 BARBERA D'ALBA Andrea Oberto

2018 DOLCETTO D’ALBA G B Burlotto
拢16.95 | 拢15.25

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2018 DOLCETTO D'ALBA G B Burlotto

The Telegraph, 50 best Red and White wines for 拢10 and under, Victoria Moore,聽14/03/2020:

2018 Pinede Merlot

2018 MERLOT Chemin de la Pin猫de
拢9.50 | 拢8.75
‘Merlot? Yes a Merlot but there is not one hint of jam or chocolate, no slipperiness or listlessness about this one 鈥 instead it鈥檚 a beautifully structured red that smells of redcurrant leaves and has a freshness to it. Delicious.’ (Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph)

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Primitivo Salento Falco

2018 PRIMITIVO Salento Cantine de Falco
拢9.50 | 拢8.75
‘Forged in the heat of Italy鈥檚 heel, what鈥檚 special about this Primitivo is the balance it strikes between a vibrant and warm gush of fruit (think red plums, cherries and stewed damsons) and the firm, clean edges that give it a refreshingly tart snap.’ (Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph)

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2018 Old Hands Monastrel

2018 OLD HANDS Monastrell Ecol贸gico Bodegas La Purisima
拢9.75 | 拢8.95
‘Monastrell is known as Mourv猫dre in France, where it contributes the feral/savoury quality to Bandol. Grown in eastern Spain, it has a more accessible quality, but there鈥檚 still a pleasing earthy quality. A well-cut wine that鈥檚 refined for a Monastrell at the price.’ (Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph)

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Feast Semeli

2018 SEM脡LI ‘FEAST’ Mantinia Nasiakos
拢10.95 | 拢9.95
‘Moschofilero is the grape behind this unusual and aromatic white that sings of summer. The smell is all lemon oil and rose petal 鈥 a rich fragrance with a refreshing taste. It鈥檚 great with Greek lemon potatoes and herbs.’ (Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph)

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Sauvignon Blanc Valensac

2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC Domaine de Valensac
拢9.95 | 拢8.95
‘Some Sauvignon Blanc is shrill or piercing, some reeks of freshly-mown grass, but this one is gentle and elegant, soothing and surprisingly fresh considering it comes from the south of France in a warm year. Very classy indeed.’ (Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph)

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The Guardian, Why European wines are still number one, Fiona Beckett,聽06/03/2020:

2017 Petri Pinot Noir
2017 PINOT NOIR Weingut Petri
拢12.50 | 拢10.95
‘Fruity, seductively rounded German Pinot Noir (they usually call it Sp盲tburgunder). Very good for the price.(Fiona Beckett, The Guardian)

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