Press Reviews: April 2020

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Our latest press mentions in April: Victoria Moore’s article exploring a wide array of our wines for Easter. The ros茅 season is back in the press and our latest 2019 vintage has been tasted (and approved) by The Times and The Daily Mail.

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.

The Telegraph, If you’re buying fine wine, there’s a buzz about the 2016 barolos 鈥 and for good reason, Victoria Moore,聽24/04/2020:

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: ‘All this week鈥檚 wines are from Lea & Sandeman, which has five shops in London and delivers nationwide with a minimum order value of 拢250. First up, a blissful beaujolais, richly juicy, with an exhilarating sappy vigour. Try chilled with roast chicken.

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2018 BUGALUGS Barossa Shiraz Tim Smith Wines
拢17.95 | 拢15.95
Review: ‘Envelops and saturates you with luscious (yet not heavy) flavours of mulberries, blueberries and cocoa powder.’

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2018 MIP Made in Provence Ros茅

2019 MiP* Classic Ros茅 Made in Provence
拢14.95 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘The brand-new vintage of Lea & Sandeman鈥檚 top-selling ros茅 is very pale, with a skein of gentle red berry and grapefruit scent.’

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Daily Mail, Austrian wines are of wonderful value for the quality that’s on offer and have been great for so long… so why are they not household names by now?, Olly Smith,聽23/04/2020:

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2018 RIESLING Ried K枚gl Salomon Undhof
拢19.95 | 拢17.95
Review: ‘Or splash out on one of the best white wines I鈥檝e tasted in the last few months: Salomon Undhof Ried K枚gl 2018 (13%) 拢19.95 from Lea & Sandeman. It鈥檚 a flashing blade of mineral purity 鈥 imagine frosted lime juice with a twist of lychee. ‘

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The Times, The best wine to buy online, Jane MacQuitty,聽18/04/2020:

2019 Le Petit Diable Ros茅 Domaine des Diables

2019 LE PETIT DIABLE ROS脡 Domaine des Diables
拢14.95 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘Meanwhile, Lea & Sandeman deserves a medal for keeping all five London outlets open six days a week (on shorter hours). As it鈥檚 almost ros茅 season, plump for its delicious, savoury, herby 2019 Les Petits Diables, C么tes de Provence Ros茅.’

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Daily Mail, Ros茅 days are just around the corner: A carefree glass of liquid sunshine is a great way to take off the pressure and sip splendidly into summertime, Olly Smith,聽16/04/2020:

2018 MIP Made in Provence Ros茅

2019 MiP* Classic Ros茅 Made in Provence
拢14.95 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘The delicate colour in ros茅 comes from the skins of red grapes. The longer the skins are left macerating with the juice, the darker the colour of the wine. If you press the grapes and allow the skins to have just a few short hours with the juice, you get pale ros茅, such as MIP 2019, one of my favourite pinks from Provence via Lea & Sandeman. ‘

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The Telegraph, Impeccable Easter wines to order right now, Victoria Moore,聽12/04/2020:

Review: ‘If you鈥檙e eating lamb at the weekend then a classic match is a left-bank claret. I recommend the excellent-value Ch芒teau Capbern 2015 St Estephe, Bordeaux, France or Ch芒teau Pibran Cru Bourgeois 2012 Bordeaux, France.
If you are pushing the boat out then GPL, as it鈥檚 affectionately known, from the superb 2005 vintage is drinking beautifully 鈥 Ch芒teau Grand Puy Lacoste 5猫me cru class茅 2005 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France.
Northern Rh么ne syrah is also superb with lamb and I thoroughly enjoyed the smoky notes of Domaine R茅mi Niero Saint Joseph Bois Prieur 2017 France.
If you鈥檙e having beef rather than lamb I might be tempted towards Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Italy 鈥 an atmospheric wine from a very good producer in a very good year, this smells of old leather, dried herbs, smoke, dust and sour cherries and feels deeply reassuring.
While you are on the Lea & Sandeman website I鈥檇 also slip in a few bottles of Fattoria di Magliano Heba 2016 Morellino di Scansano, Italy – a coastal sangiovese, from a superb Tuscan vintage, that tastes of damsons and sour cherries.
With such lovely weather forecast, then a few white burgundies might also be welcome. Domaine Adh茅mar et Francis Boudin Chablis 2018 France is beautifully limpid; I also rate Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Les Raspilli猫res Vir茅-Cless茅 2018 France.’

The wines:
2012 CH脗TEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois Pauillac
拢34.75 | 拢31.95 (SOLD OUT)

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2015 CH脗TEAU CAPBERN Saint Est猫phe
拢27.95 | 拢25.75

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2005 CH脗TEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5猫me Cru Class茅 Pauillac
拢129.95 | 拢120.95 (SOLD OUT)

2005 Grand Puy Lacoste

2017 SAINT JOSEPH Bois Prieur Domaine R茅mi Niero
拢33.95 | 拢29.95

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2013 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni
拢49.95 | 拢45.95

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2016 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO Heba Fattoria di Magliano
拢15.95 | 拢14.50

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2018 CHABLIS Domaine Adh茅mar et Francis Boudin
拢19.95 | 拢17.75

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2018 VIR脡-CLESS脡 Les Raspilli猫res Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
拢25.95 | 拢22.95

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Times local news, Say cheers to Easter 鈥 and to all our brilliant local drinks suppliers 鈥 by treating your tastebuds to these top tipples, James Viner,聽10/04/2020:

2018 MIP Made in Provence Ros茅
2018 MiP* Classic Ros茅 Made in Provence
拢10.95 | 拢10.95
Review: ‘Try this ravishing Proven莽al pink, a lively, syrah-grenache-cinsault pumped 鈥18, with masses of herby, floral, pink peppercorn, honeydew melon and red fruit flavours, which makes it a useful spring buffet party pink. Just the ticket for roast leg of lamb with slits stuffed with rosemary, anchovies, and garlic. Try it also with cold lamb leftovers, moussaka, pip茅rade or salade ni莽oise. Grab it by the horns.’

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The Telegraph, From social media to speed-picking, how vineyards are saving their harvests during lockdown, Victoria Moore,聽10/04/2020:

Coates Seely Britagne Brut Reserve

COATES & SEELY Reserve Brut Britagne
拢29.95 | 拢27.95
Review: ‘The question with English sparkling wines is still so often: would you buy it in preference to champagne? In this case, the answer is yes: a seriously good, elegant sparkling Hampshire wine, made from 50 per cent pinot noir, 40 per cent chardonnay and pinot meunier. There鈥檚 an offer for readers, too: for 10% off and free delivery of six bottles or more, enter the code TEL when you order on the website.’

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WISTON ESTATE 2011 Blanc de Blancs Brut
2011 WISTON ESTATE Blanc de Blancs Brut
拢42.50 | 拢39.95
Review: ‘A new, pure chardonnay, sparkling release from another excellent English estate. Order direct from the producer and you can use the code FREESHIPPING for free delivery. They鈥檙e also throwing in a Wiston sparkling wine stopper for every order of six or more bottles, so you can keep your fizz in the fridge and enjoy it over a few days.’

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