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 rosé 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 – and for good reason, Victoria Moore, 24/04/2020:

2018 Cote de Brouilly Les Grilles Chevalier Metrat

2018 CÔTE DE BROUILLY Les Grillés Domaine Chevalier-Métrat
£14.50 | £12.95
Review: ‘All this week’s wines are from Lea & Sandeman, which has five shops in London and delivers nationwide with a minimum order value of £250. First up, a blissful beaujolais, richly juicy, with an exhilarating sappy vigour. Try chilled with roast chicken.



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


2018 MIP Made in Provence Rosé

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


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, 23/04/2020:


2018 RIESLING Ried Kögl Salomon Undhof
£19.95 | £17.95
Review: ‘Or splash out on one of the best white wines I’ve tasted in the last few months: Salomon Undhof Ried Kögl 2018 (13%) £19.95 from Lea & Sandeman. It’s a flashing blade of mineral purity – imagine frosted lime juice with a twist of lychee. ‘


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

2019 Le Petit Diable Rosé Domaine des Diables

2019 LE PETIT DIABLE ROSÉ Domaine des Diables
£14.95 | £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’s almost rosé season, plump for its delicious, savoury, herby 2019 Les Petits Diables, Côtes de Provence Rosé.’


Daily Mail, Rosé 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, 16/04/2020:

2018 MIP Made in Provence Rosé

2019 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘The delicate colour in rosé 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 rosé, such as MIP 2019, one of my favourite pinks from Provence via Lea & Sandeman. ‘


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

Review: ‘If you’re eating lamb at the weekend then a classic match is a left-bank claret. I recommend the excellent-value Château Capbern 2015 St Estephe, Bordeaux, France or Château Pibran Cru Bourgeois 2012 Bordeaux, France.
If you are pushing the boat out then GPL, as it’s affectionately known, from the superb 2005 vintage is drinking beautifully – Château Grand Puy Lacoste 5ème cru classé 2005 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France.
Northern Rhône syrah is also superb with lamb and I thoroughly enjoyed the smoky notes of Domaine Rémi Niero Saint Joseph Bois Prieur 2017 France.
If you’re having beef rather than lamb I might be tempted towards Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Italy – 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’d 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 Adhémar et Francis Boudin Chablis 2018 France is beautifully limpid; I also rate Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Les Raspillières Viré-Clessé 2018 France.’

The wines:
2012 CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois Pauillac
£34.75 | £31.95 (SOLD OUT)


2015 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe
£27.95 | £25.75



2005 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
£129.95 | £120.95 (SOLD OUT)

2005 Grand Puy Lacoste

2017 SAINT JOSEPH Bois Prieur Domaine Rémi Niero
£33.95 | £29.95



£49.95 | £45.95



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



2018 CHABLIS Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin
£19.95 | £17.75



2018 VIRÉ-CLESSÉ Les Raspillières Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
£25.95 | £22.95




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

2018 MIP Made in Provence Rosé
2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£10.95 | £10.95
Review: ‘Try this ravishing Provençal pink, a lively, syrah-grenache-cinsault pumped ’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, pipérade or salade niçoise. Grab it by the horns.’


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

Coates Seely Britagne Brut Reserve

COATES & SEELY Reserve Brut Britagne
£29.95 | £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’s 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.’


WISTON ESTATE 2011 Blanc de Blancs Brut
2011 WISTON ESTATE Blanc de Blancs Brut
£42.50 | £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’re 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.’