Press Reviews: July 2020

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Our latest press mentions in July: The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardia, The Daily Mail, The Independent & Matthew Jukes.

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, The best sparkling wines to buy this summer, Victoria Moore, 31/07/2020:

2018 KAAPSE VONKEL Brut Simonsig Estate
拢15.95 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘2018 was a serious drought vintage in the Cape but Simonsig pulled off an adroit, classy sparkling wine. Made from the champagne grapes, it majors on chardonnay (55%), with 43% pinot noir and a dash of pinot meunier.’



The Guardian, Soft white wines that pack a punch, David Williams, 26/07/2020:

2018 Chablis domaine des hates
2018 CHABLIS Domaine des H芒tes
拢20.95 | 拢18.75
Review: ‘To refresh and accompany fish on a hot summer evening from the generous 2018 vintage the almost electrically charged but exquisitely polished Domaine des H芒tes Chablis 2018’


The Sunday Times, Wine review: the best pinot noir to buy now, Will Lyons, 26/07/2020:

2018 Puy de Dome Caves de Verny
2018 PUY-DE-D脭ME PINOT NOIR Cave de Verny
拢11.50 | 拢10.75
Review: ‘Understated country wine can be a joy when crafted by the French 鈥 in this case the growers of Cave St Verny in the mountainous Auvergne region. Well balanced, robust and packed with fruit, this is worth seeking out.’


The Times, This week鈥檚 star wines (Seltzers: my top tip for summer picnics), Jane MacQuitty, 25/07/2020:

2018 Petit Chablis Domaine Pommier
2018 PETIT CHABLIS Hauterivien Domaine Denis Pommier
拢20.75 | 拢18.75
Review: ‘The Pommiers鈥 organic chablis are a joy, and even this steely, leafy petit chablis hits the heights.’

VIEW WINE, First taste: Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port 2018, Sarah Ahmed, 15/07/2020:

2018 Quinta Da Romaneira Vintage Port
拢160.00 per 6 In Bond
Review: ‘An open knit, relatively broad, soft palate with perfumed, sweet, ripe wild bilberry and mulberry to nose and chocolatey palate, with savoury black olive and grainy, graphite tannins. On day two, violet, black pepper and orange blossom notes emerge, with dried herbs on day three. Upfront, if lacking a little freshness. A medium-term prospect. 19.5% 555 cases of the 2018 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port were bottled. Imported and retailed by Lea & Sandeman 鈥 拢160/6 bottles in bond/en primeu.’


The Independent, Bastille Day: Honour your inner Alain Ducasse and cook up a French feast, Louise Whitbread, 13/07/2020:

2019 L’HYDROPATHE 脡lite Ros茅 C么tes de Provence Sainte Victoire Domaine des Diables
拢19.95 | 拢17.95
Review: ‘In our guide to the best C么tes de Provence ros茅s, we loved L’Hydropathe 茅lite ros茅 Sainte Victoire domaine de diables 2019 (Lea & Sandeman, 拢19.95) made in vineyards owned and run by Guillaume and Virginie Philip at the foot of Mont Saint-Victoire.’


The Telegraph, The 50 best summer wines, Victoria Moore, 11/07/2020:

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2018 C脭TE DE BROUILLY Les Grill茅s Domaine Chevalier-M茅trat
拢14.50 | 拢12.95
Review: ‘A family domaine making superb wines. This is gloriously perfumed with a sappy vitality. Pop it in the fridge for half an hour before opening to give it a bit of edge.’


2016 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO Heba Fattoria di Magliano-Large

2016 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO Heba Fattoria di Magliano
拢15.95 | 拢14.50
Review: ‘Morellino is the name given to sangiovese in the coastal region of the Maremma, where this is made. It鈥檚 very different to a central Tuscan sangiovese 鈥 like roasted and stewed damsons with hints of thyme. Gorgeously juicy.’


2018 BOURGUEIL Cote 50 Domaine Yannick AmiraultOriginal

2018 BOURGUEIL Cote 50 Domaine Yannick Amirault
拢16.95 | 拢15.50
Review: ‘Cabernet franc as you dream of it: sumptuous yet also fresh, like cushions of summer berries with a leafy fragrance.’


The Daily Mail, Two wonderfully contrasting Verdicchios and a 4th July Californian blockbuster this week!, Matthew Jukes, 04/07/2020:

2018 VERDICCHIO CLASSICO SUPERIORE Classico Superiore dei Castelli di Jesi Andrea Felici
2018 VERDICCHIO CLASSICO SUPERIORE Classico Superiore dei Castelli di Jesi Andrea Felici
拢17.95 | 拢16.50
Review: ‘The Verdicchio grape is usually light, smooth, refreshing and elegant, but Felici’s version is simply mesmerising with an extra dimension if haunting pear juice fruit and a longer finish that I could have ever expected. This is one of the most expression and impressive versions of this grape I have tasted in years. ‘


The Times, The 100 best wines for summer 2020 | Reds, Jane MacQuitty, 04/07/2020:

2018 Chaval
2018 CHAVAL Bobal ‘Ecologica’ Bodegas Nodus
拢8.50 | 拢7.50
Review: ‘Organic, vegan and vegetarian-approved, this rich, peppery, rustic red is made from the quirky, indigenous, but really rather delicious bobal grape; fermented cool in stainless steel to preserve all its black-plum fruit, this young, unoaked red ticks all the contemporary Spanish boxes.’


2018 Monfils Garnacha
2018 GARNACHA Bodegas y Vi帽edos Monfil
拢8.50 | 拢7.95
Review: ‘Tuck into this glorious, vibrant, rose-petal and stewed strawberry-sweet garnacha 鈥 one and the same as grenache 鈥 with garlicky charcuterie, and you and yours will have a great time. It comes from the deep stony soil of Cari帽ena, one of the earliest places in Spain to be demarcated.’


Money Week, A new dawn for Douro reds, Matthew Jukes, 04/07/2020:

2016 Quinta Da Romaneira Reserva
拢49.95 | 拢44.50
Review: ‘It has been a long wait for the guardians of the Douro Valley to make truly awesome red wines. While Port is, rightly, the focus for this historic wine region, the famous houses have all been trying to crack the red-wine code for a good many years. Prats & Symington (the amalgamation of Bordeaux maven Bruno Prats and the Symington family, owners of Dow鈥檚, Graham鈥檚. Cockburn鈥檚 and Warre鈥檚, among others) come closest with Chryseia, which often hits the spot and gets serious red fans and collectors excited.

I have tasted a lot of wannabe Douro red heroes and they often seem to lack polish and sophistication. Granted,they are inky, powerful and long-lived 鈥 a few but not all of the ingredients for collectable wine 鈥 but they are usually missing vital parts, namely control, balance and finesse, which Burgundy, Bordeaux and even the great Northern Rh么nes have in spades.

Just the other day I tasted the current release 2016 and soon to be released 2017 (due out at the end of this month) Reservas from Romaneira and I could not believe it. Both weighing in at a fit 13.5% alcohol, and with the meticulous build-quality of top Left Bank clarets, but with the heady touriga nacional and franca perfumes and flavours, these wines are sensational. The 2016 is more foursquare and pensive, while the 2017 is pure liquid charm. A new Douro dawn has arrived. ‘