Press Reviews: May 2021

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Press Reviews May

Our latest press reviews: The Times, The Telegraph, Decanter Magazine, The Guardian & The Independent.

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 20 best rosé wines to buy this summer, Victoria Moore, 25/05/2021:

2020 MIP Classic rose
2020 MIP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘MiP stands for Made in Provence, a brilliant range of wines produced by Guillaume and Virginie Philip. I love the Classic for its silkiness. A great house Provence rosé. The (more expensive) Premium is fantastic too.’


The Times, Jane MacQuitty,14/05/2021:

2018 SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL La Source Domaine Yannick Amirault
2018 SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL La Source Domaine Yannick Amirault | Sold Out
£18.95 | £16.95
Review: ‘Delicious young, juicy yet dusky Loire red, with velvety redcurrant cabernet franc fruit.’


Decanter Magazine, Loire Valley Chenin Blanc: a style guide, Natalie Earl, 04/05/2021:

2019 Blanc chateau de plaisance
2019 ANJOU Blanc Château de Plaisance
£19.50 | £17.50
Review: ‘Open and intense on the nose, filling the nostrils with jasmine, lillies and white blossom. It oozes with juicy peaches dunked into the honeypot. There is a sweet delicacy on the palate, and a slightly oily texture fills the mouth. An ounce of bitterness adds interest on the finish. The acidity isn’t as high as initially expected, but it’s a nice drop.
Rating: 92
Drinking: 2021-2024’


2014 Quarts de Chaume
2014 QUARTS DE CHAUME Château de Pierre Bise
£33.95 per half litres| £30.50per half litres
Review: ‘Disctinctly orange-coloured in the glass, with an intense and beguiling bouquet. There’s a definite savoury element to the fore: lanolin, hay and a touch of smoke. The palate is enticing, fiery, with ginger and candied orange peel dripping from the glass. The flavours evolve as they float across the tongue – now dried orange, now almond, now panettone. It’s rich and thick in the mouth and reminds me of apricot jam or marmalade. The acidity could be a little higher to sweet away this sweetness, but it feels in balance.
Rating: 94
Drinking: 2021-2094’


The Guardian, Best bargain wines from Bordeaux, David Williams, 02/05/2021:

2015 CHÂTEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc
2019 ANJOU ROUGE Sur La Butte Château de Plaisance
£23.50 | £21.25
Review: ‘Most of the en primeur hype is reserved for the members of the exclusive club of crus classés (literally classed growths) that occupy the top tier of Bordeaux. This club has been set in stone for getting on for 170 years, with the 59 top châteaux of the Médoc (plus one from Graves) in the Left Bank region south of the Garonne River being fixed in divisions from Premier Cru (the top five estates including Latour and Lafite) to Cinquième Cru (the bottom 18) since the ranking was drawn up for the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1855. It’s hard, especially in good vintages (such as 2020 seems, on my limited tasting, to be), to find value in that Top 60. But there are excellent wines to be found in the next level down, with the best Cru Bourgeois, such as Cambon La Pelouse’s 2015, offering classically elegant yet deep red wines that will age and improve for many years.’


The Independent, 10 best boxed wines that are as eco-friendly as they are delicious, John Clarke, 01/05/2021:

Old hands BIB
2019 OLD HANDS Monastrell Ecológico Bodegas La Purisima
£30.95 | £27.75
Review: ‘This Spanish red wine is made from the monastrell grape that’s native to eastern Spain (it’s also known as mourvedre in France). As the name implies, it’s organically grown by a group of farmers who originally came together in a collective in Yecla in Murcia with a single-minded ambition to produce great wines.
Subtle but spicy it brings a taste of the aromatic herbs that surround the vineyards to the table in a pleasing and balanced way, with lots of cherry and red fruit flavours on the tongue. And with this box being the equivalent of four bottles it’s more than competitively priced.’