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 ros茅 wines to buy this summer, Victoria Moore, 25/05/2021:

2020 MIP Classic rose
2020 MIP* Classic Ros茅 Made in Provence
拢14.95 | 拢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 ros茅. The (more expensive) Premium is fantastic too.’

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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
拢18.95 | 拢16.95
Review: ‘Delicious young, juicy yet dusky Loire red, with velvety redcurrant cabernet franc fruit.’

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

2019 Blanc chateau de plaisance
2019 ANJOU Blanc Ch芒teau de Plaisance
拢19.50 | 拢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’

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2014 Quarts de Chaume
2014 QUARTS DE CHAUME Ch芒teau de Pierre Bise
拢33.95 per half litres| 拢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’

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

2015 CH脗TEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE Cru Bourgeois Sup茅rieur Haut M茅doc
2019 ANJOU ROUGE Sur La Butte Ch芒teau de Plaisance
拢23.50 | 拢21.25
Review: ‘Most of the en primeur hype is reserved for the members of the exclusive club of crus class茅s (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 ch芒teaux of the M茅doc (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 Cinqui猫me Cru (the bottom 18) since the ranking was drawn up for the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1855. It鈥檚 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鈥檚 2015, offering classically elegant yet deep red wines that will age and improve for many years.’

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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 Ecol贸gico Bodegas La Purisima
拢30.95 | 拢27.75
Review: ‘This Spanish red wine is made from the monastrell grape that鈥檚 native to eastern Spain (it鈥檚 also known as mourvedre in France). As the name implies, it鈥檚 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鈥檚 more than competitively priced.’

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