Press Reviews: July 2021

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Press Reviews July

Our latest press reviews: Decanter, The Guardian, The Telegraph &

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.

Country Life, 10 of the best rosé wines for summer, Harry Eyres, 30/07/2021:

2019 Clarete rose maquina y tabla

2019 PÁRAMOS DE NICASIA ROSÉ Clarete Màquina y Tabla
£16.95 | £14.95
Review: ‘Now for something completely different — this is a biodynamic rosé from a single vineyard of old, bush-cultivated Tinta del País, Garnacha and Malvasía vines in Toro, north-west Spain, made by defiantly unmodern methods. The result is truly exciting, a positive, orangey-pink in colour, with a fascinating complex nose, quite full and very pleasurable on the palate. It’s a proper wine, in other words, good on its own, but robust enough to partner quite spicy food.’


Chilworth Manor Rosé

2020 ROSÉ Chilworth Manor Vineyard
£21.95 | £20.95
Review: ‘At the other extreme in style is this exhilaratingly fresh blend of 51% Pinot Meunier and 49% Pinot Noir from the Surrey Hills. The damp-hedgerow bouquet is followed by red fruit (redcurrant) and flowers on the palate — all in a lightweight frame and coming in at 12% alcohol, perhaps a relief after the 14% powerhouses.’


Reine des bois tavel

2020 TAVEL Rosé Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
£26.50 | £23.95
Review: ‘This is a magnificent, deep-coloured, raspberry-scented and voluptuous rosé from the Rhône appellation, which has always been famed for the most serious pink wines and the ones that benefit most from ageing. Utterly un-Provence-like, this biodynamically farmed blend of five grape varieties is thrillingly precise and sensuous. Worth every penny.’


The Sunday Times, 25 of 2021’s best sparkling wines under £40, from £10 cava to champagne and English fizz, Will Lyons, 28/07/2021:

Franciacorta brut

£20.95 | £18.95
Review: ‘Up in the northern Lombardy region of Italy, franciacorta has forged a reputation as a rival to champagne in style and quality. This example has discreet notes of citrus and white fruit, with a generous creamy texture.’


The Telegraph, 25 of 2021’s best sparkling wines under £40, from £10 cava to champagne and English fizz, Susy Atkins, 25/07/2021:

Cremant de Loire Hauts Perrays

CRÉMANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
£14.50 | £13.50
Review: ‘Top quality crémant made mainly from chenin blanc, delivering crunchy apple and lime zest, mineral-fresh, pure and clean. It’s a fine aperitif on a hot summer’s evening and gives many “bargain” champagnes a run for their money.’


Culver Langham

LANGHAM ESTATE Culver Classic Cuvée Brut
£27.50 | £25.75
Review: ‘Beautifully crafted Dorset fizz, 55 per cent pinot noir, which shows in the raspberry aroma, and layers of red apple and black cherry ice cream. Tiny satin-like bubbles and crisp acidity on the finish. And for such quality, £27.50 is actually very good value.’

VIEW WINE, An epic Chinon, a foodie rosé and a white from Provence in the mix this week, Matthew Jukes, 10/07/2021:

2020 MIP Rosé

2020 MIP* Classic White Côtes de Provence Domaine des Diables
£14.95 | £13.50
Review: ‘Calm, herbal and lemon blossom-scented, this is a delicious wine and it shows that top Provence whites can be every bit as exciting as the rosés.’


The Telegraph, Why picpoul de pinet should be your go-to wine this summer, and the best bottles to buy, Susy Atkins, 09/07/2021:

2020 Picpoul reine juliette

2020 PICPOUL DE PINET Domaine Reine Juliette
£11.50 | £10.50
Review: ‘There’s some lovely delicate fruit here – a scent of sweet apples, a flavour of pears, and even a dab of honey, but the wine ends on a dry note and has a bit more texture than some, so chill it for fish in a light creamy sauce, perhaps.’


The Guardian, There’s more to southern French rosés than Provence, Fiona Beckett, 09/07/2021:

2020 Bandol rose tempier half

2020 BANDOL Rosé Domaine Tempier
£15.50 | £13.95 (Half-bottle)
Review: ‘One of the most iconic rosés. Perfect with Provençal food and can also be aged. Half-bottles are particularly tempting, if you can nail one.’


Decanter, English sparkling: making waves, Olivia Mason, 05/07/2021:

2013 WISTON ESTATE Cuvée Brut 2020 Limited Release

2013 WISTON ESTATE Cuvée Brut 2020 Limited Release
£110.00 | £104.95 (Magnum)
Review: ‘Beautiful nose with sweet autolytic character, caramel, ripe stone fruit, pear juice and salted bread notes to finish, with a full and harmonious richness of texture and good persistence.’