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 ros茅 wines for summer, Harry Eyres, 30/07/2021:

2019 Clarete rose maquina y tabla

2019 P脕RAMOS DE NICASIA ROS脡 Clarete M脿quina y Tabla
拢16.95 | 拢14.95
Review: ‘Now for something completely different 鈥 this is a biodynamic ros茅 from a single vineyard of old, bush-cultivated Tinta del Pa铆s, Garnacha and Malvas铆a 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鈥檚 a proper wine, in other words, good on its own, but robust enough to partner quite spicy food.’


Chilworth Manor Ros茅

2020 ROS脡 Chilworth Manor Vineyard
拢21.95 | 拢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 鈥 all in a lightweight frame and coming in at 12% alcohol, perhaps a relief after the 14% powerhouses.’


Reine des bois tavel

2020 TAVEL Ros茅 Cuv茅e de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordor茅e
拢26.50 | 拢23.95
Review: ‘This is a magnificent, deep-coloured, raspberry-scented and voluptuous ros茅 from the Rh么ne 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 拢40, from 拢10 cava to champagne and English fizz, Will Lyons, 28/07/2021:

Franciacorta brut

拢20.95 | 拢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 拢40, from 拢10 cava to champagne and English fizz, Susy Atkins, 25/07/2021:

Cremant de Loire Hauts Perrays

CR脡MANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
拢14.50 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘Top quality cr茅mant made mainly from chenin blanc, delivering crunchy apple and lime zest, mineral-fresh, pure and clean. It鈥檚 a fine aperitif on a hot summer鈥檚 evening and gives many 鈥渂argain鈥 champagnes a run for their money.’


Culver Langham

LANGHAM ESTATE Culver Classic Cuv茅e Brut
拢27.50 | 拢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, 拢27.50 is actually very good value.’

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

2020 MIP Ros茅

2020 MIP* Classic White C么tes de Provence Domaine des Diables
拢14.95 | 拢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 ros茅s.’


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
拢11.50 | 拢10.50
Review: ‘There鈥檚 some lovely delicate fruit here 鈥 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鈥檚 more to southern French ros茅s than Provence, Fiona Beckett, 09/07/2021:

2020 Bandol rose tempier half

2020 BANDOL Ros茅 Domaine Tempier
拢15.50 | 拢13.95 (Half-bottle)
Review: ‘One of the most iconic ros茅s. Perfect with Proven莽al 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 Cuv茅e Brut 2020 Limited Release

2013 WISTON ESTATE Cuv茅e Brut 2020 Limited Release
拢110.00 | 拢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.’