Press Reviews: July 2021

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Press Reviews July

Our latest press reviews: Decanter, The Guardian, The Telegraph & Matthewjukes.com.

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.’

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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.’

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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.’

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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

FRANCIACORTA Brut Corteaura
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.’

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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.’

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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.’

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matthewjukes.com, 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.’

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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.’

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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.’

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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.’

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