Press Reviews: September

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Press Reviews september

Our latest press reviews: The Scotsman, Matthewjukes.com & The Times.

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 Sunday Times, The best wines to buy this month, Will Lyons, 29/09/2021:

Culver Langham

LANGHAM ESTATE Culver Classic Cuvée Brut
£27.50 | £25.75
Review: ‘Langham was one of the standout estates at this year’s WineGB tasting. Tommy Grimshaw crafts beautifully textured wines and this cuvée is no exception: bright and elegant, with a hint of wild flowers and apple.’

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The Times, How to choose a great malbec, Jane MacQuitty, 24/09/2021:

Malbec Cahors

2020 GAUDOU ‘EXCEPTION’ MALBEC Fabrice Durou
£9.95 | £8.95
Review: ‘Great-value, with lots of vibrant creosote and loganberry-spiced fruit.’

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2015 Cuvelier Coleccion

2015 COLÉCCION Cuvelier los Andes
£24.95 | £22.50
Review: ‘Check out one of the Bordeaux Cuvelier family’s Argentine offerings, the 2015 Coleccion Cuvelier Los Andes, with its bold, burnt bramble fruit and 14.5 per cent alcohol, topped up with syrah, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon.’

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matthewjukes.com, Matthew Jukes, 24/09/2021:

2017 Sino quinta da romaneira

2017 SINO DA ROMANEIRA Quinta da Romaneira
£17.95 | £15.95
Review: ‘I find myself talking up great wines every single day; after all, it’s my job. Last year I talked up 2016 Quinta da Romaneira Reserva on this very page, and it is a magnificent wine slowly evolving into a Titan of the Douro. The 2017 vintages are in stock this year, and at thirty fewer pounds per bottle, this grand estate’s ‘Sino’ is sounding genuine alarm bells in the wine trade. So, in contrast to my lifelong, spend-more-and-spend-accurately mantra, I am genuinely talking you down this week so you can experience a thrilling red wine with a thoroughly reasonable price tag. Romaneira is run by Christian Seely, MD of AXA Millésimes, which controls the interests of legendary estates such as Châteaux Pichon Baron and Suduiraut as well as super-star Douro leviathan, Quinta do Noval. Carlos Agrellos makes Romaneira’s Ports and wines and while this is a small property and a less starry name than many, the wines crafted here are stunning. Sino is made from traditional varieties Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Tinto Cão, it is matured in old oak for ten months, and it sports a thoroughly genial 13.5% alcohol level. It is a pure and sonorous wine with immediate charm and drinkability. It is an epic advert for approachable classic Douro red wines, and there is more than a smattering of claret-like flair here – not surprising given Christian’s vinous heritage. So, apologies in advance for saving you some cash this week with this incredibly alluring, autumnal red wine.’

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The Scotsman, NEW ITALIAN WINE DISCOVERIES, Rose Murray Brown MW, 13/09/2021:

2018 BIANCO DI SEI Etna Bianco Palmento Costanzo

2018 BIANCO DI SEI Etna Bianco Palmento Costanzo
£25.95 | £22.50
Review: ‘Superb example made from local Sicilian Carricante grape grown organically at 800 metres on Etna’s volcanic sand with a little Cataratto to add crispness and zip. The old Palmento Costanzo winery, in Passopisciaro on Etna’s northern slopes, has crafted a limey ripe dense white with full ripe mango and pineapple and taut mineral tension.’

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