Spring Wine Reviews

by Eve-Marie Letondel

Spring press review

Spring wine reviews from Decanter, The Telegraph, The Times & The Guardian.

Indie or supermarket wine? It pays to shop around, The Guardian, Fiona Beckett, 09/06/2023:

2018 A DOS MANOS Garnacha A Pie de Tierra

2018 A DOS MANOS Garnacha A Pie de Tierra
£15.95 | £14.50
Review: ‘Lighter than the ABV might suggest, and brimming with summer berry fruit. Scrumptious.’

MIP classic White

2022 MIP* Made in Provence Classic White Côtes de Provence Domaine des Diables
£16.95 | £14.95
Review: ‘For an unusual and delectably peachy white from Provence, meanwhile, try the MiP (Made in Provence) Classic White , which is just gorgeous. (As I’ve said many times before, it can often make sense to split the cost with friends or wine-loving neighbours.)’

Pazo di maga

2022 PAZO DA MAGA Karma do Sil
£16.95 | £15.95
Review: ‘Irresistibly bright, summery godello from Ribeira Sacra in northern Spain.’

Six great sherries, the best value drink for summer, The Times, Will Lyons, 10/05/2023:

MANZANILLA La Gitana 'En Rama' Hidalgo [2023 release]

MANZANILLA La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Hidalgo [2023 release]
£18.50 | £17.50
Review: ‘Bottled straight from the cask, the latest release of Gitana manzanilla is pale, rich and pure, combining finesse with intensity of flavour.

Six wines for the coronation — and the King’s favourite whisky, The Times, Will Lyons, 26/04/2023:

Culver Langham

LANGHAM ESTATE Culver Classic Cuvée Brut
£30.50 | £28.50
Review: ‘Langham is one of a select few English estates to rival Champagne. This cuvée has red apple and rich, buttery, toasty flavour.’

The six best cabernet francs for barbecue season, The Times, Will Lyons, 19/04/2023:

2020 CHINON Clos Guillot Domaine Bernard Baudry

2020 CHINON Clos Guillot Domaine Bernard Baudry
£27.95 | £24.95
Review: ‘Here’s an exceptional wine from an exceptional Chinon estate, carrying intense floral aromas, juicy sour cherry and vivacious acidity.’

Italian grape varieties in all their diverse glory, The Guardian, David Williams, 16/04/2023:

2021 Kerner Manni Nossing

2021 KERNER Manni Nössing
£23.95 | £21.50
Review: ‘ Certainly, it’s hard to get bored when you can, without taking very much trouble, find a different, delicious Italian wine, made from a different grape variety, for every day of the year. Recent candidates I’ve enjoyed include a bottle from the very far north, Manni Nossing Kerner 2021, a startlingly, spring-water-pure example of kerner, a German grape variety that has made a home for itself in the province of Alto-Adige.’

The best wines to pair with egg dishes, The Telegraph, Victoria Moore, 29/03/2023:


£10.95 | £9.95
Review: ‘Youthful with dark fruit, floral notes, a savoury edge and the welcome punctuation of tannin and acidity.’

Sud de France IGP Wines: Experimentation, purity and character, Decanter, 21/03/2023:

2019 TERRE RONDE Domaine le Sollier

2019 TERRE RONDE Domaine le Sollier
£13.95 | £12.50
Review: ‘An inviting and approachable blend of 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 20% Cinsault from 70-year-old vines. Lovely vibrancy and purity of fruit with blackcurrant, red cherry, topped by violets and black pepper. Touches of liquorice and garrigue add savoury complexity and refreshing flow. Certified Organic.’

2020 LA 50/50 Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot

2020 LA 50/50 Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot
£18.95 | £17.50
Review: ‘Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot brought their Burgundian savoir-faire to the Languedoc after taking over some unique plots in Côtes de Brian. Their lineage comes through in wines marked by a distinct minerality and lightness of touch, without compromising on character and flavour depth. As seen in this blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache.’