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Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

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Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

I’ve just spent two afternoons tasting through the range of Waitrose, a UK-based supermarket. The range is varied and some of the buying is quite brave and imaginative, especially when compared with other supermarkets that have moved strongly in a private label direction. Here are twelve wines that I really liked, in no particular order.

Champagne Vilmart Grand Cellier Premier Cru Brut NV France
12.5% alcohol
£39.99
70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Base wine fermented in large oak. Great to see a good grower Champagne like this on the shelves (36 branches including online). This is very linear with a hint of creaminess and some pear richness, as well as taut citrus notes. Really harmonious. 92/100

Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

Domaine Sainte Amant Beaumes-de-Venise Grangeneuve 2015 Southern Rhône, France
14.5% alcohol
£15.99
Grenache, Syrah, Carignane and Viognier(10%), fermented and matured in large oak, natural ferment. This is serious, with lovely texture and floral cherry and berry fruit. Stylish with a fine-grained structure and real elegance and finesse. 93/100

Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

Cave de Saint-Désirat Saint-Joseph 2017 Northern Rhône, France
13.5% alcohol
£15.99
This is a really lovely, typical example of northern Rhône Syrah, showing fresh, vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit with more than a hint of elegance and some fine peppery notes. 91/100

Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvée Silex 2018 Loire, France
13% alcohol
£11.99
Chenin from 55 year old vines, 11 g/l residual sugar. Powerful and stony with notes of herbs, cheese and hay, as well as lively apple, pear and lemon fruit. Benchmark dry Vouvray. 91/100

Muga Selección Especial Rioja Reserva 2014 Spain
14% alcohol
£24.99
(not pictured) This is classic. Dense and spicy with lovely rich black fruits, as well as supple vanilla and cedar oak notes, showing both elegance and power. A brilliant example of Rioja. 94/100

Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

Zorah Karesi Areni Noir 2016 Armenia
14%
£24.99
Ungrafted Areni Noir planted at 1400 m on limestone-rich soils, aged for 12 months in terracotta amphorae called ‘Karas’. Fine and peppery on the nose with bright red fruits and some floral cherry hints. The palate has lovely definition with a nice peppery edge to the ripe but elegant cherry fruit. Very fine. 94/100

Some highlights from the Waitrose press tasting Jamie Goodes wine blog

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