Recent Reviews

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PW7991 PW7991 Crasto, Douro 2018

"Outstanding value for money. Beautiful balance. Blackberries and plums, citrus, a little forest floor, slightly perfumed and a dry finish. Very more-ish."

Mr Dirk Bornemann ( 23-Nov-2020 )

LO16101 LO16101 Coteaux du Layon Saint Aubin, Domaine Cady 2019

"This is possibly the worst wine that I have tasted in the last 5 years. I hate to be negative and so forthright but it really was awful; sickly sweet and barely drinkable. I'm amazed that the Wine Society is selling it"

Mr Martin Cumella ( 23-Nov-2020 )

CM23161 CM23161 Château Coufran, Haut-Médoc 2001

"I should have read the reviews before opening - ahhh! Cork disintegrated in front of me, leaving no option but to sieve the contents into a decanter. Contents were good enough, particularly when finished off with a rib of beef and Yorkshires on a damp winter's evening following some excellent international rugby. Pretty label too. Roger Armstrong"

Mr Roger Ian Armstrong ( 23-Nov-2020 )

CE11191 CE11191 Concha y Toro Corte Marcelo Limarí Pinot Noir 2019

"This is a sublime Pinot Noir considering the price point. Red fruit with a hint of leather on the nose give way to ripe red fruit with subtle oak and spice characteristics on the palate. It was even better on the second day of tasting. "

Mr Jonathan O T Stewart ( 23-Nov-2020 )

MD191 MD191 Feteascǎ Regalǎ, Château Vartely 2019

"Stone fruits with a tang of gooseberry. For the price a reasonable wine, but a little too acidic for my taste."

Mr Trevor Davies ( 23-Nov-2020 )

LO15711 LO15711 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Guénault 2019

"When I opened this wine I was a bit concerned that I had bought an oaked wine by mistake as the colour was darker than I expected. The first taste was different too. However, this is a real treat. More complex and quite different to my usual New Zealand buys. Very glad I tried something different."

Mr Chris Lloyd ( 23-Nov-2020 )

IT30761 IT30761 Baccolo Appassimento Rosso Veneto 2019

"This is a delicious, fruity wine. Very enjoyable and a bargain at the price."

Mr Chris Lloyd ( 23-Nov-2020 )

BJ8551 BJ8551 The Society’s Beaujolais-Villages 2019

"I thought this brilliant and reliable and for the price its a good easy drinker. "

Mr Bob Higgins ( 23-Nov-2020 )

BJ8481 BJ8481 The Society's Exhibition Fleurie 2019

"I enjoyed this nice fruit and fairly good finish a very decent example at a good price. "

Mr Bob Higgins ( 23-Nov-2020 )

FC38531 FC38531 The Society's Côtes de Gascogne 2019

"I am new to TWS so have tried several basic well reviewed wines to start with. This one was fresh and fruity. It took my memory of sitting outside a sunny french cafe at lunch. This is great value as far as I can tell. "

Mr Bob Higgins ( 23-Nov-2020 )

FC39561 FC39561 Les Rougeots du Clos, Gamays sur Granit, IGP Urfé 2019

"TWS describes this as a "deeply coloured, aromatic, ripe and fleshy wine from the heart of France, with hints of raspberry and blackberry". You'll be reassured to know it's not wrong, and this is an absolute beaut. "

Mr Peter Minns ( 23-Nov-2020 )

BJ7901 BJ7901 The Society’s Beaujolais-Villages 2018

"Did a side by side taste test with the Louis jadot equivalent, which is 1 or 2 pounds more. The jadot is light years better. More structure, more balance. The WS version is insipid yet at the same time aggressive on the palate. "

Mr Philip Saunders ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP15321 SP15321 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial, Rioja 2010

"I had many good wines from TWS, but this Rioja is outstanding and, I'm serious, one of the best wines I have ever tasted. Lovely nose, smooth, silky. I can't get enough. Experts tell me this winevwill get even better over the next 10-20 years. I bought enough, so just have to try one every year!"

Mr Wolfgang Kleemann ( 22-Nov-2020 )

RH54141 RH54141 Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Ferraton 2018

"A Cornas which has removed its Doc Martens and put on a pair of comfortable trainers. Excellent on its own or with food."

Dr Jon Maskill ( 22-Nov-2020 )

BJ8211 BJ8211 Château de Beauregard, Fleurie Poncié 2018

"Delicious. Lighter and less serious than the more expensive Colonies de Rochegres, but I prefer it. "

Mr Christian Hoyer Millar ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT27581 IT27581 Chianti Rúfina Riserva, Villa di Vetrice 2015

"Being a keen Chianti drinker, this wine was nice but not quite right. Sounds daft I know, but at all price points and ages this grape has an 'edge'. My everyday wines are Peppoli and Nipozzano, both Riserva's and very typical. On first tasting this wine I was sure a lot of Melot had been added but according to the description it it is Sangiovese. Shame, as I was hoping for a good Riserva at this price."

Mr Lawrence Clephane ( 22-Nov-2020 )

LE1111 LE1111 Hochar 2017

"Disgraceful !!! It does smell just like "a bottle of Port" when first opened (as per previous reviews) but, at least Port has that "warming" feeling when consumed with the extra alcohol included. I thought I would give this the benefit of the doubt, with a thorough airing , but this was still horrible. You need to just bin this whole batch. No 2017 vintage should taste this bad. "

Mr Peter Richardson ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP15881 SP15881 Pepe Mendoza Mares de Luz Monastrell Giro, Alicante 2019

"Initially the nose is closed-up, toasty, yeasty. With aeration the nose shows bramble. The mouthfeel is excellent, complex, full and satisfying, with very present yet gentle tannin and a lengthy finish that has a touch of smoke in the background. Dark fruit, blackcurrant, a hint of vanilla, herbaceous."

Mr Will Barry ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT29601 IT29601 Brindisi Rosso Vigna Flaminio, Vallone 2017

"We really enjoyed it, lovely fragrant red fruits with a delicious underpinning savouriness, a subtle and elegant wine. Really benefitted from an accidental overnight decant too! Great value, great discovery. From Mrs Rona M."

Ms Sharon Egan ( 22-Nov-2020 )

FC38341 FC38341 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2019

"Great flavour and value for money "

Miss Carly Schiff ( 22-Nov-2020 )

US9271 US9271 Pedroncelli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018

"Lovely nose: strawberry and blackcurrant. Very dry. Decent for the price. "

Prof Jeffrey Forshaw ( 22-Nov-2020 )

FC38721 FC38721 Duo du Midi, Pays d'Oc 2019

"A fabulous wine for the money. I will definitely reorder this. I enjoyed over a three day period, with a variety of different foods"

David P Walkden Esq ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP15721 SP15721 Asua Crianza Rioja, 2017

"Just had this wine with a Sunday lamb roast. Disappointed given the description of “ pronounced oak flavour”. Not a hint of oak. Rioja is becoming very overrated unless you pay £20+. Will not be buying any more of this."

Mr Richard Mather ( 22-Nov-2020 )

NZ11021 NZ11021 Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Syrah 2017

"A Gimblett Gravels classic. Very nice indeed"

Mr Brian Swift ( 22-Nov-2020 )

CM19301 CM19301 Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc 2015

"disappointing for the price. Had much better Bordeaux's from the Wine Society at under £7. Nose ok but palate lacking and depth and was quite bitter. "

Mr Alastair Allan ( 22-Nov-2020 )

AR4261 AR4261 Susana Balbo Mandala Collection Barrel Fermented Paraje Altamira Torrontés 2018

"Absolutely superb. Sweet aroma of torrontes but taste of crisp n dry. Love the unusual - keep it coming wine society!"

Mr Alan McRobb ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP14191 SP14191 Urbina Crianza, Rioja 2011

"Smooth, fruity, needs to breathe. Lovely subtle Rioja."

Mr James Bowkett ( 22-Nov-2020 )

CE11021 CE11021 Ignacio Recabarren Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc 2019

"An astonishingly good wine. It completely re-energised this jaded sav blanc palate. Much deeper structured than many marlboroughs with much longer finish and wonderfully tart gooseberry lingering notes. At the time of writing it's sold out - no surprise. Cant wait till its back on. My Riesling conversion will then just have to wait."

Mr Tim Pinder ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT30231 IT30231 The Society's Exhibition Chianti Classico 2018

"A very good 4 star from me. For the money, this is a very nice Chianti and all too often they can be a let down. This has elegance, length, complexity, good cherry fruit balanced with assertive tannin and oak. I don't think it is too drying to be honest as the fruit at the beginning is powerful so overall, it has excellent balance. I will happily buy this again. "

Mr Martin Wingate ( 22-Nov-2020 )

FC39031 FC39031 Mas Bres, Stella Blanc, Cévennes 2019

"Lovely easy drinking on a Saturday night with chicken in mustard sauce and Strictly. Full bodied and medium dry. Buttery like a proper unoaked french Chardonnay. Flavours of lemon, apple, honey and - I think - a wee bit of pineapple. Really nice wine not big and powerful but lovely Saturday night drinking. Great value for the price "

Mr Mike Robb ( 22-Nov-2020 )

RH57531 RH57531 Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l'Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2019

"Excellent viognier, I always buy French as Chile and Aus. seem to too strong in flavour."

Mr Lawrence Clephane ( 22-Nov-2020 )

GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

"Enjoyed this wine very much. Pale lemon colour. Aromatic, floral and peach with a touch of almond. Nice balance of stone fruit with a citrusy finish. Brilliant aperitif. "

Mr Shaun Hodgkins ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SH411 SH411 The Society’s Exhibition Mature Medium Dry Oloroso Blend

"Just as expected, delicious."

Mr Lawrence Clephane ( 22-Nov-2020 )

AR4211 AR4211 The Society's Exhibition Mendoza Malbec 2018

"For a wine in the exhibition range this was disappointing. It lacked the fruit hit that I associate with Malbec, and is certainly not a patch on the French one that the Society does (Pertinence). I'm trying hard with other Malbecs, but at the moment I can do little better than the supermarket Beefsteak one at £5.95"

Dr Jeremy Platt ( 22-Nov-2020 )

GR1711 GR1711 Semeli Feast Red 2018

"Bit disappointing. Perfectly palatable, but rather lacking in character and body. Like a cheap Italian wine."

Dr Jeremy Platt ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP15761 SP15761 Fefiñanes Albariño, Rías Baixas 2019

"What a wonderful wine! Crisp acid, citrus, apples, and pears in abundance all in perfect balance. Lovely floral and citrus nose, and a good finish. The best Albariño I've had. And, a bargain!"

Prof David Jaeger ( 22-Nov-2020 )

SP15721 SP15721 Asua Crianza Rioja, 2017

"I'm afraid I will add more division on this wine. Only bought two bottles to try it and I'm glad I did. For me it doesn't taste anything like a Rioja, in fact it has no nose. With the second bottle I will decant for a couple of hours and hope for the best ."

Mr Wolfgang Kleemann ( 22-Nov-2020 )

MD201 MD201 Viorica, Château Vartely 2019

"This is the first Moldovan wine I've ever tried and, if this is indicative, it certainly won't be the last. Light, crisp, with good acidity but also wonderfully aromatic - lemon, peach and apricot at first, with apple and floral notes as it warmed up. It reminded me of a cross between Muscat and Moschofilero - a very good thing in my book! I would happily pay twice the price but as it stands, it's truly outstanding value for money."

Ms Rachel Sloan ( 22-Nov-2020 )

FC39391 FC39391 Plaimont, Moonseng Merlot-Manseng Noir, Côtes de Gascogne 2018

"Initially fruit and spice on the nose. This follows through on tasting with bright flavours of cherry and raspberry to the fore. But the fruit is very quickly replaced by an overwhelming hit of astringency and some bitterness which really dries your mouth out. Not very pleasant and I couldn't drink much of it. Having said that, it was a "speculative" purchase so I'm not upset. It's nice to try some different wines, just a shame this wasn't to my taste."

Mr Arthur Butler ( 22-Nov-2020 )

NZ12131 NZ12131 Zephyr 6 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

"Pleasant characterful wine, with good aroma."

Prof David Wooff ( 22-Nov-2020 )

CE11191 CE11191 Concha y Toro Corte Marcelo Limarí Pinot Noir 2019

"A absolutely stunning Pinot and it’s not French,. Tremendous value and with loads of fruit. Being over critical maybe slightly dry but that hasn’t stopped me buying another case. When I ordered I was slightly concerned about the high alcohol content but I needn’t have worried. Smooth, fresh and well balanced. Well done WS"

Mr Paul Anderson ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT28751 IT28751 Piemonte Cortese 2019

"Excellent wine for the price. Crisp (but not too dry) and lemony. Will be buying it again."

Mr Paul Bramley ( 22-Nov-2020 )

BE2111 BE2111 Drink'in The Sun Alcohol Free Pale Ale Mikkeller Denmark 33cl

"Undoubtedly the tastiest low-alcohol beer I have tasted (& I have tasted a few!) but also the most expensive low-alcohol beer I have tasted. You pays your money and you takes your choice!"

Dr Andrew Davie ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT29511 IT29511 Greco Basilicata Le Ralle, Alovini 2019

"At this price point this is a perfectly acceptable wine with a nice strong flavour. I'd recommend for casual drinking and would welcomely serve at a dinner with friends. "

Mr Simon Kelly ( 22-Nov-2020 )

AL15531 AL15531 Pinot Noir Réserve, Trimbach 2018

"I enjoyed this wine, but it was on the ok side of good, so won't be re-ordering. In my opinion, the cheaper Moselle Les Hautes Bassieres Pinot Noir Ch de Vaux (WS please get some more), and slightly more expensive Pinot Noir, Coteaux du Grésivaudan, Domaine Finot (ditto) have more of the charming, silky subtle perfume that I love in PN's."

Mr Peter Minns ( 22-Nov-2020 )

IT29591 IT29591 Salice Salentino Riserva, Vallone 2016

"Lovely for the price. Definitely decant and give it a good half hour. Not the biggest fruit but a satisfying wine. "

Mr Michael Bonar ( 22-Nov-2020 )

CM14171 CM14171 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 2009

"Struck me as a middle weight 'Old School' Pauillac with cedar leading fruit, so more cigar box/pencil shavings than cassis/violets. Perfectly good of its type though whether it offers value for money is down to personal taste."

Mr Lindsay C J Mercer ( 22-Nov-2020 )

CB5961 CB5961 Château Lary Tagot, Bordeaux 2018

"A very enjoyable full red, without any oak flavour. Benefited from being opened an hour before drinking . Good value ."

Mr Michael Ricketts ( 22-Nov-2020 )

FC39391 FC39391 Plaimont, Moonseng Merlot-Manseng Noir, Côtes de Gascogne 2018

"This is really going to polarise opinion! It's super fruity on the nose and as it warms up, lots of sour cherry. It's however very light and no real tannin. As a result, very easy to drink on its own and I do think this would make a great summer red. I think fans of Beaujolais may enjoy this, or fans of older style Italian reds. If you're into your huge reds I suspect you won't be a fan but I really enjoyed this as something different."

Ms Katy Benson ( 21-Nov-2020 )

FC39731 FC39731 Minervois, Plaisir d'Eulalie, Château Sainte Eulalie 2019

"Wonderful example of a Languedoc & Roussillon wine. Ripe and smooth, velvety on the mouth and full bodied. I had it with Pheasant, lovely. Very moorish and will buy again and again. Good value for money. "

Mr Ravi Rangreji ( 21-Nov-2020 )


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