Recent Reviews

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CE10751 CE10751 The Society's Exhibition Limarí Chardonnay 2019

"Really good wine; very tasty and rich - excellent."

Mr Ian Duncan ( 05-Jul-2020 )

LO15501 LO15501 Val de Loire 'Pertinence' Malbec, Réthoré Davy 2018

"Received this in a WWF Discovery case. The first thing I noticed was the aroma of blackberries. I mention this because I am not known for having a ‘nose’ for wine, so I was impressed from the off. Glorious, lovely stuff will certainly buy again. Heartily recommended."

Mr Julian Boyce ( 05-Jul-2020 )

AA2951 AA2951 Rainer Wess Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal 2019

" Avery good GV for the price in fact its probably better than some GV's with a bigger asking price does everything a GV should do very well balanced quite spicy with a hint of pepper the signature notes of a top Gruner my only thought was it maybe be a better wine in 6-12 months superb"

Mr Jonathan Wilson ( 05-Jul-2020 )

AU21141 AU21141 Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling 2013

"Quite acidic, went well with a spicy lemon chicken dish; to me the lime flavour came through on the palate more than the petrol disliked by some, but which to me is not necessarily a bad thing in moderation."

Mr Clive T Couzens ( 05-Jul-2020 )

IT29662 IT29662 Half bottle of Soave, Pieropan 2019

"This was a very pleasant surprise! I haven't drunk Soave since the 90s when every supermarket filled their shelves with it. This wasn't the tired, thin and bland stuff which we'd have on a Friday night to wash down the takeaway pizza. Lovely primary palate of white flowers, honeysuckle and lime zest were followed by a long finish of marzipan and almond pastries. Try it!"

Mr Peter Fletcher ( 05-Jul-2020 )

NZ9791 NZ9791 Mount Koinga Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

"I agree with the previous reviewer. I enjoyed drinking it. There was a strange taste that I could not identify. Not bad or of just different. Reasonable wine but nit as good as other Otago pilots"

Mr Stephen C B Tinton ( 05-Jul-2020 )

IT28371 IT28371 Langhe Nebbiolo, Rizzi 2017

"Bought this wine as the result of its performance in the annual WS tasting, and it arrived on Friday, and I opened it on the Saturday. I 'double decanted it' some 4 hours before my evening meal of Confit of duck and roast potatoes. It really sang, great fruit on the nose, and real excitement in the glass. A pleasure to drink, and so glad to have bought it."

Anthony M Gott ( 05-Jul-2020 )

RH56831 RH56831 Tavel Cuvée Prima Donna Rosé, Domaine Maby 2019

"I concur with Dr Marshall's excellent review - this is a darkly coloured (think Bordeaux Clairet) full-flavoured, rose and a very good example of Tavel which would go well with many strong foods even bouillabaise. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that stylistically I prefer the less full-on Provence style of rose."

Mr Christos Ioannou ( 05-Jul-2020 )

FC38321 FC38321 Rosé Duo des Plages, Pays d'Oc 2019


Mr James D S Mackenzie ( 04-Jul-2020 )

US8761 US8761 Delicato Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

"Wonderfully buttery and full bodied Chardonnay from Delicato - who also make the Society's Old Vine Zinfandel. If you like Chardonnay like this, you will not be disappointed! Different in style from the 'thinner' Old World variety. "

Mr Christopher J Dodd ( 04-Jul-2020 )

CB4851 CB4851 Château Ampélia, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

"This seems to be drinking perfectly to me. Harmonious and in perfect balance, lovely perfume, long finish with noticeable sweetness. More depth of flavour than I was expecting at this price. Has lived up to the 90 point en primeur review in Decanter. Absolutely lovely."

Mr Dominic Wyatt ( 04-Jul-2020 )

SA9021 SA9021 L'Avenir Grand Vin Pinotage 2010

"I was so looking forward to getting this wine and it was so disappointing. I have had three out of a case of 6 and it is not improving at all. By half way through a bottle, it loses everything it had (which was very little) and begins to taste as if the bottle has been open for 2 days. Sadly, I would be disappointed if I’d paid half the price per bottle."

Mr Philip Anderson ( 04-Jul-2020 )

AU22541 AU22541 Vasse Felix Filius Margaret River Chardonnay 2018

"I was about to say how mediocre this was then hoover up a couple more cases but it's all gone...[only joking] this was very good for the price; a little bold in showing its charm but plenty charm to show...and alas all gone..."

Mr Rory Todd ( 04-Jul-2020 )

PW8081 PW8081 The Society's Exhibition Alvarinho, Vinho Verde 2019

"This evenings wine offering is a delightful Portuguese Albarino. Its a refreshing quaffer to say the least. On the nose, aromas of green apple, gooseberry, citrus and cream. Nose intensity is medium(-). On the palate, Apple, apricot, lemon zest, a touch of minerality. Flavour intensity is medium. It has a pale yellow colour in the glass. Medium-bodied and finish. Acidity is also medium. "

Mr Paul O'Keeffe ( 04-Jul-2020 )

NZ11511 NZ11511 Zephyr Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

"A good wine without doubt. Not memorable though. Perhaps expectations had been built up as a wine champion. We did enjoy it but we didn't feel we would want to repurchase which I suppose is the bottom line."

Dr Robert J Allison ( 04-Jul-2020 )

FC38761 FC38761 The Society's Picpoul de Pinet 2019

"Just wonderful. I’m recently converted to white wine and this has everything. Well balanced, minimal acidity and most importantly, a fantastic name and label ????"

Mr Robert Clark ( 04-Jul-2020 )

FC38311 FC38311 Les Pierres Bordes, Marsanne-Viognier, Pays d'Oc 2019

"Enjoyed the neutral freshness Aperitif with nibbles works very well Fresh bread, wax cheese, terrines or whitebait Outdoors between June to August Other serving suggestions available. Have ordered a third case.... "

Mr Duncan Carr ( 04-Jul-2020 )

CE11161 CE11161 Matetic Corralillo Casablanca Valley Riesling 2019

"Wonderful discovery out of the Chile dozen. Delicious, with lots of 'tastes'. Gonna buy some more."

Dr Andrew Moore ( 04-Jul-2020 )

AU21141 AU21141 Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling 2013

" Very pleasant gold colour with a touch of green. Petrol on the nose, there was an underlying smell of sweet fruit but mostly it was just unpleasant petrol. Dry, some acidity, some fruit but mostly - petrol. Can’t drink this, it’s one for the drain. I don’t think it’s off it seems to be expected from the notes "

Mr Edmond Mandell ( 04-Jul-2020 )

FC38331 FC38331 Domaine Laborie, Pays d'Oc 2019

"I'm now on 2019 having given the 2018 4 stars. And yet again when you balance the value at this price it's an unbeatable weekday drinker. I've ordered four cases thus far and the fifth is on its way."

Mr Sammy Mansourpour ( 04-Jul-2020 )

NZ11571 NZ11571 Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

"What a lovely Pinot to drink. Light fresh with good depth of flavour. Fruity and soft tannins. Brilliant for everyday drinking. That sounds a put down. It is not. No it does not have the long last lingering flavour of over priced French or even NZ wines from well known producers or vineyards. But look at the price. So much more enjoyable than many wines of a far higher price I could go on drinking this and will."

Mr Stephen C B Tinton ( 04-Jul-2020 )

LO15331 LO15331 Val de Loire 'Collection', J. Mourat 2018

"Fragrant, fresh, juicy, and delicious. A great summer lunchtime wine - or any time for that matter. An intriguing bottle shape too!"

Miss Katherine E Douglas ( 04-Jul-2020 )

FC37661 FC37661 Gamay, Puy de Dôme, Cave Saint-Verny 2018

"Forget Beaujolais when you can get Gamay of this quality at such a great price. The only problem with this wine is it slips down too easily,! Screw cap not cork but in all honesty that is an advantage on an everyday wine"

Mr Paul Anderson ( 04-Jul-2020 )

MX20225 MX20225 Wine Champions 2020 Reds Case

"Very disappointed in the selection.sorry I bought the red case.Think I will stick to my usual Rhone reds and South of France reds.Not worth £85 .. Yours Sincerely Tony Arrowsmith,,"

Mr Anthony Arrowsmith ( 04-Jul-2020 )

PW7651 PW7651 OMG, Lisboa 2016

"Having only recently travelled to Portugal, I have come late to its wines. I've loved the jammy reds on TWS list such as Al-Ria, Old Wines in young hands, etc, so was expecting something similar here. Disappointed - we found it thin and light, (certainly not 'rich'), belying the 14% alcohol level. Not so much OMG as "why all the fuss?" First time we've ever disagreed with a TWS description, glad we only ordered one bottle."

Mr Roger De Wolf ( 04-Jul-2020 )

IT28771 IT28771 The Society's Gavi 2019

"I love Gavi and try many different shippers. This is an OK Gavi, its not that great or exciting. But its pleasant and lightweight and summer sun and a salad can pick up the wine so the whole evening is enjoyable."

Mr Anthony Johnson ( 04-Jul-2020 )

AL14841 AL14841 Sylvaner, Léon Beyer 2018

"Sylvaner is rarely poor value but this is especially good with a little more fruit concentration alongside the expected earthy mineral and high acid."

Mr Sam Yeomans ( 04-Jul-2020 )

RH51061 RH51061 Cairanne, Pierre Amadieu 2016

"Good value, warming Southern Rhone village red. The higher proportion of Mourvedre is evident in some nice brambly fruit. Worth a quick decant as it takes a little while to show all of its pleasures."

Mr Sam Yeomans ( 04-Jul-2020 )

SP14801 SP14801 Sabina Tempranillo, Navarra 2018

"Excellent. Hard to find a better wine at this price."

Mr Colin Brooks ( 04-Jul-2020 )

SP15471 SP15471 Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2019

"To my surprise and disappointment, I rather agree with those who found the 14% alcohol content overpowers the fruit. I wasn't too bothered by the bright strawberry colour or the nose which was pleasant enough, but I found the flavour a little harsh and rough edged. "

Mr Richard Alldritt ( 04-Jul-2020 )

IT29781 IT29781 Barbera del Piemonte, Amonte 2018

"Tried Wine Champion Agreed with the acidity comment in another review but this disappeared after decanting and soft, smooth cherries appear Ideal party wine"

Mr Steven Foster ( 04-Jul-2020 )

SP14801 SP14801 Sabina Tempranillo, Navarra 2018

"A good everyday Spanish red at a very good price. Very pleasant but with few of the characteristics that make Navarra wines special. To be honest, it is worth spending two or three pounds extra for a much better wine from the same area."

Nigel A Dipper Esq ( 04-Jul-2020 )

FC38341 FC38341 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2019

"Definitely "clean" but, to be honest, I found it rather acid. Maybe get some CASSIS and use it early in your evening, offering a KIR. I'd visit!"

Mr Edward R A Davis ( 04-Jul-2020 )

IT29711 IT29711 Scassabarile Marsigliana Nera Rosato, Santa Venere 2019

"This is very good with plenty of body and grip snf s nicely balanced acidity to make an excellent match with fish and summer food. Very enjoyable. "

Mr William Cullum ( 03-Jul-2020 )

FC38341 FC38341 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2019

"I don't like Sauvignon Blanc. I can't stand the smell. I could tell from the first whiff of Gooseberry that I wasn't going to like it. Very Sauvignon. If you like that you'll probably like this. "

Mrs Lydia Schleinitz ( 03-Jul-2020 )

CE11151 CE11151 Lascar Classic Central Valley Chardonnay 2019

"A good, four star wine at a ridiculously low price; easily earning it a fifth star. There are many better wines offered by the Wine Society, but very few that aren't at least double the price."

Mr Andrew Sturmey ( 03-Jul-2020 )

SP15191 SP15191 Mas Doix Salanques, Priorat 2016

"Immediate pleasure, very smooth and rounded with less of the liquorice and tar associated with many CDP. I have just ordered some more."

Mr Gavin Estcourt ( 03-Jul-2020 )

CB4851 CB4851 Château Ampélia, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

"Point taken, Ampelia 2015’s best years no doubt lie ahead. But I really like this wine: dark, full bodied and very savoury. I don’t get any of the cedary, lead pencil flavours I enjoy in a mature claret. That’s because it’s not mature yet, not in the least. But it’s a serious wine, full of flavour, the savoury and tannic qualities fill the mouth, it’s really great value for money, and I have laid down 3 cases in the Society’s cellars."

Sir Kieran Prendergast ( 03-Jul-2020 )

FC38341 FC38341 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2019

"Really enjoyable Lots of tones and flavours Thankfully not “bone “ dry Thankfully not heavy with alcohol I loved it and quickly came back for more"

Mr Robert E Mitchell ( 03-Jul-2020 )

PW8011 PW8011 The Society's Vinho Verde 2019

"Real surprise as this wine which was a budget buy in my selection with its fizz and easy drinking palate, outperforming some more expensive selections"

Mr Chris Johnson ( 03-Jul-2020 )

AA2991 AA2991 Pepp Riesling, Weinviertel 2019

"not the type of Riesling i would normally buy ;it was drinkable quite nice fruit flavours but other than that not a great wine much prefer Rieslings with minerality ;i can understand why customers buy this types of wine but ok wine "

Mr Jonathan Wilson ( 03-Jul-2020 )

BU69471 BU69471 Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Oncle Vincent 2017

"Wow. Blown away by this wine and great value. Smooth mineral taste with a bit of zest. Drank alone but would be great with chicken and fish. A definite re order from me "

Mr Mike Leigh ( 03-Jul-2020 )

FC38761 FC38761 The Society's Picpoul de Pinet 2019

"Almost a light spritz on the tongue with fresh bright fruit. Summer by the sea in the glass."

Mr Philip Gill ( 03-Jul-2020 )

PW8041 PW8041 Adega de Redondo Maré Viva Rosé, Alentejano 2019

"Now, Rose is not my thing , but with it being summer and all that took a punt on a few bottles in my last order. This is just great! Very fresh tasting with a ever so slight sweet finish which is a joy. At £6.50 a bottle this is a steal! Well done WS."

Mr John Oakley ( 03-Jul-2020 )

AU22181 AU22181 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz 2018

"Just the ticket for a pleasant easy drinking fruity big mouthful of flavour. Good with food, and equally good after on its own. We actually opened this bottle after ditching a previous disappointing Barbera, and what a relief - like swimming in a warm sea after a hot sticky walk to the beach. Delightful. I just hope we can get more in the future, definitely going onto the wish list. "

Ms Marie Du Quesnay ( 03-Jul-2020 )

IT29781 IT29781 Barbera del Piemonte, Amonte 2018

"Disappointing, very austere and unapproachable. We put it in the cupboard for cooking and opened another bottle."

Ms Marie Du Quesnay ( 03-Jul-2020 )

AU21141 AU21141 Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling 2013

"Not for me either. I was expecting a smooth Riesling like Grosset, from the Clare Valley, but agree strong petrol flavours."

Dr Edwin R Nairn ( 03-Jul-2020 )

BU75521 BU75521 Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard, Mâcon-Villages 2019

"Decent Macon well priced just not as good as the Macon La Roche Vineuse which seems to have disappeared from the website"

Mr Charles A Sturt ( 03-Jul-2020 )

GE12401 GE12401 Gewürztraminer, Weingut Jülg 2018

"A medium bodied, refreshing (not a word I usually associated with this grape) Gewurztraminer with surprisingly good acidity. Orange blossom, lemon and orange fruit with a hint of Turkish Delight. Complex enough for the price and a pleasant, lingering finish. I've tasted more expensive German and Alsatian versions that have delivered less. Drank this on its own but will buy again and have with a spicy take away."

Mr Will Irvine ( 03-Jul-2020 )

NZ11461 NZ11461 Zephyr 6 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

"I’m tempted to give this one star so that you all avoid it like COVID-19 , then, selfishly, I can order more! If you are a fan of NZ SB this is a joy, all you would expect and more. Great refreshing flavours and so very easy to polish off a bottle within a few minutes. ( With a friend that is!) Please don’t buy this Wine and save it all for me. ( And Mr Williams) ??"

Mrs Jennifer Williams ( 03-Jul-2020 )


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