Recent Reviews

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

"I have to concur with Mrs McEvoy and Mr Wilders. The Society's White Burgundy has been our every day white wine for some time and has never disappointed. However, the Talmard Macon-Villages has significantly more fruit and depth for a very modest additional outlay and my wife and I both agree that it is more than worth the additional £1 and represents remarkable value for money."

Mr Stephen Priestman ( 20-Sep-2020 )

NZ11581 NZ11581 Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Pinot Noir 2019

"The first ‘miss’ I have ordered from TWS - thin, watery and acidic. Quite unpleasant. "

Mr Matt Lucas ( 20-Sep-2020 )

IT28721 IT28721 The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2016

"We drank 2 bottles with a Sunday roast. Probably better suited to med or lighter style food but agree it's a very pleasant slugger. "

Mr Nigel Meadows ( 20-Sep-2020 )

NZ11241 NZ11241 Stoneburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

"Really enjoyed this wine. Crisp and fruity. Served nice and chilled on a hot day with chicken... lovely"

Mr Paul Keating ( 20-Sep-2020 )

CM16791 CM16791 Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc 2012

"Had this as part of a small wonders case and really enjoyed it. Has depth and softness with a long finish. "

Mr Iain Robertson ( 20-Sep-2020 )

IT29951 IT29951 Aglianico del Vulture, Le Ralle 2017

"A gorgeous easy-drinking red, typical of the grape and region. Excellent value for money. I received a bottle of this in the Backing the Growers mixed case, but will definitely be ordering some more as an everyday wine."

Mr Robin M Blaney ( 20-Sep-2020 )

TU181 TU181 Narince Vinkara 2017

"Always good to try an unusual wine in terms of UK availability. This was a bit bland but OK. I like Narince & had a very good one - perhaps Ephesus - at an Ipswich restaurant (Ocean Platter) last week. So maybe the Wine Society needs to look harder for a better one to stock."

Mrs Mary E Jones ( 20-Sep-2020 )

IT29561 IT29561 Moscato d'Asti Elio Perrone 2019

"A fun and enjoyable wine. Very light and fruity which we really enjoyed as an aperitif. As one might expect from a Moscato D'Asti, very sweet but isn't too intense! "

Mr Charles Mitchell ( 20-Sep-2020 )

US9141 US9141 Peltier Road Californian Sauvignon Blanc 2019

"I do not like Sauvignon Blanc particularly but this wine is eminently drinkable - great quality."

Mrs Mary E Jones ( 20-Sep-2020 )

US8771 US8771 Farmhouse Californian White 2018

"Excellent chardonnay of a superior quality. No oak is great as far as I am concerned."

Mrs Mary E Jones ( 20-Sep-2020 )

US8671 US8671 Milbrandt Ancient Lakes Washington Riesling 2017

"Insipid, acidic & tart. My wife , who is more appreciative of such wines, took 2 hours to drink one glass. In the end I topped it up with Spatlese to make it drinkable. I love wines from the USA but I would avoid this one which tastes like a typical over-priced French Riesling."

Mrs Mary E Jones ( 20-Sep-2020 )

BJ7991 BJ7991 Stéphane Aviron, Beaujolais Quincié 2018

"Like the gentleman who have commented already ...I agree entirely with the views expressed. I would recommend this wine. (Dr) Roy Partington"

Dr Frederick R Partington ( 20-Sep-2020 )

FC36301 FC36301 Corbières Le 3 de Castelmaure 2015

"This is superb. I can't do better than the general descriptors, rich, spicy and round. A lovely wine and in m y view, worth every penny of the £22 per bottle. "

Mr Terry McAuliffe ( 20-Sep-2020 )

GR1571 GR1571 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2018

"A good example of the xinomavro grape. Fruity but a little tight. A bit like a mixture of Gamay and Pinot Noir. Goes well with roast lamb or stew. I haven;t tried it chilled, as some people suggest. Next time I'll do that. Come on, Wine Society, let's have more Greek wine."

Mr David Blake ( 20-Sep-2020 )

BW3551 BW3551 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2008

"Just opened a bottle of their 2003 which I purchased Dec 2009 . It was a truly memorable wine. Only cost £48 so now wish I had bought a case . Hope that's some help for those never tasted this Pessac blanc from Domaine de Chevalier "

Mr W G Foulkes ( 20-Sep-2020 )

CM16791 CM16791 Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc 2012

"So it's from a good but not great chateau, located in a good but not great terroir (Haut Medoc), from a good but not great vintage (2012). Guess what? It's good, but it's not great. Very pleasurable Bordeaux, but - for my tastebuds at least - the vanilla of the oak is integrated, but slightly too intrusive on the fruit. It was absolutely fine with a Sunday roast chicken. Good, but not great."

Rev Robert Stanier ( 20-Sep-2020 )

IT26151 IT26151 Chianti Classico, Volpaia 2016

"Lots to like with this Chianti. And very good value! "

Mr Darren Cooper ( 20-Sep-2020 )

RH54841 RH54841 Lirac Rouge La Fermade, Domaine Maby 2017

"Dark and brooding. Damson and spiced plums on the nose; smooth as silk. Very good length, hints of herb and garrigue. Roasted lamb or need a natural partner."

Mrs Nicola Allen ( 20-Sep-2020 )

FC38001 FC38001 Merlot-Syrah, Côtes de Gascogne, Domaine du Mage 2018

"Interesting colour on decanting. Look thin and unpromising but in the glass is deep, rich purple Dry and slightly tannic not unpleasant which became nicely soft and creamy with sordough pizza Not bad! "

Mr Steven Foster ( 19-Sep-2020 )

FC38341 FC38341 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2019

"Light, refreshing and perfectly respectable, especially considering the price. On warm evenings, this is one for glugging."

P Jackson Esq ( 19-Sep-2020 )

AU21891 AU21891 Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

"am puzzled by such a wide variation in opinion i tasted the 2018 and can only describe it as cheap nasty acidic with i regret no positives like other reviewers i am contemplating returning this sad wine"

Dr Sean F Howlett ( 19-Sep-2020 )

FC38911 FC38911 Syrah-Mourvèdre, Côtes de Thongue, Domaine La Condamine L'Evêque 2019

"Like velvet: smooth, satisfying and eminently gluggable. C'est magnifique as some might say ?? At £6.95 this is an astonishing bargain."

Mr Rohan De Silva ( 19-Sep-2020 )

SP15551 SP15551 El Casetero Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2018

"A light easy drinker with pleasant strawberry notes yet dry. Would go really nicely with a paella or BBQ, a summer wine. Maybe a touch expensive for what it is at £8 but very drinkable and carries its 14% with a deceptive quaffability "

Mr Owen Duffy ( 18-Sep-2020 )

CE10751 CE10751 The Society's Exhibition Limarí Chardonnay 2019

"The dogs nuts and at that price outstanding "

Mr Sean Buckley ( 18-Sep-2020 )

NZ11511 NZ11511 Zephyr Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

"I am always bemused at wine society reviewers who give really positive reviews but then only give 4 stars. It's like those managers at work who don't like to give too much positive feedback in case their team stop working as hard. Personally, I can't wait to get my mitts on another bottle of this. Absolutely classic burgundy style Chardonnay so great value. Subtle oak, wonderful whiffs of oatmeal, flint and struck match, matched in the flavours. Challenging for some I suspect and won't be to everyone's taste, but undeniably a very well made and to my palate simply delicious wine."

Ms Katy Benson ( 18-Sep-2020 )

AR4131 AR4131 Weinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

"Can't fault this for the money. Got enough age to show what maturing wines can offer at a relatively low price. "

Mr James Eatwell ( 18-Sep-2020 )

FC35271 FC35271 Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc, Jacques Dépagneux 2017

"A bit too dry and a bit too thin and no nose or anything to recommend it"

Mr Peter Thorogood ( 18-Sep-2020 )

SA15231 SA15231 The Winery of Good Hope Unoaked Chardonnay, Western Cape 2019

"I suppose my Chardonnay palate has been spoilt by too much medium-to-good Burgundy, but I can't give this five stars. Even though the Society's white Burgundy is 20 per cent dearer it is clearly preferable. Nevertheless this has a good Chardonnay nose, subtle rather than strong, and I soon found myself sniffing rather than sipping. On its own, the wine has too much acid and not enough butter, but it came into its inheritance when the fish arrived. We'd planned a cheapish flatfish (Megrim) so a cheapish Chardonnay seemed appropriate, and in the event it balanced the fish very well. The recommendation comes with that qualification. I can't currently compare it with the Society's current Limari or the Bougrier offering, which I have not yet tried, but both are cheaper."

Dr Christopher Currie ( 18-Sep-2020 )

AR4111 AR4111 Zaha Marsanne 2018

"Deep cheesy nose. Understated upfront, opening up mid palate with very long tangy and honeyed finish. Excellent!"

Mr Andrew Swann ( 18-Sep-2020 )

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

"This is a wonderful wine. It exemplifies what the Society is so good at. A delicious wine which, for the quality, is excellent value. "

Mr James C Wilders ( 18-Sep-2020 )

AU22301 AU22301 Blind Spot King Valley Dolcetto 2019

"Amazing value, super quaffable. Lovely fruit, develops into a bit of spice, and a decent finish. And a conversation starter... Dolcetto from Australia? Yes!!"

Prof David Jaeger ( 18-Sep-2020 )

IT28761 IT28761 The Society's Pinot Grigio 2019

"Delicious wine and great value at the price. Not sharp like some Pinot Grigios, but smooth and pleasant. Would recommend as a party or everyday wine."

Mr James C Wilders ( 18-Sep-2020 )

LE1071 LE1071 Massaya Le Colombier 2018

"Got this with the let’s support Lebanon. Not one I would have ever considered. Lovely bouquet, in fact fabulous. Didn’t let it breath or decant and still enjoying it. "

Mr Roy Cunningham ( 18-Sep-2020 )

AU23031 AU23031 Bin #006 Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2018

"Before I write my tasting notes below, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the freshness and concentration of this wine. This really is excellent value for a wine to have so much at this price point. Given the label marks maturation in French oak barriques, I suspect that my palate is not tricking me and that I am indeed detecting some oak influence of vanilla/cedar. I also suspect this review will be of little use if this wine sells out quickly... Appearance: Pale Ruby Nose: Intensity medium+, Predominantly red fruit character of strawberry, cranberry, red cherry, raspberry and redcurrant. Vanilla, cedar and although these are lighter. Palate: Medium alcohol, high acidity, medium- tannin, light body, pronounced intensity, medium finish, same flavour characteristics as above that I would copy if this were a tasting exam. Very good-- Drink now but will age and I think the drinking window provided is fair. "

Mr Anderson Drake ( 18-Sep-2020 )

LO15881 LO15881 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée, Chéreau-Carré 2018

"I loved this wine. For me it was memorable perfection- very dry with a slight fizz and tang, but I am only just starting out on the discovery of wine, so perhaps a note of caution!"

Dr Harriet Stewart ( 18-Sep-2020 )

EN1471 EN1471 Camel Valley Bacchus, Cornwall 2019

"a delightful crisp wine will look forward to my next order"

Mr Ronald S Johns ( 18-Sep-2020 )

WY931 WY931 A gift pack of 3x5cl English Single Malt Whisky's - Original, Smoky, Sherry Cask

""Whisky's"???? Dear dear. "

Mr Stephen Butler ( 17-Sep-2020 )

GE12691 GE12691 Kaseler Dry Riesling, von Kesselstatt 2018

"An excellent young, fresh Riesling with bright fruit and good balance."

Ms Louisa Mason ( 17-Sep-2020 )

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

"Really disappointing. Lovely on the nose but doesn’t deliver. Strange herbal taste and not balanced."

Ms Louisa Mason ( 17-Sep-2020 )

US8681 US8681 The Society's California Old-Vine Zinfandel 2018

"Ridiculously delicious. Buy again! Smooth and sweet dark fruits."

Mr Thomas Day ( 17-Sep-2020 )

FC38331 FC38331 Domaine Laborie, Pays d'Oc 2019

"Updated due to mistake. It wasn't as good as the other pays d'oc at this price. "

Mr Thomas Day ( 17-Sep-2020 )

NZ11571 NZ11571 Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

"A bit more dolla' than the rest in our case but worth it. Lightly fruity and such good flavours."

Mr Thomas Day ( 17-Sep-2020 )

AR4161 AR4161 The Society’s Argentine Malbec 2019

"Rich, full bodied for a 13.5. fruity, smooth and delicious. Buy again!"

Mr Thomas Day ( 17-Sep-2020 )

IT26301 IT26301 The Society’s Chianti Rufina 2016

"Very drinkable red at a good price. Doesn't taste like most Chianti though"

Mr Francis Drasar ( 17-Sep-2020 )

IT29801 IT29801 Baccolo Appassimento Rosso Veneto 2018

"A delicious taste of Italy !"

Mr Rodney Towner ( 17-Sep-2020 )

RH56921 RH56921 Ventoux Les Traverses, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2019

"Fruity with spicy undertone. A very drinkable wine which we enjoyed. But it's not just grenache (as the website says) - it also contains some syrah."

Mr Paul Freund ( 17-Sep-2020 )

LO15711 LO15711 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Guénault 2019

"This is reliably the most enjoyable wine we have at home. Fills you with joy - from the colour to the legs. Keep coming back. "

Dr William Denby ( 17-Sep-2020 )

SP15371 SP15371 Navajas Blanco Crianza, Rioja 2016

"I like Rioja wine and have visited many wine makers on the North eastern area of Spain. This is a delightful example of oaked White Rioja. Good with it without food. Smooth tasting with a long finish. "

Mr Glyn Parsons ( 17-Sep-2020 )

RO231 RO231 Prince Ştirbey Tămâioasă Românească Sec 2018

"This is the second wine of Prince Stirbey bought from the WS to explore new grapes and countries. It’s also the second wine from PS that I think is quite inappropriate to be part of the WS offerings. I have a neighbour who buys white wine by the box, typically a box of Sauvignon Blanc from a U.K. supermarket for £14 for 2.25 litres. If I gave her this wine that costs the equivalent of approximately £42 for the same volume she’d have a hissy fit! Sure she doesn’t appreciate fine wines, but I do, and this is neither a fine wine nor one worth the price we are paying. A very big disappointment! I feel let down."

Dr Brian Metters ( 17-Sep-2020 )

MX2080 MX2080 The Napanook Collection Case

"Drank the 2011 last night. A wonderful wine - real structure, and lots of cedar and leather and fruit. I bought a couple of these cases; I think that I’ll give them at least a couple of years before I touch them again. A lovely wine now, but there’s huge potential to age and develop. "

Mr Paul Smith ( 17-Sep-2020 )


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