Plaimont Producteurs Les Vignes Retrouvées Saint Mont Blanc 2012, South West France

Lovely tangy blend of those well-known grapes Gros Manseng, Arrufiac and Petit Courbu

Plaimont Producteurs Les Vignes Retrouvées Saint Mont Blanc 2012, South West France (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Packs in the fruit – bruised/baked Bramley apple, grapefruit and raisin – but sets this richness against taut citrus acidity and a vein of herby interest, with fennel to the fore. A bit like Sauvignon Blanc for intellectuals… S(-)

Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California

Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2011, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, winedirect.co.uk)
Typical young Jadot style, with great depth of plummy red berry fruit and an earthy undercurrent in a firm, tannic overcoat. Rather forbidding at the moment, but should be singing in 5 years. B+

Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir 2013 Leyda Valley, Chile (£15.99 try The Wine Treasury or ABS)
There’s some rather attractive cherry and red berry fruit here, but the rubbery/metallic imprint of reduction is writ large over it. Thought it might improve with time, but on Day 3, but still dominates the wine. Hmmm… (hard to score – this seems flawed)

Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir 2012, Paredones, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£15.95 Averys, Vesuvio, Roberts & Speight)
I like the floral aromas, fresh plum, red berries and cherry flavours, and nicely judged smoky oak influence, but while there’s a velvety textures, there’s also the warm burn of alcohol on the finish. Good but not great B(+)

Edna Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Central Coast, California (£12.99 Majestic)
The warm, bruised, sour cherry character is OK, but the Jammie Dodger character to the fruit speaks of overripeness. In addition, there’s a slightly confected vanilla edge, a little too much charred oak, and a medicinal note on the finish. C

Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy

Bit confused by this wine – some sips I liked more than others…

Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy (£11.49 Morrisons)
Plus points: I really like the supple woody cherry flavour, notes of herbs and tea, and the light edge of volatility that lifts the flavours rather than murders them, and adds in a note of old school desk varnish character.
Minus point: there’s a green bitterness lurking in the background, maybe from poorly seasoned oak. Hmmm… B+

Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang du Pais 2013, South West France

Wine to be drunk in large quantities to wash down hearty, fatty food

Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang du Pais 2013, South West France (£8.50-£10.99 The Wine Society, Les Caves de Pyrene)
Supremely gluggable style, with fragrant violet, pepper and blackcurrant leaf aromas, plump, herb-tinged mulberry flavours and a crisp, earthy finish, with a lightly savoury twang. Has some of that tell-tale clay-like character of low sulphur wine (remember playing with ‘slip’ at school?), but still fresh and perky. S(-)

Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy

Refreshing red wine par excellence…

Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy (£14.99 Red Squirrel Wine)
Is it a deeply coloured rosé (they use Rossese aka Tibouren for a lot of pink in Provence) or a light red? Whatever you decide, this fresh young wine has a sappy citrus tang to its red berry fruit, plus an ever-so-slightly burnt/baked character and a light sandy edge too. My only (very minor) concern is whether it says more about the way its been made than where it’s from. B+

Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s)
Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+

Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 The Wine Treasury may have it soon)
Plenty of fruit here – grapefruit, pineapple and nectarine – but there’s also a nutty note from lees aging, and a (not unpleasant) note of slightly Sauvignon-like cabbagey reduction. S-
(This is from Viña Ventisquero – would link to their website, but it’s down at the mo…)

Montsablé Chardonnay 2013, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99 Elwood Wines, Old School Wines, The Fine Wine Company)
I like the pithy mandarin orange flavours tinged with notes of cashew, but overall it’s just a bit on the safe side – no sparks or extra layers. B-

Abbotts & Delaunay Zephyr Limoux Chardonnay 2012, Languedoc, France (£16.99 Averys)
Crisp, tangy pineapple, ripe apple and citrus fruit backed up by subtle oak, clean and refreshing, but maybe a bit too controlled? S-

Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£17.49 Vagabond Wines, Handford Wines, vintagemarque.com/)
Relaxed, juicy and quite fleshy with peach and pear flavours and hints of oatmeal, an open-hearted and generous wine but still with some subtlety. S(-)

Marimar Estate Chardonnay La Masia 2010, Russian River Valley, California (£25 winedirect.co.uk)
Lots of flavour here but the sweet ripe pineapple chunk fruit and buttery richness seem out of tune with modern tastes. B

Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France

Wines like this make my spine tingle and my mouth smile

Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France (£16.99 Liberty Wines)
Lovely clean, keen, style with herby green apple and taut citrus tension, some of that slightly odd, waxy and not-at-all-mouldy cheesecloth character and a savoury mineral edge set against fleshier honeyed pear and quince elements. Brisk, like warm cheeks on a cold day, complex and very tasty. S(+)

Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France

Lovely tense Sauvignon from a place that’s often forgotten in the rush for other more famous Loire wines

Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France (£14.50 Ellis Wharton Wines)
Lots of sappy, nettle-and-herb tension, balanced with fresh lime, lemon and blackcurrant leaf flavours, plus a touch of just-mown grass, and while there’s a backbone of zingy acidity and taut minerality, there’s enough flesh to pad it out. S(-)

Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany

Apologies if this sounds a bit like an advert for herbal conditioner, I loved the wine

Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany (~£23)
Bounds out of the glass with a mountain spring-like freshness, citrus flavours to the fore, dry herb characters in there too, along with a minerally, Alka Seltzer-like saltiness. Give it time to open up, and more exotic characters like passionfruit and icing sugar (think the dusting on Dolly Mixtures) emerge, but the upright Riesling backbone is always there to keep everything sleek. S(+)
PS The website still talks about the 2008 vintage which was <12% alcohol – this one is 13%.
PPS Bibendum has the 2013, will give list of stockists soon