The Grape Press: Most Recommended Wines in the Sale

By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine Content Specialist

 

The O'Briens Annual Wine Sale continues instore and online, and the Irish wine journalists have been making their top recommendations in the national newspapers.

So, to help you make your next wine choice, I have complied some of the best press quotes below.


 

Domaine de l'Ostal Estibals, Minervois France

  • RRP €16.95, down to €11.95 in the Annual Wine Sale

 

 

The JM Cazes family, who also own the prestigious Château Lynch-Bages estate in Bordeaux, run this beautiful Languedoc estate in the heart of Minervois. L'Ostal Estibals is richly textured with a wealth of bramble fruit and sweet spice from ageing in high-grade French oak. The finish is dry with good tannins and that characteristic garrigue herbal note that defines the best Minervois wines. An extremely polished wine that thoroughly deserves its glowing reviews from the wine press.

 

"From the Languedoc, a pungent, herbal full-bodied red wine with smooth ripe dark fruits. Match it with equally substantial dishes; a rich tomato-based vegetarian stew or spicy barbecued pork."

- John Wilson, The Irish Times

 

"A super drop from the JM Cazes family behind Bordeaux's Lynch-Bages, this Syrah-Carignan-Grenache blend is aged for 12 months in French oak and marries dark fruit, sweet clove spice, cedar and garrigue herbs with ripe tannins and freshness."

- Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent

 


 

d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original, McLaren Vale

  • RRP €23.95, down to €14.95 in the Annual Wine Sale

 

 

Always a stalwart from eccentric Aussie winemaker Chester Osborn. This has all the D'Arenberg hallmarks of incredible fruit purity and complex, secondary aromas and flavour. A great go-to wine if you are ever stuck for a great bottle at a reasonable price.

 

"A blend of small-batch Shiraz and Grenache produced in open fermenters and aged for 21 months in old French and American oak, this has high and bright notes, taut angularity and chalky tannins yet with a moreish complexity. Think rich red meats or hard salty cheese."

- Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent

 



 

Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge, Languedoc

  • RRP €39.95, down to €32.95 in the Annual Wine Sale

 

 

Gérard Bertrand’s wines are no stranger to international praise, so it's great to see his flagship biodynamic Cigalus in the Irish press. This is arguably the finest wine he crafts- a sublime seven grape blend led by the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet & Merlot, and supported by Syrah & Grenache. Cigalus shows complexity and finesse in a beguiling mix of black fruits, plum and cedar spice with a charming warmth and complexity.

 

"This biodynamic/organic wine by biodynamic pioneer Gérard Bertrand is normally €40. I'll be buying a couple of bottles to age for a bit in the cellar. A blend of seven grapes including Cabernet, Merlot, Grenache and Syrah this has bright dark fruit aromas with a wild herb edginess, luscious blackberry and dark plum flavours, and nice complexity and weight. Should age nicely for at least six years."

- Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner

 


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  • Grüner Veltliner is Austria's most planted grape variety and produces extremely versatile food wines, particularly notable for its affinity for slightly spiced Asian cuisine. This example is from Weingut Zull, a boutique family-owned and run winery in Austria's Weinviertel region. The Zull family farm their 20 hectares of vineyards sustainably and have been certified Sustainable Austria since 2019.
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  • "In 2003, Weinviertel DAC was Austria's first designated quality wine region. Since then, 15 regions have been added to the list. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's indigenous white grape. They like to call it GruVee, and it makes a very drinkable white wine, with lots of grapefruit aromas. GruVee has zippy citrus fruit flavours and a gorgeous rich tropical finish. A perfect match for fish and chips."
  • - Jean Smullen, The Sunday World

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Domaine Brocard is a family winery with father and son team of Jean-Marc and Julien making an extensive range of excellent Chablis. Pioneers of organic and biodynamic farming in the marginal climate of Chablis, they are considered one of the top estates in the region. Brocard Petit Chablis is pure and bright with crisp green orchard fruit, followed by that typical Chablis streak of mineral notes on the lingering finish.

 

"Another charmer from the Brocard family's biodynamic and organic vineyards, this time from the limestone Portland soils of the Petit Chablis appellation: approachable, mouthwatering and fruit-forward with vibrant orchard-fruit character and a clean, zesty finish."

- Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent

 


 

The O'Briens Annual Wine Sale runs until 26th September, with up to 50% off over 100 wines.

Available in our 34 stores nationwide and online at www.wine.ie, while stocks last.

 


Lorcan is O’Briens Wine Content Specialist, charged with spreading the wine word and keeping our customers and staff up to date with news of our wines and winemakers through his dedicated and passionate writing. Previously an O’Briens store Manager, Lorcan has written about wine in Ireland and Spain and is currently studying for the WSET Diploma. In his spare time Lorcan hosts wine tastings, blogs about wine and judges in wine competitions.


*Pricing correct at time of publishing. For the most up to date prices see our stores or website.