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utterly gorgeous, smoky; rich, creamy, faintly honeyed chardonnay2005 Ladoix 1er Cru, Le Clou d’Orge, Domaine Chevalier Majest £14.99
delicious, beefy scent; gamey, creosote and sandalwood-spiked palate2004 Le Soula, Gérard Gauby, A&B Vintners, £18.70; BBR, £19.75
sumptuous, spicy, pineapple and sweet hazelnut-oak scented2000 Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling, Rolly Gassmann, Wine Soc £16
mouthwateringly intense, mature, spritzy, floral spice and verdant flavours2004 Auxey-Duresses, Vieilles Vignes, Prunier-Bonheur, Loeb, £18.12.
seductive, violet-scented bouquet and fat, ripe, spicy, cabbagey palate2005 Chablis Premier Cru, Quintessence , Brocard, Tesco £14.99.
light, sappy, steely style, with a long, lingering minerally finish2002 Pinot Gris Hengst, Wunsch et Mann, Mckinley £13.99; Halemere £13.50
grand, fat, silky, lychee-laden; sweetness will offset rich, spicy dishes2005 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumées, Jouard, Ripley £19.75 by case
fine, big food-suitable white burgundy2005 Meursault Le Limozin Jobard-Chabloz, Lea & Sademan £19.95 on offer
delicate wine is lots of light, leafy style2003 Le Soula Gérard Gauby, A&B Cintners £19.60; BBR £19.75
heaves with distinguished, fat, bold, spicy, mulberry-stashed1999 Beaune Clos du Roi, 1er Cru, Domaine Rapet Ripley £15.50
delicious fat, ripe, spicy, truffley, almost chocolatey fruit2003 Château Tronquoy-Lalande, Saint Estèphe, Tesco £12.99.
fat, tasty, chocolatey, almost gamey character1998 Clos des Amandiers, Pomerol, Cprney & Barrow £16.
lovely, ripe, sweet, aged, gamey, truffle and creosote-laden claret1998 Château Potensac, Médoc, Tanners £18.80.
ripe, silky, cedary claret which will impress all if you pour it on Christmas Day2005 Saint Joseph, Domaine Georges Vernay, Yapp Bros £15.95.
oodles of peppery, spicy, herby fruit, this one’s a winner2002 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano Tanners £19.95
delicious, fat, beefy, savoury, ready-to-drink spice2005 Gigondas, Terrasses des Safres, Perrin, M&S £14.99.
plenty of lively, yet strong, herby fruit2003 Costasera Amarone, Masi, Tesco, Wimbledon £19.99; Oddbins £21.99
beefy and perfumed; fine, sweet, savoury, leafy, leathery spice
Deep, plummy fruit and spicy oak, made by the stellar CVNE2002 Baron de Ley Club Privado Rioja Reserva, Thresh, 3 @ £7.33
Beautifully aromatic, dark and concentrated2004 Pago Real Rioja, £11 (Marks & Spencer).
Rich, spiced strawberry fruit and nutty oak
coconutty oak aromas; sweetly strawberry-fruited quality.2007 Limarí Sauvignon Blanc. £5.99 (today) on offer M&S
mouthwatering dry white from Concha y Toro's new venture2003 Chateau Clément Pichon, Cru bourgeois. £14.99, Sainsbury
smooth, cassis-fruit-centred claret with a veneer of toasty oakthe Observer - Ian Wisniewski Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or (£35.49, selected Sainsbury's, Tesco)
Lemon tart, underlying zestiness and honeyed notesLaphroaig Quarter Cask (£26, Waitrose, Tesco)
creamy sweetness laced with gentle smoke; coconut and vanilla.Port Ellen 28-year-old (£140, Royal Mile Whiskies)
creamy chocolate, lemon zest, creme caramel; gentle waft of smokeLagavulin 21-year-old, distilled in 1985 (£110, Royal Mile Whiskies)
upfront toasty smokiness, accompanied by vanilla sweetnessChivas Regal 25-year-old (£185, Harrods)
dried-fruit flavours with toffee and dark chocolateHennessy Fine de Cognac (£27, Waitrose, Sainsbury's)
vanilla, butterscotch, raisins and dark chocolateDelamain Pale & Dry XO (£70, Harvey Nichols)
peaches, apricots and orange marmalade, balanced by subtle dry oakCamus XO Borderies (£85.89, Arthur Rackham)
creamy toffee, butterscotch, creme caramel and a hint of honeyRemy Martin Coeur de Cognac (£44.99, Selfridgesm Tesco)
Peaches, vanilla and toffee appear, before a wave of ripe fruitHine Triomphe (£170, selected Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason)
lightly creamy caramel, butterscotch, chocolate and raisins
certainly looks festive and is ideal for getting things going at large gatherings2006 Marks & Spencer White Burgundy, (£5.99)
crisp, dry and supple2007 Anakena Chardonnay/Viognier Chile (£4.99; Co-op)
a fruity, full and easy drinking wine.2005 Vaquero Cabernet Sauvignon, California (£5.25; Jascots)
wonderful, gluggably juicy red2005 Château Peyriac, Minervois (£3.99; Sainsbury's)
Syrah/Mourvèdre/Grenache is far better than its price suggests.2007 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99 on offer Co-op)
grassy, herbaceous2006 Stamford Brook Shiraz/Viognier, Australia (£5.99; Sains)
lipsmackingly full2006 Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay (£12.29; Maj, Whole Foods)
both are full-flavoured, ripe and crammed with New World characterTaylor's 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£16.99; Tes, Sai, Maj, Mor, Som, Thr)
either will work a treat, with no need for decanting.
crackles like a bonfire, powerful, yet has a velvety texture.Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001. £35, Waitrose
Quite an open texture, and easy to get a handle onRosso di Montalcino Talenti 2004. £11.95, Bibendum
soothing, sour cherries and dust palatePieri Agostina Rosso di Montalcino 2005. £13, Jeroboams
a tantalising warmth that creeps through you