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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Veo Chardonnay Err£zuriz Ovalle, Chile, Tesco £2.99

lively, ripe, appley, food-suitable, Chilean chardonnay

2006 Veo Cabernet-Merlot, Err£zuriz Ovalle, Chile, Tesco £2.99

Sweet, simple, gluggable; ripe, squishy, Ribena-style fruit

2005 Domaine Sainte Rose, La Garrigue, Majestic, 2 @ £5.59

velvety red; thick with full, ripe herby, peppery fruit

2005 Domaine Sainte Rose Le Vent du Nord, Majestic, 2 @ £5.59

enticing, exotic peach and waxy fruit

2004 Henschke Henry's Seven, Australia, Waitrose £11.99 until Mar 25

plenty of bright, ripe, spicy, perfumed, faintly rustic fruit

2006 Danie de Wet, Earth & Sky Chardonnay, Waitrose £5.59 March 25

rich, zesty, earthy, punchy

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2004 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier, £9.99 selected Sainsbury's

Rich gamey, fruity flavours

2004 De Bortoli Shiraz Viognier, £13.99 selected Tesco

Seductive plum and spicy black-pepper notes

2004 Shaw & Smith Shiraz, £16.50-£18.99 Oz Wns, Philgl, Wimb

Very stylish, aromatic, spicy, silky; 3% viognier

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Taste The Difference Chianti Classico. £3.99 per 37.5cl, Sains

fine vintage; dry but juicy sour cherry fruit flavours

2004 Petit Verdot, Vin de Pays d'Oc. £5.49, Majestic

rich fruit, a chocolatey streak and a damsony aftertaste

2004 C£te R£tie, Cuv£e Duplessy. £23.90-£24.75, Tanners, Reid

A classic "Roasted Slope" red from an excellent vintage

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2005 Concha y Toro Winemaker's Lot Chardonnay (£6.49 Majestic)

vibrant, citrus-edged

2005 Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Chardonnay £8.99, Tesco

complex, subtly oaked

2005 Rully Premier Cru, Joseph Drouhin £9.99, Waitrose

toasty, elegant

2003 Chablis 1er Cru, Fourchaume, La Chablisienne £13.99, M & S

rich, weighty, almost Meursault-like

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Mareante Hill Cabernet Merlot 2004, Chile. £5.99, M & S

There's a bit of oak on this but it bursts with life and flavour.

Niepoort Charme 2004, Douro. £45, Phil, Hand, Theat, Fareham

extraordinary elegance; so rich and concentrated

St Hallett Gamekeeper's Rsrv 2005, Aus. £6 - £7 Odd, Co, Sai, Wai

perfumed Rh£ne blend is one of the best-value wines I know.

Clos d'Yvigne Princesses de Cl£ves 2005, Blanc. 2 @ £5.59 Majestic

Crisp, three-dimensional blend; Buy her exceptional red wine, too

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2005 'Rh£ne by Roger Sabon', C du Rh£ne (£7.99 Quaff Fine Wine)

cracking, spicy red, full of dark ripe fruit

2004 Quinta do C£a Portugal (£7.99; Butlers Wine Cellar)

From a tributary of the Douro, a robust organic red

2004 Domaine Maris Syrah (£6.49; Festival Wines)

packed with peppery spice and mellow tannins.

2004 Monterra Monterey Chardonnay (£8.99; Off the Vine)

crisp yet creamy, citrussy and tropical-fruit-filled Chardonnay


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