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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Claret, Yvon Mau, Bordeaux, Tesco, £2.98

gentle, spicy, herby, plummy non-vintage claret

2007 Vieille Fontaine White, Tesco, £3.40

precocious, peardrop and pineapple-laden

2007 La Grille Cool-Fermented Chenin Blanc, Majestic 2 @ £4.99

seductive, ripe, grapey, floral, off-dry, appley fruit

2005 Chénas, Cave du Château de Chénas, Majestic 2 @ £6.79

gorgeous, ripe, velvety, plummy beaujolais

2006 Morgon, Côte du Py, Les Caves de Pyrene, £15.80

glorious, ripe, zesty, gamey morgon

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2007 Tesco Finest Fiano, £6.13

Floral aromas; full but crisp, pear, honey and grapefruit taste

2007 Roero Arneis, Marco Porello, £9.99/£7.99 Majestic

Sappy pear and apple flavours; lively and lingering

2006 Petite Arvine Vigne Champorette, £15 Caves de Pyrene

Stellar rarity from Valle d’Aosta; rich, zesty candied-grapefruit taste

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Marlborough Hills Sauvignon. £4.99, Majestic on offer

elderfloral fragrance and refreshingly tropical gooseberry

2006 Etim Blanc, Montsant. £6.99, Bacchanalia, Bentley's, Yarrow

light touch of smoky oak and powerfully full-bodied fruitiness

2005 Circumstance Merlot, Waterkloof. £11.99, N Young, Momentum

polished, dark cherry-fragrant merlot in the St Emilion mould

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 Saumur L'Insolite, Roches Neuves. £13.29, Caves de Pyrène

rich, bone-dry, delicately oaked

2005 Fiano di Avellino, Guido Marsella, £11.30 Caves de Pyrène

spicy, ginger-scented

2005 Carso Terrano, AA Zidarich, Friuli, £17.65 Caves de Pyrène

grassy, refreshing; made from Refosco

2002 Trousseau, Caveau de Bacchus, £11.79 Caves de Pyrène

delicate, almost Pinot Noir-like

2006 La Guerrerie, Le Clos de Tue Boeuf, £11.15 Caves de Pyrène

juicy, raspberry and damson fruity

2003 Recioto di Soave, Vigna Marogne, £16.49 Caves de Pyrène

sweet vanilla- and tropical fruit-like

2006 Maven Pinot Noir, Marlborough. £9.19, selected Tesco

notes of wild strawberry, sun-dried tomato and vanilla

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Côtes de Gascogne (£3.99 Marks & Spencer)

An aromatic, light and refreshing blend

Muscat de St Jean de Minervois Vendanges d'Automne (£5.99 Co-op)

Lusciously sweet, with zesty acidity

2006 Marmesa Dessert Pinot Noir (£9 NYoung, Quaff, Bin 2, Polygon, Hailsham)

botrytised pinot noir; light and delicate, with fine acidity and gorgeous honeyed fruit

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Villa Maria 'Gateway Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc. £12.99, Maj

supercharged, full of minerality; classic Marlborough gooseberry

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling 2005. £13.19, Tesco

fierce yet elegant, precise expression of riesling

Casillero del Diablo Cab Sauvignon 2006 £4.49-£5.99, Sai, Som, Mor, Tes

feisty cabernet sauvignon

St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2006, £6.99 Waitrose

bounces around in your mouth; zing of citrus and softer melon


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