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week beginning 22/12/2008

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Finest Chablis, Burgundy, Louis Josse, Tesco, £5.98 until January 6

blessed with lots of lively, floral, verdant, faintly nutty fruit

2006 Finest Saint Joseph, Rhône, Tesco, £6.49 until January 6

cheering, fat, ripe, spicy, 14 per cent alcohol, big food-suitable bottle

2005 Château de Saÿe, Bordeaux Supérieur, Marks & Spencer, £7.99

ripe, full, fleshy style, from the Sichel dynasty

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Closiers, Ogier, M&S £11.99 until Dec 31

burly red; herby, inky fruit and 14.5 per cent alcohol

2004 Château Meyney, Saint-Estèphe, Majestic, £19.99

robust Saint-Estèphe; blessed with earthy, truffley, exotic fruit

2002 La Croix de Gay, Pomerol, Bordeaux, Majestic, £25

oozing with the light, lively, leafy, seductive, spicy, plummy, right-bank merlot fruit

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Cosme Palacio Rioja, £5.49-£8.49 (Waitrose; Tesco; Oddbins)

Medium-bodied, freshly fruity, soft, silky rioja

2005 Tesco Finest Gigondas, £7.99 (Tesco until Jan 6)

Full-bodied, ripe and spicy; a great alternative to Châteauneuf

2002 Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc, (Majestic, 2 @ £12.99)

Supple, cedary, mature claret

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Moncaro Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico. £4.69, Waitrose

delectably juicy and peachy with a refreshing citrusy acidity

2006 Château Soussans. £6.99, Aldi

appealing, vivid, modern young claret from Margaux

2008 Blind River Pinot Noir. £17.99, Oddbins

rich in scented clove spice and loganberry on the nose; beguiling sweet palate

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Graham Beck Non-Vintage Brut, Western Cape (£12.99, Waitrose)

light, refreshing

2008 Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc (£11.95, Jeroboams)

complex, concentrated, crisply acidic

2007 Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc (£16.99, Tesco)

rich, exotic, honeyed, nutty, oak-fermented

2006 TMV Syrah, Swartland (£12.99, Waitrose)

smoky, peppery, softly fruity

Fleury Père et Fils Champagne (£34.99, Marks & Spencer)

ripe, flavoursome, all-Pinot Noir from a brilliant biodynamic grower

2007 Sancerre, Domaine Hubert Brochard (£12.99, Marks & Spencer)

crunchy, minerally, refined

2006 Pouilly-Fuissé, Terroir de Vergisson, Olivier Merlin (£21.50, Berry Bros)

toasty, multidimensional as good a white Burgundy as I've had all year

1995 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 (£20 each for two, Majestic)

utterly delicious: scented and gamey with subtle vanilla oak

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Cantina di Monteforte Soave Classico 2006, Italy (Waitrose, £6.99)

very dry but with rounded apple and citrus

Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Chardonnay 2006 (wine rack £9.49/£6.33)

ripe, fresh pineapple and mango rather than heavy oak

Tesco Finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2006 (£13.49)

irresistibly juicy, ripe fruit, all cherry and strawberry; smooth finish

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Berry's Own Selection Mosel Kabinett, J&H Selbach 2007 (£7.25)

Note the low alcohol. It's also bright, limey and off-dry

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Marlborough (£12.99, Oddbins)

dill-scented, grassy nose, fabulous texture and Sancerre-like complexity

Asda Extra Special Fleurie 2007 (£7.98)

certainly good enough to merit consideration

Fürst "Cent Grafenburg" Spätburgunder Trocken 2006, Germany (£19.50, Waitrose)

juicy, gorgeously scented and very moreish

Coyam 2006, Chile (£9.95, Wine Society)

There's a lot of wine here for your money

Moscato d'Asti Nivole Chiarlo 2007, Italy (£6.99 for 37.5cl, Oddbins)

light florality and gentle sparkle

Soave Classico Vicario 2007, Italy (£7.99, or 2 @ £5.33 Wine Rack)

dripping with juice like a ripe pear, and with hints of almonds

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