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Delicious sparky, lemon zest and citrus-spiked muscadet2006 Reserve Saint-Clair Puisseguin Saint-Émilion. Tesco, £6.99
fine, fat, smoky, coffee bean-scented right-bank claret2007 Taste the Difference Malbec, Argentina. Sainsbury’s, £5
Seductive, sweet, spicy, black fruits-ladenCroix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambre, Vignerons Catalans, Tesco, £3.99
surprisingly delicate, ridiculously cheap amber oak version2008 Mâcon, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, France. Berry Bros £13.50
Delicious now, but give this one a few years’ and it will fatten up nicely
From the heat-wave year, it’s rich, creamy and lightly oakedCharles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, £75.37 wine-studio.co.uk)
This year’s champion champagne in the International Wine ChallengeWaitrose Brut Special Reserve 2002, £26.99
A touch of wild strawberries from an excellent vintage.
refreshing and approachable Kiwi sauvignon blanc at an affordable price2008 Knappstein Ackland Riesling, Clare Valley. £6.99 M&S, until 27 September
mouthwateringly zesty Aussie riesling; should not be missed.2004 Jacobs Creek St Hugo Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon. £24.99, Sainsbury's
aromatic notes of mint and cedar and elegantly smooth tannins.
gets my vote as the New World's best Chardonnay2001 Adnams Cellar Selection Fronsac (£17.99, Adnams)
sweetly oaked, Merlot-dominated2006 Passopisciaro, Sicily (£26.79, Corney and Barrow)
aromatic, red Burgundy-like; made from Nerello Mascalese2008 Menetou-Salon, Domaine Teiller (£11.95, Yapp)
taut, minerally2007 Crozes-Hermitage Les Galets, Domaine Haut-Chassis (£15.95, Berry Bros)
as good as many a Hermitage at three times the price
made by Viña Leyda, smells cleanly and exuberantly of snow peasDe Martino Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Limari (£11.50, Wine Society)
barrel-fermented; graceful elegance and calm sophisticationErrazuriz Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2007 (on clearance £5, Wine Rack)
smells like a rose garden in full bloomTerra Andina Altos Carmenère Carignan 2007 (£9.99, Oddbins)
unfiltered and shows how well carmenère responds to blending
This looks and tastes like treacle – utterly delicious.Essencia Orange Muscat 2007 37.5cl – £9.99, Majestic.
For me there is no better partner to a bitter chocolate pudding.Tesco Finest* Sauternes 2005 37.5cl – £11.99.
This is a fantastic partner for blue cheeses.Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora 2008 37.5cl – £6.53, Tesco.
particularly heightens desserts with a citrus component.Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambré 37.5cl – £5.99 until 6 October, Tesco..
Intense aromas of crystallised fruit, cinnamon and gingerbread.
tingling, mineral acidity with plenty of luscious gooseberry and passion fruit2006 Bonny Doon Sangiovese, California (£11.99 Marks & Spencer).
Rich, ripe, complex and earthy, with plums, strawberries and sour cherries2008 Esterházy Pinot Noir, 13.5%vol, Austria (£10.70; Tanners).
Soft, smooth and supple with gentle ripe fruit