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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Muscadet Lacheteau, France Booths, £3.99 until Dec 31

light, zesty, lemony taste makes a wonderful apéritif white

2008 Château La Forêt, Bordeaux, France Booths, down £2 to £3.99

Stunning, vibrant, juicy 50:50 merlot and cabernet-based bordeaux

2008 Tejo Touriga Nacional, Portugal Marks & Spencer, £6.99

burly, tannic, acidic reds; fat, gamey, vanilla-laden

2008 Plan de Dieu, Côtes du Rhône Villages. Marks & Spencer, £6.49

Lots of elegant, ripe, silky, plum and red fruits

2007 Saint-Romain, Clos Sous Le Château, Domaine Bohrmann Bibendum £17.95

elegant, lingering, smoky-oaky, glacé, lemony fruit

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2007 (£16 The Wine Society)

Refreshingly scented and citrussy

Hans Lang Rheingau Barrique Pinot Noir 2005 (£11.99 Virgin Wines)

A smoky German take on burgundy

Château Gigault 2001 (£8.99 Bon Coeur Fine Wines)

Bargain claret ready for the turkey

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Inycon Growers' Selection Nero d'Avola/Frappato. £4.49, Waitrose

Bright and juicy; blend of two of Sicily's more interesting grape varieties

2008 Negroamaro, Vini Del Sole, Puglia. £7.99, Oddbins

spicy dark plum and blackberry fruit

2005 Pavillon de Poyferré, St Julien. £19.99, Majestic

pedigree of smoky oak fragrance, succulent black fruit and textured tannins

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Tesco Cava Brut, Conisua (£4.14, 11.5%, Tesco)

earthy, nutty and fresh, with nice weight and concentration

Asda Asti Spumante (£4.48, 7%)

light, frothy and easy to drink

Cesarini Sforza Cuvée Brut Riserva (£6, 12%, www.tesco.com)

You'll have to buy six bottles; lovely rosehip and cherry freshness

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand (2 @ £8.99, 12%, Majestic)

broad, soft and malty with lots of flavour and fine bubbles

Ombra Prosecco di Colli Trevisiani (£9.99, 11%, Oddbins)

Spice and white pepper combine with an apple and citrus fruit tang

Villiera Brut Natural Chardonnay, Western Cape (£9.99, 12%, Marks & Spencer)

Youthful, fruit-forward Cape fizz; fresh acidity and peachy fruit

Oudinot Brut (£14.99, 12%, Marks & Spencer)

The best-value Champagne in the market; crisp and minerally

Waitrose Brut Champagne (£19.99, 12%)

youthful, malty and savoury with forward, gluggable fruit

2002 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Silver Top Champagne (£20, 12%, www.tesco.com)

creamy, toasty autolysis-derived flavours supported by a fine mousse

2002 Saint Gall Vintage Grand Cru (£21.99, 12%, Marks & Spencer)

mature, all-Chardonnay bubbly is toasty, nutty and delicious

2003 Marguet Rosé, Grand Cru (£23, 12%, The Wine Society)

rich, creamy, bold and complex with wild strawberry fruit

Louis Roederer Brut Premier (£24.99 each for two, 12%, Majestic)

full and well-rounded but with classic Roederer elegance and poise

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Marguet Rosé Grand Cru 2003 Champagne (£23, The Wine Society)

you'd expect to pay far more, especially for such a tasty rose

Saladini Pilastri Falerio 2008 (£6.99, Oddbins; 13% abv)

hint of lemon juice and a gentle, calming, stony flavour

Vignerons Ardechois Le Grand Deves 2007 (£6.95, yapp.co.uk; 13% abv)

easy and ripe with hints of garrigue

Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas 2001 (£17.50; Yapp 14% abv)

dried pepper is beginning to turn to clove and leather

AA Roagna 2004 (£51.20; Les Caves de Pyrene; 14% abv)

from a great vintage

Oorain Victoria 2006 (£20, Hanging Ditch, Manchester; Essentially Wine, Richmond)

fresh and dried figs, feel a hint of sweetness and… is that maple syrup? Yes

Tesco Finest 1994 Vintage Port (£15.99; 20% abv)

open and sumptuous with coffee savour

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

2009 Chenin Blanc, Zalze, South Africa, £5.99 Tesco

lovely little number form the western Cape

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, The Taniwha, New Zealand, £5 (down from £10) Waitrose

Bursting with ripe gooseberry and white-flower aromas

2006 Shiraz, Anakena, Rapel Valley, Chile, £5.69 Co-op

Restrained in style, it shows all the hallmarks of a classic syrah

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2006 (some Sainsbury’s, £8.69; Majestic, 2 @ £7.49)

juicy raspberry fruit and a sprinkle of cracked black pepper

Waitrose Barossa Shiraz 2007 Reserve, South Australia (£8.99)

Sleek, chocolatey shiraz, packed with blackcurrant

Baron De Ley 7 Vinas Reserva 2004, Rioja, Spain (Tesco, £15.99)

Beautifully balanced, smooth; spicy hints of cinnamon and clove


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