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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2000 Bollinger Grande Année. Majestic £50; Lea & Sand £48.95; Wine Soc £59

beguiling, rich, beefy, nutty champagne

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne. Waitrose £22.99 until January 5

rich, complex, toasted hazelnut and candied peel-stashed bubbly

2004 Heidsieck Gold Top Brut Champagne. Budgens £18.99; Majestic 2 @ £18.99

oozes ripe, waxy, lively, floral spice.

Lanson Black Label Champagne. Co-op £18.66; Tesco £19.98; Budge £21; Waitr £22.39

pleasing waxy, lemon-brioche charged, aperitif-styled fruit

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne. Co-op £17.99, Tesco £19.92; Sains £25.92; Waitr £20.79

Soft, waxy, perfumed

Codorníu Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut. Morrisons £5.95; Majestic Wine 2 @ £5.49

light, tasty, lemony, floral, festive fizz.

La Rosca Cava Brut. Waitrose down to £4.79 until January 5

clean, zippy, and suprisingly classy, spicy, fruity

Waitrose in Partnership Cava. Waitrose £7.99

fine, lively fizz.

San Leo Prosecco Vino Spumante, Italy. Waitrose £5.99 until January 5

crisp, zingy, Granny Smith and fresh, lime-spiked flavours

2006 Camel Valley Brut, English Sparkling Wine. Selected Waitrose £19.99; F&M £23.50

elegant, hedgerow-scented Brut; fine, rich, nutty, spiced lemon palate

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 2008 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie (£5.99)

Refreshing, minerally, lemony — so much better than it was in the 1970s

Renato Ratti Langhe Nebbiolo 2007 (£10.99 Marks & Spencer)

Lovely name, lovely wine — fragrant, fruity and deep

GH Mumm Demi Sec Champagne NV (£26.99 waitrosewine.com)

Citrussy and lively, full flavoured but not sweet. Do try it

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, 2008. Oddbins £4.99

attractively pure sauvignon blanc with undertones of blackcurrant leaf

Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet/Shiraz, 2007. Oddbins £9.99

garrigue- like rosemary and mint bring complexity to the wine

Sainsbury's Muscat de St Jean de Minervois, 2007. £4.29, half-bottle

Fragrantly, exotically muscat; strong and richly full-flavoured

Champagne Vergnon Brut Grand Cru NV. Berry Bros £24.95

fresh, biscuit and brioche flavours are quite delicious

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2003 Valbuena (£73.40, 13.5%, Berry Brothers & Rudd)

delicious: broad, smoky and herbal, with ripe flavours

2008 Getariako Txakolina, Txomín Etxaníz (£14.99, 11%, Moreno)

tangy and refreshing, with a slight spritz and a citrus-fruit bite

2006 Naiades, Bodegas Naia, Rueda (£19.99, 13.5%, Taurus Wines)

rich, toasty, yet remarkably minerally; Spanish take on a white Burgundy

2001 Imperial Rioja Reserva, CVNE (2 @ £13.99, 13.5%, Majestic)

soft, complex, lightly oaked blend that is deceptively well structured

Taste the Difference Dry Amontillado (£6.49 per 50cl, 19%, Sainsbury's)

nutty, savoury, bone-dry; surely the best-value sherry in the UK?

2005 Molino Real, Mountain Wine (£26.99 per 50cl, www.adnams.co.uk)

sweet, honey- and orange-peel-scented

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Hans Pinot Noir 2005 Marlborough (£23 Bottle Apostle; £27.99 Vineking)

tantalisingly fragranced; fine, elegant wine fermented using wild yeasts

Craggy Range Bannockburn Sluicings Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (2 @ £12.79 Majestic)

more earthly, firm incarnation of pinot noir, but very good value

Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir 2008 (2 @ £11.99 Majestic)

a decent alternative

Scotland on Sunday - Will Lyons

Château Prieuré-les-Tours 2002, Bordeaux. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

Classic red from underrated vintage; notes of cedar and tobacco.

Blason des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape 2008. £11.99 Waitrose

a stunner with a herbaceous, spicy, wintry feel.

Nepenthe Charleston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007, Australia. 2 @ £7.99 Majestic

ripe cherry flavours and luscious sweet fruit

Cosme Palacio Rioja 2006, Rioja, Spain. £8.99, Sainsbury's and Tesco

Autumnal fruits and gentle French oak with a rounded, smooth finish

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat, Australia (Oddbins, £7.99 until 3 January)

Toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, figs and raisins

Marks & Spencer Asti NV, Piedmont, Italy (2 @ £10 until 1 January)

superior, fresh and aromatic asti; refreshing partner for a figgy pudding

Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2006, (Majestic, £5.99 for 37.5cl)

uber-fresh grapefruit and lemon zest in this unique Chilean dessert wine


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