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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Marsanne, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France Asda, £3.98

soft, ripe, almond and apricot-stashed

Tempranillo, Bodegas Murviedro, Spain Asda, £3.18

juicy, gentle, plummy fruit; a steal at this price.

2008 Taste the Difference Petit Chablis, France Sainsbury’s, £7.67

waxy, leafy, lemony ’08 from the excellent La Chablisienne co-op

2006 Crozes-Hermitage, Les Trois Lys, Cave de Tain, France Sainsbury’s, £7.99

lively, herby, peppery red

2007 Riesling Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé, Alsace Grand Cru, Jeroboams & Laytons, £19.95

delivers lots of seductive, fat, grapey, peachy fruit

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional 2006 (£18.34 Bibendum)

Plummy, leathery and tomato-friendly

Petaluma Chardonnay 2005 (£15.99 Sainsbury’s)

Big Australian tamed by tomatoes

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£8.99 Waitrose)

The magic also works with this zippy New Zealand white

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Cambalala Chardonnay Colombard. £3.49, Aldi

typically lively, affordable Western Cape blend; undertones of guava

2007 Villiera Brut Natural, Stellenbosch. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

pure chardonnay, with a biscuity, honey-flecked mousse

2008 Morgenhof Estate Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch. £10.99, Waitrose

exceptional Cape-meets-Vouvray dry white, rich in peachy flavours

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2008 Yalumba Y Series Viognier, South Australia (£7.49, 14.5%, Majestic)

creamy, apricotty, palate-coating

2006 d'Arry's Original, McLaren Vale (£9.20, 14.5%, Bibendum; Wine Soc)

ripe, full-bodied, spicy, raspberryish

Campbell's Rutherglen Muscat (£9.49 per half, 17.5%, Waitrose)

thick, figgy, pruney

2007 De Bortoli Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley (£17.99, 13%, Oddbins)

refined, elegant, Volnay-like

2002 Tyrrell's Winemaker's Selection Vat 1 Semillon (£21.99, 10%, N Young; Swig)

fresh, youthful, minerally, ageworthy

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

The Society's ­Exhibition Viejo Oloroso Dulce (£10.95; 20% abv, Wine Soc)

rich, raisiny; superb with a slice of ­Lincolnshire Poacher

Plantagenet Riesling 2008 (£10.95; 11.5% abv The Wine Society)

Dry, succulent, striated with the taste of lime cordial and mandarin

De Martino Legado Limari Valley Chardonnay 2008 (£7.50; 14% abv Wine Soc)

you can almost see the crayfish swimming towards it

The Society's Rioja Crianza 2006 (£7.50; 13% abv The Wine Society)

A triumph of savour, fruit brightness and structure

Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba 2007 (£8.50; 14% abv, The Wine Society)

very stylish; light fragrance of petals and a twist of sour cherries

Scotland on Sunday - Rose Murray Brown

CASA SILVA RESERVA CARMENERE 2008, £8.95 Peckham & Rye

Delicious sweet/savoury notes, grilled meat undertones

DE MARTINO 347 CARMENERE 2008, £7.49 Majestic

Initially lush black fruits, very spicy, piquant notes

CARMENERE ANAKENA 2008, £7.49 Luvians, Aitkens

pungent sweet blackberry, with a smooth savoury finish.

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2005, (Majestic, £19.99 50cl; Waitrose, £10.99 25cl)

Super-sweet, with divine flavours of orange marmalade, fresh fig and barley sugar

Leyda Pinot Noir 2008, Las Brisas, Chile (Great Western Wine; £10.95)

Juicy blackcurrant and plum are the top notes; slightly spicy, hazelnutty

GH Martel Champagne Brut NV, France (Morrisons, £13.99; Tesco, £16.98)

Biscuit and toast, roasted almonds and a fresh, crisp bite – on fine form


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