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week beginning 06/04/2010

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Codorníu Brut, Majestic,2 @ £5.49 each; Morrisons £5.99

favourite Easter fizz: a purse-pleasing, light, lemony, zippy sparkler.

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, France Co-op, £16.99; Majestic, 2 @ £21.99

The best-value, big-name, non-vintage Easter champagne

2009 Chilano Sauvignon Blanc, Chile Morrisons, £3.99 until April 11

brilliant, zingy, lime and green pepper-laden sub-£4 Chilean white.

2008 Chilano Merlot-Shiraz, Chile Morrisons, £3.99 until April 11

Terrific bold, inky, raisin-and-burnt-plum, dirt-cheap Chilean red

Herbert Beaufort Carte d’Or Grand Cru, Brut Champagne, Marks & Spencer, £28

gorgeous, ripe, spicy, nutty grower’s champagne made from superior grand cru vineyards

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Château Bourgneuf 2006 (£18 a glass, Connaught hotel)

Rich, spicy and biteful

Château Cantemerle 1996 (£22 a glass, Connaught hotel)

A cedary beauty

Château Léoville Barton 1998 (£40 a glass, Connaught hotel)

Classic restraint and elegance

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2008 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier£7.65, Tesco

Vivid and succulently juicy with tobacco-y spiciness

2008 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Dom Jomain. £10.99, 2 @ £8.99, until Tues, Majestic

Beautifully made with a touch of subtle oak

2007 Château de Vaudieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. £18.99, Cooden Cellars, slurp.co.uk

Richly concentrated in spiced blackberry fruits

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Torres Viña Sol (£4.50, 11.85 per cent, Asda on offer)

youthful and appley with a bone-dry finish.

2008 Jacob’s Creek Riesling (£6.79, Waitr, Sains, Tesco, Morris, Booths)

Limey and fresh, with citrus fruit acidity and sweetness for balance

2008 Penfolds Koonunga Hill 76 Shiraz/Cabernet (2 @ £6.99 Majestic)

blackberry fruit and spice with lots of coconut and coffee bean

2009 First Cape Limited Release Pinotage (£6.99, 14 per cent, Morrison’s)

supple and aromatic with flavours of summer pudding

2008 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet (£6.99, Sains, Asda, Tesco, Waitr, Morris)

still one hell of a red at less than £7.

2008 Montana Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Marlborough (£8.99, Asda, Tesco, Sains, Morris)

nettley and tart with gooseberry and greengage notes

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

E Pira Barolo Cannubi 2005 (£63, Berry Bros, 3 @ £53.45 each slurp.co.uk)

sublime; barolo is like burgundy: spend money or don't bother

I Tre Vescovi Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2007 (£5.99 7 April-11 May, Waitrose)

Sappy, tensile; gentle smell of dried violets and sour cherries

Scotsman< - Rose Murray-Brown/h2>

La Barry Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Martin Meinert. £8.95, L'Art du Vin, Fine Wine Co

Pungent lime and gooseberry aromas, rich, fleshy, zippy acidity.

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2009. £9.49, Waitrose

Tropical fruit aromas, sleek, minerally stonefruit flavours.

Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008. £12.50, Swig

Very impressive, nettly, bright green apple fruit, nutty edge; superb quality.

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2008 Espelt Costa Brava Cariñena-Garnacha, Spain 13.5%vol, (£4.99 Co-op)

soft, mellow and rich with a long, warming finish.

2007 Château Henry de France, France 12.5%vol, (£6.99; Spar).

Crammed with rich dark berry fruit, it is surprisingly elegant

2008 Skalli Préférence Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, France (£8.99; Asda, Tesco).

toothsome stuff indeed; full, rich, ripe and spicy with some tannin

2008/09 Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 13%vol, (£7.99; Morrisons)

typical tropical Marlborough fruit, but also a welcome crisp minerality

2008 Cave des Vignerons de Bully, Beaujolais Blanc, (£6.99; Waitrose)

100 per cent chardonnay; subtle sweetness; crisp, clean and steely dry

2007 Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge, France 12.5%vol, (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

silky soft and juicy with concentrated red fruit aromas

2009 Familia Zuccardi Pinot Grigio/Torrontés, Argentina (£6.99; Oddbins).

Fresh and inviting with plenty of spicy floral notes and peachy stone fruit flavours

Sainsbury’s Demi-Sec Champagne NV, France 12.5%vol, (£17.98; Sainsbury’s)

Not cloying if drunk on its own on Easter Monday, mid-morning

2009 Mas de Cardeline Rosé, France 12%vol, (£8.99; Co-op)

A first-rate, delicately hued rosé from Provence in an absurdly stylish bottle

2004 Domaine Pouderoux Vendange Tardive Maury, France (£10.99 per 50cl; Waitrose)

lusciously sweet and spicy, without the high alcohol level of port


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