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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Cuvée Fleur Rosé Pays d’Hérault. Waitrose, £4.29

delicious, simple, supple, fruity rose-scented summer glugger

2009 Domaine de Pellehaut, Harmonie, Béraut, Booths, £4.99; Cambridge WM £5.99

Stunning jewel-pink bargain; mouthwateringly intense

2009 French Rosé d’Anjou, Ackerman St Hilaire, Loire. Marks & Spencer, £5.99

low-alcohol, sweet, summer pudding- scented pink swigger

2009 Château Guiot Rosé, Costières de Nîmes. Majestic2 @ £5.99 each

lots of firm, refreshing, lemony fruit, this is almost a pale red

2009 Château Lauduc, Bordeaux Rosé. Oddbins, £8.99

rich, floral, curranty cabernet franc fruit, is great value for money

Oeil de Perdrix Brut Rosé Champagne. Majestic, £18 until June 7

ripe, elegant, blackberry and blackcurrant-scented fruit

2009 Château Miraval Rosé Côtes de Provence. Oxford WC £11.99; Fortnum & M £12.50

Bursting with elegant, bone-dry, floral fruit

2009 Château Pigoudet, La Chapelle, Provence. Majestic, 2 @ £7.99 each

delicious dry, floral, herby, faintly raspberry-scented fruit

2009 Saint Roch-les-Vignes, Côtes de Provence. Majestic, 2 @ £5.99 each

light, floral, smoky, grenache and cinsault fruit

2009 Dom de la Mordorée, La Dame Rousse Tavel Rosé. Berry Bros £17.95; Bancroft £14.50

dry, darker and fuller-bodied than most and best served with food

2009 La Grille Rosé d’Anjou, Gwénaël Guihard, Loire. Majestic, 2 @ £5.99 each

easy-going, soft, sweet, curranty fruit that goes down well

2009 Château Sainte Eulalie, Minervois. The Wine Society £6.95

Terrific dry, spicy, plum and cherry-packed

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant, Vin Mousseux. Caves de la Pyrène £16.99

delicious, light, verdant, perfumed, floral, fizzy rosé

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Fernet-Branca (£22.07 thewhiskyexchange.com)

The ultimate bitter sip

Campari (£12.41 Asda)

Foxy red bitters twinkle on your taste buds

Corona (£4.55 for four Sainsbury’s)

A light, summery lager for the ladies

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Gamay. £3.99, Marks & Spencer

vivid summery red; sweet pepper and berry aromas; quaffable cherryish fruit

2009 Jerusalem Ormoz Pinot Grigio. £6.99, down from £9.99, Waitrose

crisp Slovenian example; cleansing spritz and apple and pear flavours

2007 Crozes Hermitage Domaines Les Lises Maxime Graillot. £15.95, Berry Bros

perfume that carries through to a spicy, blackberry succulence

the Times - Tim Atkin

2008 The Naked Grape Riesling, Pfalz (£6.49, 11.5%, Booths; £6.99, Waitrose)

juicy and faintly exotic, with flavours of white peach and nectarine

2008 Dr L Riesling, Mosel (from £6.79, 8.5%, Maj, Sains, Asda, Oddb, Boo, Tesco)

crisp, appley and light-bodied with enough sweetness for balance

2008 Mineralstein Riesling, Pfalz/Mosel (£6.99, 11.5%, Marks & Spencer)

Perky and just off-dry, this is floral and fresh with racy acidity

2002 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, (£8.99, Majestic)

delicious characters of fresh lime, toast and (dare I say it?) petrol

2008 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, Mosel (£9.90, Tanners)

Utterly wonderful on the palate: light, bright and youthful

2008 Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (£12.49, 7.5%, Waitrose)

very complex wine, with notes of blackcurrant leaf, pepper and yellow peach

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Torres Viña Sol 2009 (11.5% abv) £5, Sainsbury's

clean-edged freshness and gentle tinge of green apple

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2009 (£7.49, Majestic; 11.5% abv)

smells of fresh grapes, lychees and fat pink clover petals

La Différence Viognier Muscat 2008 (£5.99, Tesco; 13% abv)

just off-dry; reminds me of fragrant Charentais melons and jasmine

La Différence Old Vine Carignan 2008 (£5.99, Tesco; 13.5% abv)

brambly, loose-textured

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha 2008 (£5.50-£6.45, Wine Soc; Adnams; Gt Western Wine)

reach and ripeness; a real wine

Gaston de Veau Rouge 2009 (£4.99, Marks & Spencer; 12.5% abv)

easy, soft, relaxed and spicy, and would be good with a hog roast

Pleyades Garnacha Rosado 2008 (£5.61, Asda; 13% abv)

a deep peony pink, soft but dry, and vividly fruity

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

Crozes Hermitage, Domaine Nouvelere 2007 (£18.65 fromvineyardsdirect.com)

resonant forest fruit/violet aromas, hint of pepper, savoury flavours

Crozes Hermitage, Domaine les Chenets 2007 (£13.49 Luvians)

succulent blackcherry fruit, juicy acidity and typically edgy feel

Crozes Hermitage, Alberio Bouvet 2006 Domaine Gilles Robin (£15.50 Wine Soc)

Fresh plummy spicy, touch of tar and violets, deep gutsy concentration

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 Quinta de Azevedo, Portugal (£4.87 until May 11; Waitrose)

full of charming apple-like fruit and a refreshing spritz

2008 Cantina Cortaccia Cabernet, Italy (£7.99; Ten Green Bottle)

lovely ripe fruit and a touch of herbal spiciness; best served slightly chilled

2006 Jacques Depagneaux Gamay, France (£4.95; Wine Society)

Soft, fruity and refreshing; simple, carefree and gloriously gluggable

2009 Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Les Cimels’, France (£7.99; Real Wine Co)

an absolute peach; Light and delicate with hints of wild strawberries

Abel Charlot NV Champagne, France (£13.99 until May 3; Marks & Spencer)

full of creamy apple flavours with hints of nuts and brioche

2008 See Saw Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Australia (£7.99; Waitrose)

Dry, crisp and zesty with a backbone of rounded fruit

2004 Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage, Portugal (£9.96 until June 12; Asda)

buckets of black, plummy fruit and hints of liquorice

Talisker 10 Year Old, Scotland (£29.99; Sainsbury’s, Tesco)

invitingly smoky; touch of sweetness; distinctive notes of pepper and spice

2000 Mercurey, Roger Sauvestre, France (£12.65; from vineyardsdirect.com)

utterly delicious white burgundy from the Côte Chalonnaise

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut, England (£17.99; Morrisons, Waitrose, Selfridges)

one of the best to be made in this green and pleasant land


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