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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Spy Mountain Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Tesco, £6.49 until June 22

Spy Mountain consistently makes good sauvignons, and ’09 is no exception

2008 Combe au Jacques Beaujolais-Villages, Louis Jadot, Tesco, £6.95.

at this price this beaujolais makes a good, chilled summer red.

2007 Alsace Pinot Blanc, Trimbach, France Majestic, £9.99.

oozing mouthwatering, rich, verdant, apple fruit.

2008 Dolcetto d’Alba, De Forville, Italy Majestic, 2 @ £6.95.

Delicious ripe, fat, plum and berry-charged dolcetto

2006 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France vineyardsdirect.com £18.95

rich, ripe, cedary, beefy, flavours

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Astrolabe Discovery Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£14.99 Waitrose)

Intriguing flavours and great length in the best French manner

Mission Estate Syrah 2008 (£13.33 everywine.co.uk)

Another subtle charmer from NZ in the peppery French style

The Hedonist Shiraz 2006 (£10.99 Waitrose)

A flavour-stacked Australian for those who can’t abide understatement

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay. Tesco £4.99 until Tuesday

benchmark refreshingly crisp melon and peachy chardonnay

2008 Alamos Malbec, Mendoza. £7.49, Majestic

rich in blackberry fruit flavours with a succulence of texture

2007 Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Les Chalumeaux. £35, Marks & Spencer

glorious example of Puligny; lees-derived mealy characters

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Vin de Pétanque, Mas de Libian (£7.99, 13%, Les Caves de Pyrène)

frothy and packed with quaffable syrah and grenache fruit

2009 Vin de Table Gamay, Marcel Lapierre (£9.79, 12.5%, Caves de Pyrène)

Light and refreshing with slightly tart red cherry and redcurrant fruit

2009 Verd Albera, Emporda (£9.90, 13%, www.artisanandvine)

perfumed and unoaked with citrus and orange peel flavours

2008 La Granacha Côtes du Rhône (£13.99, www.oddbins.com)

perfumed and refined with notes of violet and red fruits

2008 Clos Ouvert Huasa, Maule (£23, 14 per cent, www.artisanandvine.com)

silky and fine with incredible complexity

2006 Montlouis Sec, Le Volagré (£29.99, www.oddbins.com)

Honeyed and complex; bracing acidity, vanilla spice; impressive concentration

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Louis Fabre Viognier 2009 Pays d'Oc (£6.89, therealwineco.co.uk; 13% abv)

no faceful of honeysuckle here; tastes of ripe white peaches and juicy pears

Nyetimber Classic 2003 (£26, slurp, Wholefds, Lea & Sand, F&M, Forman & Field)

elegant, creamy flow of chardonnay and then builds steadily in your mouth

Scotsman - Brian Elliott

The Fab Cab Ruby Cabernet Shiraz 2008. £3.99, at Co-op

intense wine with smoky, black cherry flavours and green pepper finish

M&S Prosecco NV. £6.99 until 31 May, at M&S

rounded pear flavours and a nice nutty nose.

Fresita, Chile, 8 per cent. £6.99, at Henderson Wines

gentle, drink-anytime wine that is light with off-dry strawberry flavours

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 South African Reserve Chenin Blanc, 13.5%vol, (£3.99 until June 2; Spar)

clean, fresh, juicily inviting and ideal for picnics

2005 Viña Pomal Centenario Reserva Rioja, 13.5%vol, Spain (2 @ £8.99 Majestic)

utterly delicious, one of the finest riojas I've had in ages

2007 Château Pey la Tour Réserve, 13%vol, France (£9.95; Wine Society)

complex mix of cedarwood and cassis; concentrated slightly savoury bittersweet fruit


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