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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Marks & Spencer’s 2008 Petit Chablis, £8.99

classic lemon zest and cheese-spiked

Domaine des Maréchaudes 2007 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Oddbins £9.99

elegant, zesty, plum-packed

2009 Moscato d’Asti Gemma. Oddbins, £6.99

sweet, fragrant, spicy

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 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99 on offer Majestic

Underscored by green pepper with a grapefruity tang on the aftertaste

2008 Chablis Cuvée Amandine, France. £12.99, Oddbins

subtle, lees-derived complexity and texture; bone-dry, crisp and refreshing

2008 Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen, £11-£12.99, WoodWinters; Tanners

wisp of white pepper; tongue-tingling apple and pear spritz-freshness

2008 Howard Park Riesling, Western Australia, £12.95, Noel Young; Bibendum

scented with floral and citrus notes; fresh zestiness of limes

2008 Zuani Vigne Bianco Collio, Friuli,

fresh citrusy aromas, rich, intense stonefruit flavours, £16.95 Lea & Sandeman

2005 Cloudy Bay Pelorus, New Zealand, £14.99, to 7 June, Majestic

aromatically complex with apple-crisp flavours, a fine, textured mousse

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

Margrain Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£11.99, Oddbins; 13%)

utterly delicious; like bright sunlight slipping over the ridge of a mountain

Pujalet 2009 Vin de Pays du Gers (£4.99, Waitrose; 11.5%)

reminds me of poached pears, perhaps tinged with orange blossom water

Schiefer­terrassen Riesling Heymann-Löwenstein 2007 Mosel (£17.99, Oddbins)

all about perfume – apple strudel and white blossom layering and winding

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

Pinot Noir Rosé 2007 Domaine Begude (£8.95, www.terroirlanguedoc.co.uk)

cool vibrant consistently quaffable fruit-driven rosé

Picpoul De Pinet 2008 Dme Felines-Jourdan (£7.50, www.thewinesociety.com)

A light lemony white, a Muscadet-style aperitif with a bit more muscle

St Chinian 2008 Alain Chignon (£6.99, Waitrose)

soft lush succulence, herby spice and easy approachable style in this red

Maury 2005 Domaine Soulanes (£11.75, www.terroirlanguedoc.co.uk)

Lush, sweet cherried, velvet smooth red; extremely well-balanced

La Soula Blanc 2007 (£20.95, www.terroirlanguedoc.co.uk)

Floral apricot honeysuckle bouquet with vivid minerality

Deusyls De La Peira Blanc 2007 (£23.49, www.bbr.com)

Fennel and lemon bouquet, velvet smooth palate

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 'Cut Grass' New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5%vol, (£4; Tesco)

typical Kiwi "cut grass" characteristics along with hints of tropical fruit

2008 Château de Pennautier, 13%vol, France (2 @ £5.99 Majestic).

satisfyingly well-structured and complex blend; fruity but firm

2007 Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 13%vol, France (£7.99; Lidl).

surprisingly tasty (given its price); ripe fruit, gentle tannins and a touch of cedar


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