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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Gamay VdP de l’Ardèche, Cave de Saint-Désirat, Marks & Spencer, £3.99

Gorgeous, ripe, juicy, plummy, peppery fruit

2009 Corriente del Bio Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, Marks & Spencer, £5.99

Terrific bordeaux-style with lots of waxy, spicy yet still verdant fruit

2009 Cuvée Chasseur, VdP de l’Hérault, Waitrose, £3.99

ripe, juicy, red fruits-stacked, simple carignan, grenache and merlot blend

2009 Champteloup Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Waitrose, £5.99

lively, lemon zest-spiked floral muscadet

2008 Côtes du Rhône, La Sagesse, Domaine Gramenon, Caves de Pyrène £19.99

superb, supple, velvety; glorious wild, blackberry flavours

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha 2008 (£5.50-£6.45 Wine Soc, Grt Western Wine)

Splendidly cheap and flavourful, old-vine Spanish red

Château d’Or et de Gueules Les Cimels Rosé 2009 (£7.99 Real Wine Co)

dry and refreshing thirst-quencher from Diane de Puymorin’s vineyard

Kaituna Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (£9.99 Marks & Spencer)

Not a cheapo, but probably the best value Kiwi classic on the market

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Tesco Dão. £4.99

Light and spicy; juicily quaffable summery tinto

2008 Château Cabanes, Graves, Bordeaux. £9.99, to end May Oddbins

Punching above its weight; spicy cigar box undertones

2008 Achaval Ferrer Malbec, £13.99, Handford; Hailsham Cellars

violety aromas and subtle oak spice underlining black cherry fruit

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

Cuvée Chasseur 2009 Vin de Pays de l'Herault (£3.99; 12.5% abv Waitrose)

brilliant bright, juicy, off-you-go blend of carignan, grenache and merlot

Fontaine du Roy Costières de Nîmes 2008 (£5.99; 14% abv Waitrose)

good, honest

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

BOIZEL BRUT ULTIMO NV (£37.50 HENRIS OF EDINBURGH)

sleek, steely, very minerally, vibrant long finish

BOIZEL CHARDONNAY NV (£37.50 HENRIS OF EDINBURGH)

Yeasty notes, rich citric creamy, textured sleek Blanc de Blancs

BOIZEL VINTAGE 2000 (£39.95 HENRIS OF EDINBURGH)

Worth paying a little more for this racy, minerally, fresh 2000

BOIZEL JOYAU DE FRANC 1996 (£65 HENRIS OF EDINBURGH)

Rich toasty, delicate creamy rich length, superb long finish from a top vintage

the Telegraph - Jonny Ray

2009 Inycon Fiano Grower's Selection, Italy (£5.99; Waitrose)

crisp, fresh; beguiling hints of honey, herbs and citrus fruits

2007 'Les Closiers' Châteauneuf-du-Pape, (£6.99 per 25cl; Marks & Spencer)

full of ripe, spicy, dark fruit complete with sturdy tannins

2008 Château d'Anglès 'Classique', France (£9.99; Hawkshead; Hanging Ditch)

savoury, complex and full-flavoured; great alternative to chardonnay


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