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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Mourvèdre, Savignac Vineyard, VdP d’Oc, Paul Mas, France. Majestic, 2 @ £6.49

Eaten with a good steak, the mourvèdre grape turns into a bold, tasty, pruney red.

2009 Vermentino, VdP d’Oc, Paul Mas, France. Majestic Wine 2 @ £5.99

Sparky, citrusy white, made from the Italian grape vermentino

2009 Salomon Groovey, Grüner Veltliner, Austria. Oddbins £7.99

delicious pepper and lemon zest-styled white.

2009 Leyda, Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Chile. Wine Society, £7.95

gorgeous, verdant sauvignon is as good as this grape gets in Chile.

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne, France. D Lambert, Hennings, Last Drop, £26.99

oodles of elegant lemon brioche-scented fruit, with a superb, lively finish

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Clocktower Pinot Noir 2008 (£11.49 Marks & Spencer)

Delicious once it had been rogan-joshed

Ara Composite Pinot Noir 2007 (£12.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)

Spice, cherries and a hint of chocolate — no need for curry

Mount Difficulty Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 (£21.99 Waitrose)

Can be cellared for 10 years to reveal its exotic complexity

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Muscadet Sautejeau, Côte de Charme. £4.69, Waitrose to 27 September

sea-breezy; ripe fruitiness that finishes refreshingly dry

2008 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah, New Zealand. £8.99, Sainsbury's

close in style to the Rhône's Crozes Hermitage in its smoky, peppery scents

2004 Brunello di Montalcino, Gianni Brunelli. £30, Majestic Fine Wine

rich dark cherry and mulberry fruit framed by spicy oak

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Taste the Difference Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur (£6.29, 12%, Sainsbury’s)

delicious, fermentation lees-aged Muscade; Bone dry, zesty and seafood-friendly.

2007 Taste the Difference Vintage Cava Rosé Brut (£6.99, 11.5 per cent, Sainsbury’s)

Balanced and creamy with lovely raspberry fruit.

2009 Asda Extra Special Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (£6.38, 13.5 per cent)

bright, gooseberry and elderflower-scented sauvignon with refreshing zip

2008 Tesco Finest Beyers Truter Pinotage (£7.99, 14.5 per cent)

rich and smooth and stylishly oaked with liquorice, raspberry and a hint of wood smoke

2008 Asda Extra Special New Zealand Pinot Noir (£9.20, 13.5 per cent)

delightfully up-front, ready-to-drink pinot from Wither Hills

2005 Tesco Finest Barolo £15.49, 13.6 per cent)

truffly, leafy and mature

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling 2008 (£8.69, Majestic; 11% abv)

head-and mouth-cleanser, and pretty food-friendly

Tesco Finest Grenache Marsanne 2009 Pays d'Oc (£6.99; 12% abv)

herb-tinged, very textured white; lovely with fresh, fishy starters

Château d'Or et de Gueules Les Cimels Costières de Nîmes 2007 (£8.99, Real Wine Co)

leathery, cured saddle note; calms into mokka, figs and prunes

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

CONOSUR PINOT NOIR 2009 (2 @ £5.59 Maje; £7.49 Wait, Morr, Sains, Tesco, Oddb)

soft lush succulent example; New World Pinot typicity to a modest price

COTEAUX DU GIENNOIS PINOT NOIR 2008 Domaine de Villargeau (£8.50 Wine Society)

juicy ripe, but light, style with good tannic grip to the finish

STRATUM PINOT NOIR 2007(£10.99 Oddbins)

excellent value with its ripe sweet flavours, soft oak notes

APSLEY GORGE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2006 (£16.67 Justerini & Brooks)

finely balanced Pinot. Tasmania is a place to watch in future

DVERI PAX MODRI PINOT NOIR 2007 (£16 enjoyserendipity.co.uk)

well-balanced, ripe, gentle fruit, very stylish

LOMA LARGA PINOT NOIR 2007 (£12.26 Justerini & Brooks)

juicy raspberry and cherry fruit flavour with uncomplicated bitter-sweet notes

LEMELSON SIX VINEYARDS OREGON PINOT NOIR 2006 (£18 Wine Society)

Very plummy generously fruity, elegant organic Pinot.

PAUL BLANCK PINOT NOIR 2008 (£12.99 Waitrose)

freshness, raspberry fruits and finesse; Serve slightly chilled

ESCARPMENT PINOT NOIR 2008 (£17.39 Great Grog, Edinburgh)

exotically ripe succulent silky, but well-balanced, Pinot

THE SOCIETY'S CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2008 (£12.95 Wine Society)

velvet smooth, rich soft plummy Pinot. Delicious. Good value.

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2009 Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Blanc Réserve, 12% vol, France (£6.69 Waitrose)

typically charming, with soft, slightly spicy, aromatic fruit and an almost oily texture

Comte de Brismand NV Champagne, 12.5% vol, France (2 @ £10 each until Sept 15; Lidl)

pinot noir-rich blend, it is crisp and toasty with plenty of weighty fruit

2009 Clear Lake Chardonnay, 13% vol, California (£6.99; Marks & Spencer)

admirably restrained, with soft, supple, creamy fruit with touches of peach and pear


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