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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France Asda, £3.97

oozes appealing, soft, grapey, spicy fruit.

2009 Côtes du Rhône, Skalli, France Asda, £3.57

delicious fat, ripe, spiced plum everyday swigger

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Maycas del Limari, Marks & Spencer, £6.99 until Oct 31

Gorgeous sauvignon with lots of green bean and green tomato flavours

2008 Cerro Syrah, De Martino, Chile Marks & Spencer, £7.99

new-wave juicy, inky, creosote and bramble-spiked syrah

2007 Collioure, Puig Oriol, Domaine La Tour Vieille Yapp Brothers, £14.95

will develop more layers of complex, rich, savoury, truffley fruit

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Some wines by the glass at the Coburg Bar of the Connaught hotel in Mayfair

Château Bourgneuf 2006 (£18 a glass)

Rich, spicy and biteful

Château Cantemerle 1996 (£22 a glass)

A cedary beauty

Château Léoville Barton 1998 (£40 a glass)

Classic restraint and elegance

the Independent - Anthony Rose

Saluti NV Vino da Tavola Bianco. £4.99, Waitrose

zingily unoaked, peachy dry; twist of grapefruit zestiness.

2009 The Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc Reserve. 2@£7.99, until 1 Nov Majestic

tinged with green pepper, prefers to remain anonymous.

2008 Bonny Doon Mourvèdre Central Coast, California. £11.99, Marks & Spencer

aromatic dark red berry fruitiness and refreshing acidity

the Times - Tim Atkin

2009 Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhône Villages (£5.99, 14.5%, Sainsbury’s)

spicy, textured and unoaked with a core of red fruits and refreshing acidity

2010 Domaine Vistalba, Viñalta Malbec, Mendoza (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

youthful, violet-scented and juicy with flavours of plums and blackberries

2009 Taste the Difference Petit Chablis (£7.49, 12.5%, Sainsbury’s)

stony, creamy, unoaked example from the excellent chablis co-operative

2009 Planalto Douro Reserva Branco (2 @ £5.49 each, Majestic)

crisp and bone dry with aromas of dried herbs, a hint of orange peel

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Fief Guérin Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2009 (£6.49, Waitrose)

reminds me of surf breaking on a rough sea under a grey sky

L d'Or de Pierre Luneau 1999 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie (£14.99, lescaves)

Eleven! And it does merit drinking without food, thoughtfully, blissfully, even

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2008 Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Central Otago, New Zealand, £12.99, Sainsbury

Magnificent raspberry and cherry pinot with a long chocolate finish

2008 Asda White Burgundy Lugny, France, £5.12, Asda

Fresh, lemon and tropical flavours and only the sparing use of oak

2008 Domaine Moulin Gimie Languedoc, France, £7.75, Wood-Winters

deep and concentrated merlot with smooth cherry and blackcurrant flavours

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Sesti Castello di Argiano Grangiovese Toscana 2008 Italy (£12.90, Tanners)

big, loose-textured red; pleasing element of rusticity

Catching Thieves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Australia (£7.49 until Oct 28, Sains)

stylish, easy and uplifting white; gooseberry and white peach vibrancy

La Croisade Reserve Merlot 2009, France (£5.49 when you buy two, Majestic)

dry, tindery herbs and leaves of the garrigue


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