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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2009 Première Vendange Touraine Henry Marrionet,The Wine Society £9.95

extra-juicy, extra-ripe Touraine gamay; velvety, red fruits

2009 Le Paradis Chinon, Les Chevaux Blancs, Waitrose £9.39

terrific, plump, verdant, silky, violet-scented cabernet franc

2009 Château Fouquet, Saumur Rouge, Yapp Brothers, £10.95

gorgeous, complex, spicy, raspberry-charged

2009 Château Chassantour, Régnié, Tanners,£9.20

all sensuous, silky, floral, plummy elegance

2009 Bourgogne Rouge, Maison Ambroise, Montrachet, £12

superb, sweet, spicy, plum and strawberry-charged

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

2007 Sijnn Red, South Africa (£17.75 bibendum-wine.co.uk)

Sunny southern fruit, with purity and bite

2007 Raka Petit Verdot, South Africa (£16.50 harrods)

Intriguing spice and sour cherries, almost oriental

2005 Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, South Africa (£12.85 slurp.co.uk)

Fragrant and caressing, the antithesis of brutal

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Asda Valpolicella. £3.98, Asda

cherryish fruit is full of flavour, freshness and texture

2009 Tesco Finest* Roussanne. £8.99, Tesco

lightly flecked with a spicy oak backed by a citrusy twist

2007 Les Ollieux, Corbières Boutenac. £19.99, case price £15.99, Oddbins

Vivid and intensely spicy with aromas of angostura

the Observer - David Williams

Asda Marsanne, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France, 2009 (£3.98, Asda)

gentle reminder of summer, with notes of honeysuckle and white blossom

Dry Furmint, Royal Tokaji, Hungary 2007 (2 @ £7.99, Majestic)

powerful, honeyed dry white is underpinned with succulent acidity

Palatia Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany 2009 (£8.49, Marks & Spencer)

Beaujolais-like, exuberant raspberry fruit and soft tannins

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc (£11.75; 13% abv Private Cellars)

You'd be hard pushed to find a better burgundy for the price

Enrique Foster Ique Malbec 2008 (on offer at £7.88; 14% abv Private Cellars)

enjoyably exuberant red and which I'd happily drink with turkey or beef

Domaine de la Paleine Scherzo 2008 (£10.99; 14% abv Ten Green Bottles)

lovely, off-dry chenin that would add real class to jazzed-up turkey leftovers

Pietraluna Negroamaro 2009, Italy (£6.99; 13% abv The Real Wine Co)

comfortingly brambly; would be great with lasagne and other hearty pasta bakes

Boas Vinhas Dao 2008 (£7.99; 13% abv The Real Wine Co)

elegant, modern Portuguese red to drink with goose or game

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

The Original Malbec 2009 Rigal, £7.67 Asda

rich cherries, plums and blackfruits with liquorice spicy undertones

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2009, £9.99 Majestic Wine

ripe, fleshy and soft with rich lush mouthfeel

Piedra Negra Malbec 2006, £25 Tanners; Robertsons; Bennets; Harrods

refined example with inky depth of colour and very complex liquorice notes

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Sémillon 2005, Sains, £8.99; Maj and Wine Rack, £9.99

Shot through with inflections of preserved lemons and hay

Pinot Gris Reserve Cave de Beblenheim Alsace 2008, Waitrose, £8.99

Gently floral; subtle notes of dried fig and confit pears

Trenel 'Esprit de Marius Sangouard’ Julienas 2009, Wine Society, £9.50

Vinous and lush for a Beaujolais, with an insistent seam of minerality

Château Lauduc Classic 2008, Oddbins, £8.49/ £6.79 in a mixed dozen

Fragrant, fresh and crisp

Les Crouzes Old Vines Carignan 2009, Co-op 200 branches, £5.19

Jolly, uplifting and juicy; reminiscent of cranberries

Clos d’Yvigne Princesse de Cleves Bergerac Sec 2008, Majestic, 2 @ £6.99

vivid, astringent stabs of grapefruit pith and dried lemons

Cape Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2009, Harrogate WC £15.95; Handford £16.99

Pure class; glorious, mealy, nutty, mineral, barrel-fermented chardonnay

Crozes-Hermitage Yann Chave 2008, Majestic, 2 @ £13.99

my goodness, this is good. Proper, structured, animal red wine

Waitrose Brut Champagne NV, Waitrose, £15.99 until December 7

Extremely good supermarket own-label made by P&C Heidsieck

Pol Roger Vintage Magnum 1999, Oddbins, £89.95 or £71.96 as part of a mixed dozen

Serious, subtle and mellowing beautifully as it ages


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