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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

Confin Single Vineyard Viognier, Chile 2009 (£9.99, Oddbins)

great intensity of peachy fruit, and a lovely rounded texture

Whirlpool Reach Riesling, Tasmania, Australia 2008 (£10.99, Oddbins)

bright lemon-peel, lime and a hint of caraway seed

Kuru Kuru Central Otago Pinot Noir, New Zealand 2007 (£18.99, Oddbins)

sweet, ripe, very pure red fruit flavour, and a supple, sensual texture

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

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliott

2009 Waitrose Barossa Shiraz Reserve, Australia, 14.5%, £8.99 Waitrose

concentrated mint and blackcurrant flavours and lovely touches of soft fruit

2009 Vavasour Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 13%, £6.99 Majestic

asparagus and gooseberry flavours yet underlying hints of orange

2007 De Grendel Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa, 14.5% £10.99, Inxs (Edinburgh)

Sophisticated red; white pepper, chocolate and a floral backdrop

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Domaine la Salette 2009, Vin de Pays, France (Berry Bros & Rudd, £6.95)

refreshing, fairly light and lemony, without a trace of sourness

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2009, Australia (Majestic, £5.99)

Subtle, rounded, with soft notes of angelica and peach

Gran Lopez Tinto Garnacha-Tempranillo 2009, Campo de Borja, (Waitrose, £4.99)

sweetly ripe blend delivers rich fruitcake and red-berry compote

Celliers des Dauphins 2009, Coteaux du Tricastin, (Waitrose, £4.79)

sumptuously complex, even savoury flavours. Black treacle, blackberries and cloves

Sansovino Raboso 2007, Veneto, Italy (Berry Bros & Rudd, £6.95)

Bursting with crunchy, pippy flavours of redcurrant, strawberry and cherry

Yali Wetland Merlot 2009, Colchagua, Chile (Tesco, £6.49)

Ripe plums and red cherries mingle in this easy-drinking, pasta-friendly merlot


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