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week beginning 20/12/2010

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

San Leo Prosecco Brut, Italy Waitrose, £5.99 until January 4

terrific light, floral, lemon zest-style treat

2006 Barolo, Villa Peironte, Marks & Spencer, £10 until Dec 31

fine, beefy barolo, whose leafy fruit finishes on a pleasing, savoury note

2009 Jackson Estate Stitch Sauvignon Blanc, Waitrose, £7.99 until Jan 4

Mouthwatering, vibrant, gooseberry and tropical fruit pizzazz

2008 Margaret River Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, M&S, £7.49 until Dec 31

Glorious, zesty, pea-pod and green tomato -scented festive apéritif

1998 Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port, Tesco, £20 until January 3

seductive, spicy, perfumed, blackberry and black pepper-laden

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2008 (£16.33

Peach, lemon and hazelnuts

The Society’s Exhibition Chardonnay Tasmania 2009 (£12.95 Wine Society)

Fine, understated cream and citrus

Marchand & Burch Porongurup Chardonnay 2009 (£23.25 Bibendum)

Ambitious, lightly oaked and spicy from a Franco-Australian venture

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Moncaro Rosso Piceno Superiore, Marche. £4.99, Waitrose

cherry flavours and vivid freshness

2009 Palais des Anciens Côtes Du Roussillon Blanc. £6.99, Tesco

refreshing blend with its soft apple and stonefruit flavours

2005 Principesco Brunello di Montalcino. £14.99 on offer, selected Sainsbury's

aromatic quality and rich, concentrated cherry fruit

the Observer - David Williams

Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon, Chile 2007 (2 @ £4.79, 37.5cl, Majestic)

tropical-fruit salad of clementine, guava and banana in a fresh, zingy syrup

Darting Estate Scheurebe Beerenauslese, Germany 2007 (£17, 50cl, Marks & Spencer)

pure-grapefruit version of those Newberry Fruit jellies

Gonzalez Byass, Matusalem Oloroso, Spain (£15.47, 37.5cl,

astonishingly rich and concentrated; explodes on the palate

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Waitrose's Special Reserve Champagne 2002 (£22.99)


Heidsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top (on offer at £17 at Asda)

The crisp, fresh though it's not worth £27.99 at Sainsbury's

Ridgeview Marksman Brut (£22, Marks & Spencer; 12%)

gorgeous, honeyed

Cava Torre Oria Brut (£8.99, or £6.74 if you buy six, Oddbins; 12%)

amazingly rich

Jansz from Tasmania (£12.99 Oddbins; £12.95,; 12.2%)

impressively champagne-like

Lindauer Brut Rosé (£9.99, Oddbins; 2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

flirty – it's more appealing than their standard brut

The Scotsman - Rose Murray Brown

MACON "TERROIR DE CHARNAY" 2009 Christophe Cordier (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

incredible concentration of citrus fruits and beautifully balanced oak

BOURBOULENC 2009 Domaine de Simonet (£7.50, The Wine Society)

deliciously citrusy aperitif - a great bargain at this price.

ARTERO MACABEO 2009 Bodegas Munoz (£5.99, Penicuik Wines)

remarkably affordable quaffer with lemon and apricot flavours

GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 (£14.99, Luvians, Peter Green, Woodwinters)

beautifully judged ripe, limey Sauvignon.

THREE AMIGOS WHITE 2007 McHenry Hohnen (£12.99, Oddbins, £14.95, Berry Bros)

Aromatic, textured and complex.

SYLVIA RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 Small & Small (£13.99,

rich papaya notes and a restrained, crisp zesty palate

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe 2006 Côtes de Castillon, France (13.5%, Waitrose, £10.99)

Merlot-based, it has softness and great charm.

Barnaut Grande Réserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy NV (12.5%, £24.95, Lea & Sandeman)

100 per cent pinot noir and very evocative

Gulfi Nerojbleo 2006 Italy (14%, Oddbins, £16.99/£12.74 in a mixed six)

superb Sicilian red made from nero d’avola which is complex and unusual

Pinot Grigio Frunza 2009 Romania (13%, Oddbins, £5.99/£4.49 in a mixed six)

clean, easy and looks very smart

Montgravet Chardonnay 2009 France (12%, Waitrose, £4.99)

classy package; crisp with a melon-like texture

Lammershoek Syrah Carignan Grenache 2007 (14.5%, Oddbins, £12.99/£9.74 in a mixed six)

big, rich, oaked and juicy. It’s also lovely and is made from old vines

Frantz Saumon Minerale 2009 Montlouis, France (13.5%, Vagabond Wines, £15.50)

reminds me of the honeyed white tubes in a head of clover and quince

Marques de Grinon Caliza 2006 Spain (14.5%, M&S 100 stores only, £9.99)

modern, judiciously oaked blend of syrah and petit verdot.

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