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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Codorníu Brut, Spain. 2 @ £5.99, Majestic

simple, zesty, citrus, slightly frothy, 11.5% alcohol fizz

Duval-Leroy, Fleur de Champagne 1er Cru Brut, £14.99 until May 4, Waitrose

delivering gorgeous, full, ripe, floral brioche-scented fruit

2007 Marqués de Monistrol, Vintage Cava Rosé Brut, Sains £6.49 until Tues

bold, partridge eye; lively, spicy, peppery, cherry-stashed

2005 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut, Majestic £17.99 until May 2

oozes ripe, musky, smoky, zesty fruit

2004 Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Waitrose, £30.99

very fine, rich, lingering, toasted walnut style

2002 Laurent-Perrier Brut, Maj £30 until May 2; Sains £29.99 until Tues

lively, fresh, floral, waxy champagne

Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Brut Sains £28.63, Asda, £33.74

elegant, bold, beefy, toasty rosé reeks enticingly of strawberries

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Château de la Dauphine 2001 Fronsac (£18.50 thewinesociety)

Ripe mulberries from ugly duckling year that became a swan

Jacob’s Creek St Hugo 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (£19.99 Sainsbury until May 3)

Minty Oz classic — ignore the branding

Chateau Clauzet St Estèphe 2008 (£16.67 Fine & Rare)

Dark-fruited, young and tasty from an overshadowed vintage

the Independent - Terry Kirkby

Château de Sabazan, Côtes de Saint-Mont 2005. £12.50, thewinesociety

big, earthy, richly intense wine which lingers long and spicily

Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2009. £8.29, ocado; £8.99, Sainsbury

bone-dry, fresh, palate-cleansing citrus flavours

Tagus Creek Rosé 2009. £5.99, Waitrose; £6.20, Asda

dry, raspberry-scented; decent structure and some edge

the Observer - David Williams

Palais des Anciens Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2009 (£7.59, Tesco)

full, weighty palate is like just-ripe white peaches

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.99, Wine Rack; £10.70 slurp)

alluring freshly sliced green beans, and a hint of toasty maturity

Yalumba Virgilius Viognier 2008 (from £23.50, selected Maj, Harrod, Self, slurp)

apricots and a whisper of honey on the nose; the palate is much sharper

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Henri de Lorgère Macon-Villages 2009 (£4.99; 13% abv Aldi)

frankly, could do duty for a chablis

Muriel Rioja Reserva 2005 (2 @ £6.39, 13% abv Majestic)

appealingly unreconstructed. Ideal for the Easter lamb

La Tour de Beraud 2009 Costières de Nîmes (~£8.30 rannochscott; ballantynes; Coodens; Grape & Grind)

gloriously rich, ripe

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2010 Yali National Reserve Viognier, Chile, 2 @ £5.99 Majestic

Fresh and smooth white with concentrated, aromatic peach flavours

2010 Terras de Felgueiras Vinho Verde, £6.60, Destination Wine, Aberdeen

minty and fresh with soft, off-dry flavours of red apple, banana and melon

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Slovenia (Waitrose, £8.99)

Wonderfully dry, fresh sauvignon from Slovenia

Bodegas Age Rioja 2009, Spain (Marks & Spencer, £6.99)

soft and almost leathery, with mellow flavours of red-berry fruit and spice

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora, (widely available ~£6.89 for 37.5cl)

A classic dessert wine; citrus-peel quality


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