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week beginning 17/10/2011

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Asda Extra special Champagne, 18

Fine bubbles, balanced with perfect weight and texture

Sainsbury's Brut Rosé, 19.29

Summery red fruit flavours and a jubilant freshness

Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne 2004, 25.99

Toasty aromas; fuses creaminess impeccably with zing

Herbert Beaufort Carte d'Or grand Cru, 30 M&S

Richly flavoured with a fresh, polished finish

Mayu Selected Vineyards Syrah 2008, Chile. 9.49, Waitrose

Punchy, peppery flavours with bold, smoky depth

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Asda Extra Special Crozes Hermitage 2008 (12.5%, 6.50 on offer)

inky and dark, thick with black fruit and aged in French oak

Amalaya de Colome Malbec blend 2009 Salta, (14%, Majestic, 2 @ 6.99)

has rare finesse to its meaty depth

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (14%, 14.99, Waitrose Direct & 2 branches)

curranty, just-beginning-to-relax cabernet; better than any claret at this price

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest* Muscadet Sur Lie, 5.99, Tesco

Sea-breezy on the nose; crisp, appley tang to the fruit

2006 Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia, 2 = 9.99, Majestic

spicy undertones of vanilla to the dark fruit concentration

2008 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay, Auckland, 19.92, Tanners

burgundian-style complexity enhanced by a lively freshness

the Observer - David Williams

Marks & Spencer Negroamaro, Puglia, 2010 (5.99, marksandspencer.com)

dried and fresh cherry and plum with a twist of dark coffee

Howard Park Madbay Shiraz, Western Australia 2008 (9.99, Tesco)

spicy red and black fruit, a little vanilla and a freshness

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay, New Zealand 2008 (19.92, Tanners)

refined but concentrated; carefully oaked and slightly savoury

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Waitrose Seriously Plummy Maury. 9.99 50cl

quite a bit lighter than port and good value at 9.99 a 50cl bottle.

Brown Brothers' Cienna Rosso (Waitrose, 9.99; 7.5% abv)

off-dry; works well with dark chocolate

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (8.99 - 9.99 50cl Morrisons, Waitrose, Majestic)

rich, marmaladey

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez (7.99 50cl)

keep the sweetest of sweet-toothed guests happy

Bleasedale The Wise One Tawny 10-Year-Old (10.50, The Wine Society)

most sublime drink; drier than liqueur muscat; less spirity than tawny port

Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

EXTRA SPECIAL CHILEAN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 Errazuriz (7.48, Asda)

Grassy nose, vibrant, clean and crisp; lacks depth, but good value

SECANO ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Vina Leyda (8.49, Marks & Spencer)

Gooseberry and lime, succulent and fresh, well priced

MAYCAS DE LIMARI RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 (9, Tesco)

Green fruit aromas, full ripe citric palate, minerally undertones

RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Casa Silva (8.50, Inverarity; Jobling; Stainton)

Vanilla notes, hints of herbs, tropical fruits with a fresh dry finish

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Taste the Difference Sparkling French Medium-Dry Cider (Sainsbury's, 1.99)

subtle sweetness, a fine froth and a soft, gentle finish

Kingston Redstreak Cider, Herefordshire (onceuponatree.co.uk, 5)

true, natural apple intensity, and ripe, slightly tannic finish

Somerset Cider Brandy, Five-Year-Old (F&M, selected Waitrose, from 19.29)

gorgeous, mellow-yet-warming, richly fruited spirit; Sip and savour


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