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week beginning 03/12/2012

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Finest Old Vine Selection Tempranillo 2011. 2 @ £6 each Tesco

Beautifully fruity with a subtle earthy twist

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, California. £9.99 until Tues Waitrose

Deep, rich and intensely fruity, this is a brilliant red for turkey

Iona Chardonnay 2011 (South Africa) £14.99 M&S

Moreish and delicatley infused with subtle oak richness

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010, Mazzei. 2 @ £14.99 each Majestic

fragrant aromas but with a firm display of more savoury richness

Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2011. £5.29 Waitrose

Bright, pure and full or refreshing upbeat flavours

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne NV, France. £11.99, winerack

enough generous chardonnay character to give broad appeal

2007 Laithwaites Theale Vineyard Chardonnay, England. £31

cream and lemon peel, typical of chardonnay, but also with toasted brioche

2004 Billecart-Salmon Champagne France. £60, Oddbins

precise, direct acidity; buttered toast, orchard fruit, spiced nuts

Chateau de Montgueret 2011 Saumur Loire Valley, France. £7.99, M&S

Honey and beeswax give the impression of richness, before crunchy pear

Lammershoek 2010 Chenin Blanc Swartland, South Africa. £12.59, shjoneswines

concentrated with flavours of dried herbs, roasted nuts and the tropics

Dr Loosen 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Germany. £12.99, Sainsbury’s

Mosel’s hallmarks of flowers and minerals with the vintage’s weight of fruit

Ocean Eight 2010 Verve Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula, Aus. £27, Harvey Nics

pristine, sophisticated bottle reminiscent of the finest offerings from Chablis

Fondo Filara 2011 Frappato Nicosia, Sicily. £8.50, thewinesociety

raspberries, macerated cherries, cream and a twist of pepper

Yealands Estate 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir, New Zealand. £14.95, greatwesternwine

all perfume, red cherry fruit and spice; this is a bargain

2009 Lacoste Borie Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. £19.99, Tesco

early-drinking, accessible style; awash with seductive, plump black fruits

Carlo Ferragu 2009 Valpolicella Superiore Veneto, Italy. £29.50, swig

sensual glass full of violet, plum, chocolate and a dusting of winter spices

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2010 Le Passé Authentique, Saint Mont. £7.99 until Tue, Waitrose

appealing quince and grapefruit-zest quality

2009 Château de Flaugergues, Languedoc. £9.99, M&S

fragrantly spicy, this chocolatey, black cherry-centred blend

2007 Marqués de Riscal, Finca Torrea, Rioja. £20.99, Tesco

fine vanilla-scented perfume, with dark cherry and strawberry fruit

the Observer - David Williams

Sunny Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2011 (£10.99, Morrisons)

excellent, pristine, green-apple-flavoured Austrian white

Extra Special Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (£6.98, Asda)

distinctive sour cherry and dried herbs of sangiovese

Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz 2011 (from £7.90, formulawine; slurp; winesociety)

a plump, plummy, winter-warmer

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Quinta de Cavadinha 1998 Colheita (£30, selected M&S)

fabulously smooth, velvety

Noval Black (from £14.99 Frazier's; Cheers; Ocado; Fine Cheese Co; Adnams)

tastes (deliciously) of macerated cherries; immensely stylish

Niepoort The Senior Tawny (from £15.99 Butlers; Clifton; Bottle Apostle)

good partner for Christmas cake; warming, spicy

Maynards 10-Year-Old Tawny, £9.99 Aldi

a real bargain; really delicious- arriving in store Thursday

The Scotsman - Brian Elliot

Champagne Monsigny Brut No3 (£12.99, Aldi)

red apple and zesty Granny Smith mingles nicely with vague touches of vanillai

Champagne Comte de Brismand Brut Reserve (£12.99 Lidl)

adds a mellow toastiness without diminishing the lively, zippy mouthfeeli

Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut (Majestic £15)

extra sharpness emerges from its grapefruit – rather than lemon – epicentrei

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne (£14.98, from 12 December)

lively acidity; counterbalanced by attractive hints of custard cream biscuitsi

Finest Premier Cru NV Champagne (£14.99, down from £19.99, Tesco)

combines lemon flavours with the floral spicy touchesi

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (£40, WoodWinters)

flowery melon and luxury peach flavoursi

Taittinger Prestige Rosé Champagne (from £35 surf the net for stockists)

soft red apple and lively redcurrant in an almost soufflé-like openingi

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Extra Special Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina (Asda, £6.98)

juicy black cherry, damson, a creamy touch and fresh finish

Portillo Malbec 2011, Bodegas Salentein, Argentina (Majestic, £9.99)

A more serious malbec altogether, with a rich seam of cherry and plum

Berry Bros Argentina Malbec 2010, Pulenta Estates, Argentina (BBR, £10.95)

notes of cassis, liquorice and smoky, rich damson

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