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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Chateau Laroque 2008 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe. £26.99 Waitrose

Epic vino. Earthy and truffly complexity with mellow spice

Heritage de Pierre Lurton 2009. £10.99 M&S

Sexy, balanced and beautiful red with a hint of Christmas spice

Christian Moueix 2009, £7.95 The Wine Society

Well structured red with a dark chocolate tang to the finish

Bordeaux Blanc 2011. £4.19 Aldi

This is a lemony white with and appetising simplicity

Carmagnole Prestige Caramany 2011. £9.99 M&S

Glorious trilogy of spice, structure and mellow fruit

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2009 Domaine de la Chanade Galien Gaillac Rouge. £7.49 M&S

liquorice aromas with cherry fruitiness topped off with a rustic freshness

2010 McManis Family Vineyards Viogner, California. £10.99, Waitrose

honeysuckle and apricot fruit; richness is leavened by refreshing acidity

2010 Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz. £22.25, Cambridge Wine

Elegant Aussie cool-climate shiraz with spicy undertones

the Observer - David Williams

Accademia dei Racemi Anarkos, IGT Puglia (£8.95, The Tasting Room)

quirky but accessible red; supple, aromatic and cherry-filled

Domaine Les Quatres Pilas Blanc, Languedoc 2011 (£8.99, Laithwaites)

very handy, versatile white; pretty, in a white-flowers-and-peaches way

Dom. des Coteaux des Travers Réserve, Rasteau 2009 (£13.65, vineyardsdirect.com)

typically robust and spicy red; with a surprising silkiness, elegance even

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Jacob's Creek Trilogy Sparkline Wine (£9.99 Majestic, £12.99 Ocado; 12% abv)

a rich, toasty blend of the classic champagne varieties

Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs/Blanc de Blancs (£18 and £14.99 respectively; 12% abv)

has the edge with its ultra-reliable

Tesco's Finest Vintage 2005 (£21.99; 12.5% abv)

is a cracking deal

Bollinger (£30 Nickolls and Perks)

cheaper than the £41.99 charged by most of the multiples

Asda Extra Special Vintage Cava (11.5% abv; £5 a bottle on "rollback")

surprisingly decent; inexpensive party fizz

The Scotsman - Brian Elliott

2011 Chablis France, 12.5 per cent. £7.69, Lidl

Delightful chablis at an astonishing price; flintiness; fresh orange and lemon

2006 Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva, 13.5 per cent. £5.99, Aldi

cherry and bramble fruit; minty and spice finish; vanilla

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Essensia Orange Muscat 2010, Andrew Quady, California (Majestic, £9.99 until 4 Feb)

orange and tangerine zest, plenty of sugar and incisive acidity

Asda Wine Selection Asti NV, Italy (£5.08)

delectable, as if fresh grapes and kiwis had been sprinkled with icing sugar

Chateau Gaudrelle Reserve Speciale Vouvray 2010 (selected Waitrose, £8.99)

Succulent apples and pears, walnut and a drizzle of honey; medium-sweet

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

San Leo Brut Prosecco NV Italy (12%; Waitrose, £6.66 until Jan 2)

Crunchy and herbaceous

Finest* Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Italy (11%; Tesco, £50.94 per case)

Feather-light prosecco, with a gentle taste of pear skin

Villa Cialdini Lambrusco Rosso 2011 Italy (11%; Real Wine Company, £8.99)

a red that sparkles but it's also dry and reminiscent of sour cherries

JS Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Champagne (12%; Sainsbury’s £14.98 until Jan 1)

All-chardonnay champagne made for by Duval Leroy. Very good

Real Wine Company Marc Chauvet Brut Tradition Champagne NV (12%; £19.99)

Warm in style, nicely biscuity, with personality

Sainsbury’s Brut Rose Champagne NV (12%; Sainsbury’s, £19.99)

Delicate pink fizz made, like the blanc de blancs, by Duval Leroy

Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2004 France (12.5%; £22.99 until Jan 1, Co-op)

Made by Regis Camus at Heidsieck this is a real in-the-know buy

Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Brut Grand Cru Bouzy (12.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £24.95)

Very alert, with a spicy, big-boned warmth

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 (12.5%; around £70, Berry Bros, Waitrose, Majestic)

with the added complexity and dimension of this superb vintage

Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Non Dose 1er Cru NV (12.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £36.95)

Very dry and very invigorating. An extreme grower champagne

Bollinger Rose NV Champagne, France (12%: Berry Bros, £52.20)

Better than pink LP and better than pink Veuve; masterful

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (12%: £120 Berry Bros; Bordeaux Index)

Understated but highly sophisticated – this will improve


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