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the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

René Geoffroy Expression NV Champagne (£29.95 BBR)

darker, spicier, black-cherry-stem taste of pinot

Collard-Picard Cuvée Prestige Brut NV Champagne (£37 Swig)

noisy but controlled lemon sherbet explosion – all sweet-sour vitality

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne Brut Champagne (12%, Wine Society, £25)

slender pieces of delicate spider-silk; Very fine-boned

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 Domaine de Montval Syrah, PGI Pays du Gard. £6.99, Majestic

milled pepper notes beneath a blackberryish fruit quality

2011 Chateau du Gazin. £8.99 until 29 Oct, Waitrose

rich cassis fruit edged with chocolatety notese

2011 Rosso di Montalcino Fuligni Ginestreto. £19.50, Lea & Sandeman

A mini-Brunello; cherryish fruit defined by purity of texture

the Observer - David Williams

Xerolithia White, Crete, Greece 2012 (£9.50, oddbins)

Rippling, spring-fresh white; notes of fennel and lime

Chateau Maris Vieilles Vignes La Liviniere, France 2011 (£10.99, waitrose)

mix of liquoricey depths and aromatic top notes; syrah-grenache blend

La Luna del Rospo Grignolino d'Asti, Italy 2010 (£15,Aubert & Mascoli)

slug of sour cherry acidity and friendly grip of tannin

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Argeles Agnes de Cervera Priorat 2009 (£13.40 Tanners)

much less dense and extracted than many wines from the region

Weinert Carrascal (£7.95; 14% abv, The Wine Society)

Mellow blen; would make an excellent alternative to bordeaux

Coteaux du Giennois (12.5% abv waitrose, on offer at £7.99)

a great sancerre-alike

The Scotsman - Brian Elliott

2012 Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling Marlborough. £9.99, Majestic

textured and mouth-filling lime-based fruit; zippy acidity

2009 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet Australia. £9.77, Spirited Wines

rich yet soft blackcurrant and bramble fruit, generous body

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2012 Tesco Finest Swartland Chenin £6.99, Tesco

fleshy, interesting even at this humble price

2009 The Liberator ‘This Bird Has Flown’ £11.95, Wine Society

rich, savoury, nuanced wine that keeps you coming back for more

Funky White AA Badenhorst £13.50 (500ml), Swig

oxidised, unusual style; nutty, saline complexity

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Chateau Pech la Calevie 2009. £11.95 The Wine Society

Ace value for a full sized bottle of top quality sweet stuff

Aldi Moscato Spumante. £4.89

Incredibly sweet sparkling wine that's fabulous with puddings

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference 12 Year Old PX. £7.99

Rich, sweet and dark - try this sticky wonder poured over ice cream

Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon. £6.79

Peach sweet wine that's divine served chilled with a slice of blue cheese

Feteasca Regala Castel Huniade Cramele Recas. £5.99 Adnams

Outstanding week night white that scented with pear-like refreshment


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