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the Independent - Terry Kirby

Philippe Michel Cremant du Jura. £6.99, Aldi

crisp, balanced, with lovely green apple and citric notes

Chapel Down Brut NV. £14.99 (until 5 January; normally £19.99), Morrisons

carefully made, delightfully refreshing, wonderfully effervescent

Herbert Beaufort Grand Cru NV. £32, Marks and Spencer

distinctive, rich, creamy and powerful

the Observer - David Williams

Finest* Pignoletto, Emilia-Romagna, Italy NV (£9.99, Tesco)

fun, unusual; lively apple-and-peach fruit and sherbetty mousse

Dominio de la Vega Cava Brut, Utiel-Requena, Spain (£12.25, Jeroboams)

rich biscuity example

Champagne Delamotte Brut, France NV (£26.95, Corney & Barrow)

Delamotte's creamy Brut NV is an utterly stylish treat

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Chateau Mukhrani Rkatsiteli (£9.49 M&S; 13% abv)

exotically musky

Tbilvino Quevris (£8.99 M&S; 12.5% abv)

a funky "orange wine"; Odd but delicious

Casa das Gaeiras Tinto 2012 (£9.50 Oddbins; 13% abv)

exotic, brambly, a blend of aragonez, syrah and touriga nacional

Heavyweight Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 (£12.50 The Sampler, £11.35 Noel Young)

If you like hefty reds, try the smooth, plummy....

Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2008 (£21.50 CellarVie, £24.20 Tanners)

gold-medal-winning; would be perfect for New Year's Eve

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-brown

LE DOLCI COLLINE PROSECCO NV Claudio Manera (£9.99, Virgin Wines)

A fizz to please all

ALDI’S CREMANT DE JURA 2010 Philippe Michel (£6.99, Aldi)

There is no better chardonnay fizz at this price

CREMANT DE LOIRE ROSÉ 2010 Langlois Chateau (£14.99, Luvians; £15.95, caviste)

Light strawberry notes, crisp and very dry finish

CAMEL VALLEY BRUT 2010 (£24.99, Waitrose; Berry Bros & Rudd)

clean, delicate, refreshing fizz with elegant length

NYETIMBER CLASSIC CUVÉE 2008 (£29.99, Waitrose; £23.98 Majestic; Berry Bros)

extra fruit intensity, creamy complexity and length

PELORUS BRUT NV Cloudy Bay (£15.98 Majestic; £19.99, Waitrose; Luvians; Raeburn)

Citric, biscuit, rich creamy length – it always impresses

GRAHAM BECK BRUT NV (£13.99, Waitrose)

Very attractive and reasonable at its current price

CHAMPAGNE VEUVE MONSIGNY BRUT Philizot & Fils (£9.99, on offer in Aldi)

Light, creamy with a modest length

CHAMPAGNE POL ROGER ‘PURE’ EXTRA BRUT (£39-40, Wine Society; Luvians; WoodWinters)

drier than Pol Roger’s normal Brut, but effortlessly elegant

CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER VINTAGE 2003 (£40, Luvians)

beautiful, toasty, rich, vintage Taittinger

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Philippe Michel Crémant de Jura 2011 (France, 12%, Aldi, £6.99)

Just brilliant

Ambriel Classic Cuvée 2010 (England,12%, The Wine Pantry, £27.50)

Super-taut, bracing, charged

Château de L’Aulée Brut Crémant de Loire Brut NV (12.5%, Averys, £11.99)

Reminiscent of pears and apples baked with walnuts. Lovely

J-L Denois Methode Traditionnelle Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Brut NV (12%, Lea & Sandeman)

like a sharp little champagne copy. Neat edges, straight sides

Bele Casel Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry NV (Italy, 11%, Berry Bros & Rudd, £12.95)

What a beautiful glassful; dry, clear lines. Refreshing, too

Enrico Bedin Prosecco DOC Frizzante Veneto, (Italy, 11%, Jascots £9.75)

all ripe pears and juice

La Marca Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene NV Extra Dry (Italy, 11%, Majestic, £9.99)

very soft, gentle, light and blameless, delicate and cobwebby

San Leo Prosecco NV (Italy, 11%, Waitrose, £6.99 until January 2)

A firm favourite in the cheapie category when it’s on offer

Prosecco Colli Trevigiani Sacchetto NV (Italy, 11%, The Real Wine Co, £8.99)

Middle of the road in taste, which can be a good thing

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Brachetto d'Acqui. £6.29

every sip tastes like sweet mini cherries exploding

Waitrose San Leo Prosecco Brut. £6.99

Superb, bright, fizzy bubbly

Tesco Finest Pignoletto. £9.99

Zesty, electrifying Italian fizz with more zing than Prosecco

Bollinger La Grande Anee 2004. £60 Lea & Sandeman

Powerful yet elegant

M&S Chateau Tour d'Auron Bordeaux Superieur 2011. £8.99

Beefy with savoury kicks

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2012 Tesco Finest Frappato, Sicily, Italy £7.99

gloriously scented; full of strawberry, raspberry and wild herbs

2011 Le Jeu du Mail Domaine La Grange de Quatre Sous, France £13.75, Vine Trail

extremely serious, complex; flavours of fennel seed, pear and mint

2010 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros, USA £20, Majestic

dark cherry fruit and a twist of spice


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