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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2006 Cobborah Chardonnay, Marks & Spencer £3.49 until Oct 1

easy, peppery spice, ripe flavours and gluggable, polished fruit

2006 Zamora Sauvignon Blanc, M&S, £4.99 until October 1

mouthwateringly zesty, herby fruit leads on to a fat, ripe palate

2006 Palandri Reserve Sauvignon-Semillon, Co-op, £4.99 until Sep 30

juicy, buttery, citrussy, unoaked white; gooseberry-redolent

2004 Palandri Reserve Cabernet-Merlot, Co-op, £4.99 until Sepr 30

ripe, gentle, plummy palate of this Bordeaux-inspired blend

2004 Givry 1er Cru, Crausot, Francois Lumpp. Lea & Sandeman £16.75

gamey, smoky, strawberry-stashed fruit that red burgundy fans adore

2006 Primitivo Salento, Alberto Longo, Lea & Sandeman, £9.50

luscious, brambley, chunky, 14 per cent alcohol red

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Villa Maria Cellar Slctn Pinot Noir, £11.99-£14.99 Tes, Thre, Boo

Plums, roses and a satin-smooth texture from Marlborough

2005 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir, 2 @ £13.99 Majestic

A hint of burgundy from fashionable Central Otago

2006 Lone Range Pinot Noir, £14.99 Marks & Spencer

Pure fruit, fine structure, subtle oak from Martinborough

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Gestos Malbec, Finca Flichman. 2 @ £4.79 Majestic

in-store tastings provide the chance to try this spicy Andean blend

2007 Mad Bay Unwooded Chardonnay. £6.49 on offer Tesco

unoaked chardonnay; pure, tropical, pineappley expression

2004 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Merlot. £14.25, Jeroboams

cedary, cassis-laden, Bordeaux-style blend

the Observer - Tim Atkin

Waitrose 2006 Sancerre, La Franchotte (£9.99)

crisp, minerally, bone-dry

Waitrose 2004 Cerro de la Mesa Rioja Crianza (£8.99)

juicy, strawberryish, lightly oaked

Waitrose 2005 Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (£8.99)

minty, chocolate- and cassis-like

Oddbins Select Chablis (£9.99)

fresh, chalky

Sainsbury's 2004 Taste the Difference Amarone (£11.99)

raisiny, full-bodied

2006 Tesco Finest Pouilly-Fumé, Claude Fournier (£9.99)

subtle, ultra-pure

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2006 Clos de Los Siete Argentina (£10.99; Wait, Odd, Maj, Har)

ideal match for a big, fat, juicy steak

2005 Green Point Brut Australia (£12.99; Averys)

crisp, ripe and rounded - an excellent aperitif

2002 Moulin de La Lagune (2 @ 99 Majestic)

Classy stuff indeed, with a nice bit of bottle age

2005 Rully Premier Cru, Joseph Drouhin (£9.99; Waitrose)

soft, buttery, toasty example, fermented in steel and aged in oak

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Tyrrells Lost Block Semillon 2005. £7.95 winedirect.co.uk

brisk, grassy, gossamer fine wine


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