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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2005 Pouilly Fumé, Domaine Thibault Tanners £10.20; Lay & W £11.30

classy white currant and nettle-stacked pouilly

2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine du Pavillon, Oddbins, £9.99.

Fatter, richer and riper than most bourgogne blanc

2004 Chablis Laurent Tribut, Justerini & Brooks £11.26.

wondrous, fat, rich, nutty, almost butterscotchy

2006 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Domaine Thiber, Waitrose, £9.49.

fine, ripe, appley, herby white burgundy

2005 Viré-Clessé, La Verchère, Cordier, Majestic 2 @ £11.99 July 5

fine, ripe, sweet, powerful hazelnut and glacé fruit-charged

Le Cousin Rouge Vieilles Vignes Grolleau, Caves de Pyrène, £9.14.

toothsome gamay; impressive, velvety; earthy, wild cherry

2003 Château Martin, Graves, Bordeaux, Tesco, £9.99.

tasty, ripe, herby, green pepper-scented fruit.

2005 Extra Ordinary Red Burgundy, Potel, Berry Bros, £11.95

extraordinary rose scent, silky palate; fat, ripe, squishy plum fruit

2005 Juliénas Beaujolais, Clos du Fief, Michel Tête, L & W, £9.50.

gorgeous, fat, silky, cherry and plum-laden juliénas

2000 Pomerol Château La Croix St Vincent, Majestic, £11.99.

ripe, chunky, plummy, merlot-dominated palate

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Château La Coste Rosé d’une Nuit, £7.95 (Lea & Sandeman

Fragrant with wild strawberries; smooth and fresh

2006 Domaine de la Source, £14.75 Yapp Brothers

Sought-after rarity; Fine, herby-sweet fruit

2006 Domaine de la Suffrène, £9.09-£9.40 A&B, Vine Trail, Caves Pyrene

Scented and spicy; top quality

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2005 Pinot Noir La Grille, Jacques Vigier. 2 @ £4.99 Majestic

Does Majestic know where the best French pinots are outside burgundy?

2006 Lands End Sauvignon Blanc.

sancerre-like herbaceousness with a rich but restrained fruit quality.

2005 Domaine de Biéville Chablis, Vieilles Vignes. £10.69, Laithwaites

refreshing chablis displays a classic bone-dry character

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2006 La Différence Viognier/Muscat (£4.99, Sainsbury's)

perfumed, grapey; two aromatic varieties working in attractive harmony

2006 Le Carignan de La Bastide Aux Oliviers (£6.60, Amphora Wines)

rich, concentrated, chocolatey red with masses of blackberry fruit

2005 Château Camplazens Syrah 2 @ £5.49 each Majestic)

plummy, smoky, spicy

2004 Dom Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne (£8.99 select Waitrose)

rich, toasty, citrus-like

2006 Fié Gris, Domaine de L'Aujardière (£10.95, Lea & Sandeman)

intense, bone-dry, white pepper-scented

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2005 Mont Tauch Fitou, (£4.99; Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Waitrose)

classic, great-value, fruit-driven Grenache/Carignan/Syrah blend

2005 Margaret River Show Reserve Shiraz, (£6.59; Real Wine Co)

soft, rounded and juicy; a bit of a steal.

2004 Cedro do Noval Portugal (£10.99; Tanners; FRW)

blackberry-scented; stylish new dry red table wine

2006 Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (£9.99; Oddbins)

grapefruit flavours and stern minerality

2005 Domaine du Pavillon Bourgogne Chardonnay (£8.49; Oddbins)

versatile picnic white from the Côte de Beaune.

2005 Elk Cove Pinot Gris, Oregon (£15.95; Playford Ros
2004 Dom Schlumberger Pinot Gris, (£12.99; Wine Soc; Philglas; SH Jones)

both wonderful, full-flavoured examples of this often-derided grape variety

2005 Bethany Grenache, Australia (£6.99; Co-op)

concentrated, ripe and tasty

2006 Mud House Pinot Noir, NZ (£10.99; Booths, Stone Vine; Quaff)

lovely and plum-like and can be chilled.

Valdo Prosecco Rosé NV, Italy (£5.99; Sainsbury's)

seductively light and refreshing

Langlois Crémant de Loire Brut NV (£10; Wimbledon; Taurus)

fantastic fizz from the Loire

Balfour Brut Rosé, England (£29.99; Bibendum)

delightfully pale pink blend of Chardonnay, Pinots Noir and Meunier

Marston's Old Empire IPA, 5.7% vol, (£1.50-£1.70; widely available)

full of clean citric hop flavour; perfect served cold with spicy barbecues

Wychwood Green Goblin Oak-Aged Cider, (£1.69; Waitrose)

cold-filtered, bittersweet brew from Somerset

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Quinta de Azevedo 2006 Vinho Verde. 2 @ £4.99, Majestic

acerbically, thirst-slakingly clean

Maçon Rouge 2005, £5.99, M&S

sappy, lightweight red made mostly from gamay

Poir é Granit 2005, £9.80, Caves de Pyrene

drippingly ripe, fresh pear; slightly caramelised taste

Ascheri Barbera d'Alba Fontanelle 2005, £8.49, Sainsbury

tinge of oak, sour cherries; light florality; enormous grace


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