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week beginning 31/12/2007

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

Laurent-Perrier, Cuvée Rosé Brut, Roberson £34.95 until Jan 12

gorgeous, meaty, raspberry-charged, dark rose-red version

Pol Roger White Foil, Roberson £19.95 until January 12

delicious non-vintage Brut, renowned for its consistent style

2006 Graffigna Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Co-op £2.99 until Jan 6

pleasant, light, beefy, briary Argentine red at a knock-down price

2006 Cellar Reserve, Coonawarra Cabernet, Co-op, £5.99 until Jan 6

bold, fat, oaky, spiced cabernet from Australia¹s top red wine region

2006 Palandri Pinnacle, Semillon-Sauvignon, Somerfield £4.49 until Jan 1

glorious, grapey, lime and grapefruit zest-spiked white

2004 Palandri Pinnacle, Shiraz, Somerfield, £4.49 until January 1.

big, bold, burly, blackberry-charged; soft, juicy, creamy, velvety fruit

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2001 Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port, £11.99 (Tesco, Oddbins)

Deep, sweet blackberry, pepper and coffee-chocolate flavours

2001 Niepoort LBV Port, £12.50-£12.99 (Tanners, Rackham, Wine Lib)

Concentrated, vibrantly fruity, with a hint of chocolate

2001 Tanners Crusted Port, £13.95 Tanners

Great-value alternative to true vintage port. Needs decanting

2006 Roero Arneis, Malvira. £12.95 selected Sainsbury’s

perfume of pears and apples, with flavours of quince, spice and pepper

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2006 Cono Sur Reserva Pinot Noir Reserve. £4.99 until 3 Jan, Tesco

strawberry-scented red has a touch of smoky oak.

2007 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

bracingly refreshing wine; assertive aromas and juicy flavours

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Cherbaudes 2001 Beaumont. £29.42 Domaine Direct

Now at its perfect peak; mature, savoury Côte de Nuits

the Observer - Tim Atkin

1999 Bollinger Grande Année (2 @ £44.99 Majestic)

complex, dry, powerful

1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (2 @ £65.99 Majestic)

nutty, more delicate - both wonderful Champagnes.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Fino Superior (£5.99)

yeasty, multi-faceted

Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana (£9.99, select Waitrose)

toasty, tangy

2004 Pulenta Estate Gran Corte, Mendoza (£15.95, Berry Bros)

profound, concentrated, yet stylish

2005 Châteauneuf du Pape André Brunel (£24.95, Armit)

comparatively forward, but totally delicious

2004 Chassagne-Montrachet Joseph Belland (£32, larger M&S)

fresh, creamy, oak-kissed

Taste the Difference South African Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99, Sains)

herbal, Semillon-influenced 2007

2004 Domaine Bellegarde, Cuvée Thibault Jurançon (£12.50 Jeroboams)

a honey and tropical fruit-like stunner

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2003 Marqués de la Concordia Rioja Reserva, (£4.99 Majestic)

soft, black cherry fruit goes well with so many different festive dishes

2004 Château Desmirail, (£23; Marks & Spencer)

classy claret from a lovely vintage; soft, mellow and smooth

2004 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay (£30; Harrods, Self, Averys, N Young)

scrumptious and full of grapefruit and subtle tropical fruit

1996 Dow's Quinta do Bomfim Port (£21.99; Thresher, Tesco)

festooned with awards and ready to drink now

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

Ninth Island Pinot Noir 2005 £9.99, Waitrose; £9.49, Booths

lithe end of pinots, offering delicate, berry-scented refreshment

Cos Pithos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2006, £13.99, Caves de Pyrene

a tinge of liquorice, a suggestion of earth

Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2005, £9.99, Sainsbury's

smooth and aromatic

Tarrawarra Estate Pinot Noir 2002, £21.49, Philglass & Swiggot

so nicely balanced, it's tasty just to roll around your mouth

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