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Some wine drinkers worship iconic labels. We prize genuine drinking pleasure and The Society's Fine Wine List has a fine tradition of following the road less travelled in search of it. In this List, delicious detours from the main drag include the Bordeaux Côtes, Umbria, the Spanish DO of Toro, and the Marmandais of south-west France.

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Champagne Pol Roger

'THE WORLD'S MOST DRINKABLE ADDRESS': CHAMPAGNE POL ROGER

So said Sir Winston Churchill, a lifelong friend of the family, whose name was immortalised, were that needed, in their flagship wine. Head of Buying Pierre Mansour makes his selection, including vintage blanc de blancs and rosé. A trio from the superb 2008 vintage is not to be missed.

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Chateau de Pitray

CLARET: TOP COTES

The Bordeaux Côtes have long been on the secret radar of thoughtful claret lovers. What sets them alight is often one outstanding property and a strong name from a prestigious commune: step forward François Mitjavile of Saint-Emilion grand cru Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf, whose Roc de Cambes blazes the trail of the Côtes de Bourg. Jean de Boigne does the same for Castillon with Château de Pitray. Verticals from both properties make the case.

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Aquitaine Vineyard

CHATEAU DE BEAULIEU: A VERITABLE GEM IN AQUITAINE

In days of old when reds were bold, syrah was often added to claret in a process called hermitager. In the Marmandais, south-east of Bordeaux, it's allowed under appellation rules, and used by Robert and Agnès Schulte to make wonderfully sensual wines at Château de Beaulieu. Think of it as claret with shoulder-pads, great staying power and cracking value.

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As Sortes

SPAIN: HEROES OF THE NORTH-WEST

If DO Toro puts you in mind of head-butting reds, you'd have been right – once. One critic even opined that it was "excellent for stewing pears". No longer, thanks to the Garcías, old hands of Ribero del Duero who have tamed the beast. In Galicia, DO Valdeorras is chasing the fame of its coastal neighbour Rías Baixas home of albariño. With the gorgeous, buttery godello grape and Rafael Palacios leading the charge, how can it fail?

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Italy's Heroic Reds

ITALY'S HEROIC REDS

Italy's lesser-known regions and grapes might struggle to make themselves heard in the clamour for Piedmont and Tuscany. Luckily these heroes have plenty to say and the confidence to deliver it. Sebastian Payne MW gives them the floor and includes a minivertical of Umbria's epic sagrantino grape.

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Langoa Barton

CLARET: LANGOA BARTON FROM THE 1990s

Rooted in Bordeaux for nigh on two centuries, the Barton family owns two of the loveliest properties in Saint-Julien. A mixed archive case at a historical price, offering the chance to relish this consummate Saint-Julien at 18, 19 and 20 years of age is not to be missed.

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Domaine Henry Pelle

LEGENDS OF THE LOIRE: DOMAINE HENRY PELLÉ, MENETOU-SALON

In the hands of the Pellé family, this underappreciated appellation produces elegant pinot noir from single-vineyard plots and sauvignons that could challenge many a Sancerre.

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Meerlust Estate Chardonnay

SMALL WONDERS: FINE WINE AT £20 & UNDER

Our popular round-up of the reassuring, the surprising and, as always, the appealing in price includes a seven-year-old claret, a Collioure with more than ten years in bottle, and any number of sumptuous syrahs, just in case spring is dragging its heels. If it comes early, Corsica and DO Ribeiro lend a holiday feeling to the whites.

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Petit Chablis

DOMAINE GERARD DUPLESSIS: CHABLIS

A diversity of plots, all organically cultivated and four generations of expertise behind her give Lilian Duplessis the inside edge when it comes to making Chablis that sings of its roots, whether in Petit Chablis or in the rarer earth of premier and grand cru. Toby Morrhall's selection presents a delicious hierarchy.

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Collioure L'Argile

PLEIN SUD: THRILLING WHITES FROM FRANCE'S DEEP SOUTH

France's warm Midi was once the kiss of death for fine whites but that's very old news. This is the terrain of heady, gorgeous and gastronomic varieties which artful winemaking has made into exuberant dining companions. Marcel Orford-Williams picks his winners.

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Au Bon Climat

AU BON CLIMAT: THE ABC OF FINE CALIFORNIA WINE

Winemaker Jim Clendenen's passion for Burgundy is clear from his eloquent back labels and wine notes: in the glass, his respect for his home turf, the unique topography of Pacific-cooled Santa Barbara, shines through too. Our small but soigné selection includes two wines from the fabled Sanford & Benedict vineyard. Prepare to be bowled over.

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