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Age, youth, prominence and price-consciousness unite in this thrillingly eclectic list. Top names like Rousseau, Chave and Lafite rub shoulders with under-£20 'Small Wonders' and sensibly priced claret. Look out too for mature Huet Vouvray going back to the 1920s, a roll-call of the fine 2008 Champagne vintage and archive releases from Lebanon's Musar, in a truly festive fine wine collection.

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Champagne

CHAMPAGNE 2008: A GIFT OF NATURE

Nature's gifts to the vigneron can come with many strings attached, like icy winters, grey summers, high winds and hail. But a perfect spring and an Indian summer made 2008 an outstanding vintage. Pierre Mansour picks six of the best.

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Alsace

ALSACE 2008: TURNED OUT NICE (AGAIN)

'An outstanding vintage' we said in 2010, noting 'a crystalline quality, with each grape variety clearly defined and flavours that seem to last and last'. The best needed keeping, and eight years on, the fruits of patience are really rewarded.

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White Burgundy

WHITE BURGUNDY: 2011 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET

A vintage of fresh, ripe, immediately appealing wines, many harvested earlier than usual from a 'full house' of extreme conditions. From such adversity wonders often emerge. Six Pulignys bear witness.

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Claret

COMMUNING WITH CLARET

We dare not omit our 12 good men and true that do justice to Bordeaux in a mixed case, ready for drinking or keeping awhile.

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Loire

LEGENDS OF THE LOIRE: A HALF-CENTURY OF HUET

Not everyone gets a guided tour of the family archives of a Vouvray institution in a tasting that spanned some 50 years. These nearimmortal wines still shine and luckily we'd brought The Society chequebook: now it's your turn!

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Musar

THIRTY YEARS OF CHATEAU MUSAR

Since its founding by Gaston Hochar in 1930, and despite the ravages of a long and painful civil war, Chateau Musar has missed only one harvest (1976) in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Our archive selection goes back to 1979.

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New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: A TALE OF TWO ISLANDS

Barely half a century ago, Central Otago in South Island was deemed by the New Zealand government to be too cool for vines, while high water tables in Hawke's Bay made good reds a pipedream. Two fine ambassadors of these boundary-pushing regions bring us up to date.

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The Rhône

THE RHONE: JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE, HERMITAGE

Three wondrous vintages each of white and red Hermitage from a name synonymous with the appellation. Now capture your lobster and haunch of venison.

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Burgundy

BURGUNDY CUSTOM CELLAR: DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU

Members willing to make a very great sacrifice for very great Burgundy will relish the opportunity to lay down this triumvirate from Domaine Armand Rousseau and the outstanding 2012 vintage. Any and all will be a gilt-edged investment in future drinking pleasure.

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Small Wonders

SMALL WONDERS: FINE WINE AT £20 AND UNDER

Arguably the most popular pages in every Fine Wine List, Small Wonders is extra-posh for Christmas, affording, in all senses of the word, an entrée to Sassicaia and to the classic cabernets of Margaret River and New Zealand's Gimblett Gravels.

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Italy

ITALY: NORTH BY NORTH-EAST AND A CASE HISTORY OF FONTODI

Piemonte to the west may steal Northern Italy's thunder, but to the east lies a veritable A(llegrini) to Z(enato) of excellence. Moving southward, a Christmas Fine Wine List without Chianti and Vin Santo is unthinkable. Step forward Fontodi.

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Mischief

CLASSICAL MISCHIEF: LATIN AND GREEK

Our ever-popular baffle-the buffs selection trawls the Mediterranean for twelve tastes of the unexpected which, we suspect, may be all Greek, if not Latin to your intrigued guests.

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All Sizes

ACCESS ALL SIZES: HALVES, MAGNUMS AND MORE

Whether Christmas is an intimate affair for two or a gathering of the clans, we're on the case, from a trio of mature Alfred Gratien vintage halves to a jeroboam of Bollinger 2005, for a celebration of biblical proportions.

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Strong, Sweet & Soothing

STRONG, SWEET AND SOOTHING: DESSERTS, FORTIFIEDS AND DIGESTIFS

From rare sherry to mellow, 50-year old Madeira, by way of 2005 Climens, there's plenty of scope here for meditation, including a fascinating ambassador from the spirit word.

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Green Harvest

GREEN HARVEST: TOKARA ESTATE OLIVE OIL

Produced in the balmy mediterranean climate of Stellenbosch, Tokara's new-season oils caught buyer Joanna Locke MW's eye and palate on a recent buying visit to South Africa. A mixed case of three single-varietal oils is the last word in dressing for the occasion.

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