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Joseph Hofstätter Lagrein 2012

Deep crimson with some blue, Lots of purple berry fruit and a smidgen of sweetness but a clean brisk finish… Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 4th Dec 2015 )

£11.95
Gewurztraminer Altenbourg, Domaine Weinbach 2007

Fans of this outstanding Alsace estate will know that its winemaker, Laurence Faller, died earlier this year. This is a fitting tribute to her memory. Spicy, complex and exotic, with sweetness, acidity and ginger-edged fruit in sumptuous harmony. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£35.00
Fabre et Montmayou Antiguos Viñedos Mendoza Malbec 2011

If there’s one name that consistently delivers outstanding value for money in Argentina, it’s Fabre et Montmayou. French oak, 80-year-old vines from Vistalba and Compuertas: the combination is deliciously enticing. Tarry, liquorice and blackberry fruit with a sheen of vanilla spice. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£11.50
Ben Marco Mendoza Torrontés 2013

Torrontés can be a bit of a one-glass wine, but Susana Balbo’s partially barrelfermented white from Altamira in Mendoza takes the variety to another dimension. Rich, savoury and complex, this doffs its hat to Burgundy, but retains an Argentinean swing in its hips. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£10.95
Juliénas Esprit de Marius Sangouard, Trenel 2013

Good Beaujolais is enjoying a revival at the moment, and it’s about time. This crunchy, almost peppery red, showing the spiciness of partial whole bunch fermentation with stems is juicy, refined and packed with delicious raspberry and red cherry flavours. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£9.95
The Society's Exhibition St Aubin Blanc

The Wine Society’s Exhibition range is one of the best own label line-ups in the country. This demonstrates what insiders already know – that Saint Aubin is one of Burgundy’s bargain villages. Deftly oaked, refreshing and well balanced with a citrus peel bite. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£13.95
Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2005

The second wines of Bordeaux still represent comparatively good value for money, especially in a top vintage like 2005, when they are not far behind the grand vin in quality. Structured, elegant, minerally claret from Château Pichon Lalande with savoury oak. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£37.00
Marcillac ‘Lo Sang del Pais', Domaine du Cros 2013

Inky, yet remarkably refreshing south west French red made from the local fer servadou grape, with haunting aromatics, crunchy, red berry fruit and a green pepper note that’s reminiscent of cabernet franc. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£8.50
Barolo S Stefano di Perno, Giuseppe Mascarello 2009

This is still a young wine, but the heat of the vintage means that it’s more approachable than Mauro Mascarello’s gloriously traditional Barolos often tend to be. There’s a perfumed finesse here that’s almost Pinot Noir like, underpinned by firm, yet fine-grained tannins. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£56.00
Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Domaine Combier 2011

There are less expensive Crozes on the market, but it’s worth trading up to buy something from a top, organic domaine like this one. Expansively perfumed on the nose, with notes of violets and tapenade, this is smooth, refreshing and long on the palate. - Tim Atkin

( Top 100 Christmas Wines 8th Dec 2014 )

£17.50
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