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Frank Bonville Sélection Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV

Captivating, ferociously crisp and satisfyingly savoury. - Raymond Gleugh

( Belfast Newsletter 10th Jan 2015 )

Thymiopoulos Naoussa Jeunes Vignes 2013

To match James Martin's steak with fries and béarnaise sauce; 'Steak is all about a good red Bordeaux. However Bearnaise sauce, with its tarragon and vinegar, demands a lighter wine. So for something different, pick [this wine]. From Northern Greece, this is a delicate red with deep plum notes.' - Sarah Jane Evans

( BBC Good Food Magazine 10th Jan 2015 )

Marc Hébrart Premier Cru Cuvée de Réserve Brut NV

I know it is January and we are meant to have had our fill of fizz, but this is ‘house’ champagne of rare class to be enjoyed as a pick-me-up in winter or saved for future celebratory times. Initially round and soft, its orchard fruits have instant appeal, while behind them lies a lemon-fresh acidity. - Hamish Anderson

( The Daily Telegraph 8th Jan 2015 )

Moselle 'Les Gryphées', Château de Vaux 2013

Is Lorraine France's least known wine region? This tiny area, on the border with Luxembourg, may only have 40ha of vines but before the appellations were created many Champagne grapes came from this area. Today Norbert Molozay is almost single-handedly putting the region back on the map. Auxerrois, Muller-Thurgau, pinot gris and a bit of gewurztraminer are blended together here to give an elegant peachy wine with aromas of white flowers. It's lifted with crisp acidity and a lovely sweetness on the finish.- Christelle Guibert

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Moselle 'Les Gryphées', Château de Vaux 2013

30% each of auxerrois, Muller Thurgau and pinot gris with 10% gewurztraminer from this tiny northerly region; lightly floral, fragrant and fruity with a crisp finish, a lovely aperitif. - Steven Spurrier

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne-Viognier 2013

Very pretty, ripe southern fruit with apricot, pineapple and honeysuckle. Fresh and vibrant. Not the most complex wine in the world, but great value. - Natasha Hughes MW

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Syrah-Mourvèdre, Côtes de Thongue, Domaine Condamine L'Evêque 2013

An easy drinker that mixes syrah's peppery plum fruit with meaty mourvèdre on the finish. The plush texture is offset by chewy tannins and lively acidity. Great value. - Natasha Hughes MW

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Minervois, Château Sainte-Eulalie 2013

A rustic blend of carignan, syrah and grenache with chunky tannins and a herbal seam to the fleshy-fruited palate. Decent acidity prevents this wine's generosity from tipping over into caricature. - Natasha Hughes MW

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Roussette du Bugey ‘Altesse', Domaine Peillot 2013

The vineyard producing this wine is located in the southern part of the Jura where grapes are mostly used for the production of sparkling wine. This one is from the local grape altesse (aka roussette). Aromas of golden delicious apple are to the fore with hints of runny honey. The palate is nicely textured with toasted hazelnut characters joining the fruit. It's a versatile wine to enjoy on its own or with your Sunday roast chicken. - Christelle Guibert

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )

Prince Stirbey Negru de Dragasani 2013

A noble wine made by Baroness Ileana Kripp, granddaughter of Princess Maria Stirbey, who is descended from one of the oldest and most influential families in Romania - the vineyards have been passed through the generations for 300 years. Made from the local grape negru de Dragasani, this wine is a great alternative to Beaujolais. Lively, juicy blackberry and plum fruits abound on the palate, leading to a fresh, crunchy finish. - Christelle Guibert

( Decanter 7th Jan 2015 )