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AU14211 AU14211 Bleasdale, The Wise One Tawny, 10 Year Old, Langhorne Creek

Top Ten value wine: A South Australian take on Tawny Port - a fortified wine aged for long time in barrel to round off its young edges. This might be an unorthodox blend of verdelho, grenache and shiraz but who the heck cares about that when it tastes so very good?!? Sweet in fig and raisin flavours with a tang of marmalade and some coffee to finish, it's devastatingly moreish and packs a delicious fortified punch. - The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

BW4061 BW4061 Château Raymond Lafon, Sauternes 2010

Superb example of Sauternes from one of the best producers in the region, with beautifully clean-cut tangy marmalade and toffee and pristine acidity cutting through the general lushness and richness. Fabulous length, fabulous with Stilton … fabulous all round. 93/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

CB4981 CB4981 Château Bel Air Perponcher Rouge Réserve, Bordeaux 2014

Top Ten value wine: A smooth and modern claret too - none of your bookshelf dustiness here, this merlot dominant blend (with 15% cabernet sauvignon) has finesse and fruit with plums and subtle tobacco notes. It tastes far more expensive than it is and really is very charming indeed. Another hit at all our festivals. 90/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

CE8461 CE8461 The Society's Chilean Chardonnay, Limarí 2015

So many wines are overpriced these days but stunners like this make up for them. The light oak, cream, bright fruit and impeccable winemaking found in this beautiful full-bodied chardonnay from Coquimbo, around 500kn north of Chile's capital Santiago, will enchant your palate and it's the white every turkey in the world dreams of being matched with. Could easily step up to chicken main courses, and it has lobster, prawns, scallops, chicken tikka masala and cauliflower cheese within its powers. It's packed with energy and drive, with citrus, nectarine, green apple, oatmeal, grilled cashew and melon characters buzzing through the palate. At the risk of stating the obvious, it's beautiful stuff and worth a tenner. Style, flavour, balance, stunning value; ticks in all boxes. One sip and you're hooked. Dances out through the finish. The price makes it ridiculously attractive. Do everything you can to taste this wine. - James Viner

( Brentwood Gazette 7th Dec 2016 )

CE8831 CE8831 Lascar Carmenère 2015

A fantastically popular wine at our festivals this year and a firm favourite with Society customers, this is indeed a great value red from one of Chile's flagship grapes, Carmenère. Juicy and plummy with some dried fruit concentration and a chocolatey richness to finish. It isn't complex but it's a humdinger of a bargain if you want a red that doesn't taste too cheap to please the masses this festive season. 86/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

CH3381 CH3381 Jean de Foigny Brut Premier Cru NV

A great value fizz from the house of de Castelnau, using Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir (45/35/20)  fruit sourced from premier cru vineyards to craft a nicely balanced style that offers crisp ripe apple and subtle white floral notes with a creamy textured palate and deliciously soft but racy acidity. Even better value if you buy six bottles for the price of five, which works out at £16.25 a bottle. 89/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

MD61 MD61 Feteascặ Regalặ, Château Vartely 2015

Another bargain from the Society, the translation of the wine name meaning 'royal maiden'. It's a Moldovan version of torrontés meets muscat meets sauvignon blanc, being incredibly floral to smell but with bite and freshness and zip to the tangy citrus fruit palate. 86/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

SH952 SH952 Half bottle of Romate Amontillado Olvidado

According to The Wine Society, this gorgeous Amontillado had been "lying for 25 years plus untouched and forgotten in the Sánchez Romate cellars" before it was bottled recently. It's a romantic back story, and the wine delivers: a gorgeously full-flavoured sherry with a salty-savoury bass note, vanilla, nuts and dried fruit, silky texture and simply endless length. 93/100 The Wine Gang

( The Wine Gang 7th Dec 2016 )

BJ6841 BJ6841 The Society's Exhibition Côte de Brouilly 2015

I sometimes feel a wee bit sad for Beaujolais, sitting in the shadow of the more famous wines from Burgundy. Beaujolais produces the same style of food-friendly reads as its more illustrious neighbour, but using the gamay grape instead of pinot noir. This bottle from The Wine Society shows just how much flavour you can pack into a Beaujolais, and at a cracking price too. The nose is full of violets and blackcurrant, which lead into fresher raspberry and strawberry flavours on the tongue. The bright acidity gives it the structure to work well with [chef Andy Turnbull's] rabbit in all its guises. - Peter Ransombe

( Scottish Field 6th Dec 2016 )

MA181 MA181 Henriques and Henriques Malvasia, 10 years old 50cl

Unbeatably indulgent. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 4th Dec 2016 )