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Juanicó Benteveo Chardonnay 2014

When you think of Chardonnay, your first thought is probably Burgundy, Australia or California. But this ubiquitous grape has found a good home in Uruguay. What’s so unusual about Uruguay wines is that they have a much more European style than any of their South American neighbors. Boy does this impress! Unoaked, it’s lively and fresh, with crunchy white fruit and plenty of vitality. An absolute bargain. - Will Lyons 

( Wall Street Journal (Europe) 21st Apr 2015 )

Soli Pinot Noir, Edoardo Miroglio 2011

OK, we’ve all heard of Pinot Noir, but grown in Bulgaria? Those who were regularly buying value wine in the 1970s may have picked up a bottle of Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon, but Pinot? Well, it’s actually really rather good for the money. Edoardo Miroglio’s wine is fresh with pretty red fruit that really wouldn’t look out of place in a lineup of entry-level Burgundy. - Will Lyons

( Wall Street Journal (Europe) 21st Apr 2015 )

Vidiano Klima Karavitakis 2014

Crete may be the largest wine producer of the Greek islands, but it’s still home to some little-known indigenous grape varieties. This wine is made by Nikos Karavitakis, who is the fourth generation to work the land here. It has an intriguing nose of baked apples and dried almonds, with a hint of lime on the finish. - Will Lyons

( Wall Street Journal (Europe) 21st Apr 2015 )

88 Growers Barossa Semillon 2012

…a dry white with an echoing, tangy lemon flavour... Zingy - Joanna Simon

( House & Garden 20th Apr 2015 )

Weinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This classy Argentinian is a walk-in humidor with old leather chairs. - Damian Barr

( The Sunday Times 19th Apr 2015 )

Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château, Bordeaux Supérieur 2010

Completely upturning the notion that most claret at this kind of price is a waste of time, this is sensationally good value from a very decent estate in a great vintage. The merlot-dominated blend delivers ripe, full-bodied, juicy, smooth blackberry cassis flavours. Perfect with a rib of beef or rump steak. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent on Sunday 19th Apr 2015 )

Puglia Bianco, A Mano 2014

Wine of the week: Silly money for splendid quality. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 19th Apr 2015 )

Luberon Rouge, Notre Dame de Cousignac 2013

Exclusive to The Wine Society, but another Ogier wine grown on the border between the Rhône and Provence, and though undeclared on the label, made from similar grape varieties [to Ogier's Côtes du Rhône]. It is darker and immediately seems more 'serious' and less open than the CdR, still with red fruits, but with a lightly leathery touch too. In the mouth certainly drier and more focused, tighter tannins though still ultimately easy drinking, but in a dry, savoury and quite different style that needs food a little more I think. - Tom Cannavan

( Wine-pages.com 19th Apr 2015 )

Crozes-Hermitage Les Papillons, Domaine Gilles Robin 2013

This is benchmark syrah from its birthplace, northern Rhône. It shows fresh, floral, black-cherry fruit with a bit of black pepper and some tapenade character. There’s some silkiness under the ripe fruit here. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 19th Apr 2015 )

Cheverny, Domaine du Salvard 2014

…rapier-sharp sauvignon blanc / ghardonnay blend… clean, lemony and dry with a long, cool finish – it’s a wicked price, too. - Matthew Jukes

( Daily Mail 18th Apr 2015 )