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LO15881 LO15881 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée, Chéreau-Carré 2018

a…  juicy example [of Muscadet] from a warm year that’s delicious with mussels. - Susy Atkins

( Sunday Telegraph 17th Jan 2021 )

£8.50
AA2901 AA2901 The Society's Grüner Veltliner 2019

… produced for the Wine Society by the historic Weingut Stadt Krems, with grapes sourced mainly from terraced vineyards in Kremstal. Scents of limes and lemons with floral and peach notes link to a zingy, dry, refreshing glass of white-pepper-sprinkled peach and pear with a pink grapefruit lift. Perfect to bring jaded taste buds back to life. - Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 16th Jan 2021 )

£8.50
AA3061 AA3061 The Society's Blaufränkisch 2018

Think strawberries, blackberries and spice with juicy fruit, rede berries and black cherries. - Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 16th Jan 2021 )

£9.95
FC39341 FC39341 Saint-Mont, Les Vignes Retrouvées 2018

A blast of summery freshness in the depths of winter. This is made by Plaimont, a consortium of producers in the south west corner of France. It's made from gros manseng, arrufiac and petit courbu which are native to Gascony and rarely seen elsewhere. This vintage is perhaps a little more muted than earlier examples, but still offers floral aromas and vibrant breezy pineapple fruit with lime-like acidity. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 15th Jan 2021 )

£8.95
GE14141 GE14141 Spätburgunder, Markgräflerland, Martin Wassmer 2018

You won’t be disappointed with this beguiling example from the Markgräflerland region. It has a toasty nose with a touch of damp forest floor, notes of cherry and raspberry and good length on the finish. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 10th Jan 2021 )

£14.50
SA5881A SA5881A Nuy Red Muskadel

This is a slightly unusual but delicious wine that's a real bargain. It's an intensely sweet, fortified wine made from the rare red muscat grape variety. There's a lot of flavour in this, with sweet table grape, cherry, spice, orange peel and barley sugar. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 10th Jan 2021 )

£11.50
CE11241 CE11241 Marqués de Casa Concha Etiqueta Negra DO Puente Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

... from a 650-metre-high vineyard in the Puente Alto region near Santiago. The high altitude gives freshness to the weighty cab-sauv, with some oak ageing to give complexity and soften the wine more, delivering a nicely balanced parcel. A great wine for a big steak or a vegetable casserole.  - Terry Kirby



( The Independent 9th Jan 2021 )

£14.50
AU10522 AU10522 Half bottle of Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, 12 Years Old

At average 12 years, this older Classic style has rose petal notes, treacly, luscious, decadent sweetness; deep, long raisiny finish; well-priced Classic. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 9th Jan 2021 )

£17.00
FC36941 FC36941 Marcillac ‘Lo Sang del Pais', Domaine du Cros 2018

Marcillac, a tiny appellation in the Aveyron department, produces red wines from the south west's fer servadou grape variety, although in Marcillac it's called mansois, To confuse things further, the 'pais' in the name of this wine means country - nothing to do with the grape variety pais. It's medium bodied, soft and juicy with plum and raspberry fruit and a characteristic ferrous note. The soils are rich in iron - coincidence? - Joanna Simon

( Platinum 8th Jan 2021 )

£9.50
IT29501 IT29501 Etna Rosso Fondo Filara, Nicosia 2017

Elegant nose with notes of red fruit, herbs and liquorice. The palate is robust and lingering with a pleasant balsamic finish. Goes beautifully with flavourful pasta dishes, roasted game and grilled meats. - David Clay

( Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser 7th Jan 2021 )

£12.50
IT29731 IT29731 Regaleali Bianco, Tasca d'Almerita 2019

A pleasant blend of local grape varieties catarratto and inzolia. Delicate apple, peach and pink grapefruit. - David Clay

( Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser 7th Jan 2021 )

£8.50
IT29751 IT29751 Fiano Sicilia, Mandrarossa 2019

Aromatic, elegant. - David Clay

( Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser 7th Jan 2021 )

£9.95
IT31011 IT31011 The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2017

Great value smooth fragrant red from nero d'Avola. - David Clay

( Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser 7th Jan 2021 )

£8.50
CH3761 CH3761 Champagne Jean de Foigny Brut Premier Cru NV

This bubbly has plenty of flavour for financial fork-out ratio. There is plenty of upfront flavour: shortbread-biscuity, wholemeal-toasty, baked-lemony and dried strawberry slices. The palate texture is open and accessible, and the perky mousse delivers palate-cleansing crisp acidity. Drink with goujons. - Sally Easton

( France Magazine 6th Jan 2021 )

£22.00
IT30191 IT30191 Cirò Rosso Gaglioppo, Santa Venere 2018

Made from the gaglioppo grape, this is so enticing and easy to drink. Bright and juicy, it's brimming with dark raspberry fruits, and lots of fine, chalky-textured tannins. It's a very pretty medium-bodied wine with a youthful ruby colour and red fruit, plum and spice aromas. On the finish there's a little twist of Negron bitters mixed with smoke and cherry notes. Pleasantly savoury with fresh acidity and a dry finish. Organic. - Susan Hulme MW

( Decanter 6th Jan 2021 )

£9.95
SG1661 SG1661 The Society's Cava Reserva Brut NV

Excellent-value Cava, this spends 30 months in bottle. It's crisp, with  good purity of appley fruit and more depth than many Cavas at this price due to extended lees ageing. Voted a Wine Champion in 2020 by The Society's buyers. - Amy Wislocki

( Decanter 6th Jan 2021 )

£9.50
AU22331 AU22331 The Society's Australian Shiraz 2018

This is made by Bleasdale, who are based in the underrated Langhorne Creek wine region in South Australia. Rounded, fruity and pure with lovely elegance, this is a delicious shiraz with supple berries and brightness. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 3rd Jan 2021 )

£7.95
AA3061 AA3061 The Society's Blaufränkisch 2018

Best red wine (under £10) of 2020: lithe, mellow and delightfully complex ... Smoky, supple and delicately spiced, this medium-bodied, sophisticated Austrian red teems with densely focused flavours of dark berries, black cherries and blackcurrants which jostle for attention alongside subtle earthy pungent spices before a deeply satisfying finish with hints of black pepper. A versatile drop which will go equally well with red meat, game or poultry. - Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 2nd Jan 2021 )

£9.95
FC39391 FC39391 Plaimont, Moonseng Merlot-Manseng Noir, Côtes de Gascogne 2018

When blended with the more widespread merlot, [long-neglected manseng noir] makes for this terrific gem of a red ... with some spicy, silky, ripe dark fruit flavours and a lovely fresh mouthfeel that acts as a nice counterbalance. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 2nd Jan 2021 )

£7.50
WA281 WA281 Gratien and Meyer Festillant Sparkling Sans Alcool

A delight of bubbles but without the guilt of alcohol. It is lovely and refreshing when served really chilled. It tastes of lemons and apples and is ever so slightly sweet, but not overly so. I added a little fresh orange juice so I enjoyed what appeared to be a Bucks Fizz which delivered all the pleasure but without the alcohol. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 2nd Jan 2021 )

£4.50
AU10522 AU10522 Half bottle of Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, 12 Years Old

Stanton & Killeen’s 12 year old has chocolatey notes on the nose, with a luscious texture, and more dark chocolate wrapping around the peach and demerara sugar on the palate. These “Classic” Rutherglen muscats are now often being served with spicier dishes too; their sweetness lends itself to balancing hotter dishes. A great accompaniment to chocolate or toffee desserts too. - Peter Ranscombe

( Scottish Field 28th Dec 2020 )

£17.00
CH2111 CH2111 Champagne Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut NV

For a lesser-known name, I was impressed by the combination of depth and nerve in [this wine]. - David Williams

( The Observer 27th Dec 2020 )

£33.00
CH4171 CH4171 Champagne Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles 15 Grand Cru Extra Brut NV

This is a wonderful 70/30 pinot noir / chardonnay example from the Paillards, one of the historic families in Montagne de Reims. XV refers to the base vintage, 2015. Rich, toasty, with apple blossom, rich savoury pinot noir fruit and spice, finishing very dry. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 26th Dec 2020 )

£29.00
SG1661 SG1661 The Society's Cava Reserva Brut NV

This is one of the most successful, inexpensive sparklers of the year and it is perfect for New Year celebrations.  I wrote down ‘superb class’, ‘great length’ and ‘wonderfully complex’ in my tasting notes and those expressions are usually deployed for expensive Champagnes! - Matthew Jukes

( Daily Mail 26th Dec 2020 )

£9.50
SG161 SG161 Quartet Anderson Valley Brut, Roederer Estates NV

One of the best sparkling wines made outside Champagne. It has mouthwatering acidity, bright fruit, toasty creaminess with mellowness and mature fruits from the 15% oaked reserve wine which adds complexity. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 26th Dec 2020 )

£25.00
GR1691 GR1691 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2019

It would be hard to find a better value red than [this wine at £10.95] from The Wine Society: light but not excessively so, lightly perfumed red fruits, unoaked, so serve lightly chilled. - Justin Keay

( the-buyer.net 24th Dec 2020 )

£11.50
GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

… almost indecently cheap but offers lots of honeysuckle aromatics, with peach, apricot and grapefruit on the palate. Summer in a bottle. - Justin Keay

( the-buyer.net 24th Dec 2020 )

£8.95
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

From the house of the great ‘Champagne Charlie’ himself, it always astounds me how few folk seem to have heard of it. But once tasted, never forgotten, thanks to its glorious toasty, creamy, nutty brioche and preserved fruit flavours and sheer weight and complexity due, no doubt, to the high preponderance of reserve wines in the blend. If you drink one champagne this Christmas, please drink this. - Jonathan Ray

( The Spectator 17th Dec 2020 )

£45.00
SH1192 SH1192 Half bottle of Solear Manzanilla, Barbadillo

I’m scratching my head in puzzlement as to why prices for dry sherry haven’t risen significantly. This manzanilla is a lovely aperitif with a bowl of olives or almonds. Serve direct from the fridge and savour its tangy richness. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 16th Dec 2020 )

£5.95
RH56982 RH56982 The Society's Côtes-du-Rhône 2019

… lusciously fruity … Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 12th Dec 2020 )

£4.95
RH56981 RH56981 The Society's Côtes-du-Rhône 2019

… lusciously fruity … Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 12th Dec 2020 )

£8.50
CB6001 CB6001 Château du Payre, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2016

Good grip and savour on this merlot-dominated wine from a great vintage in Bordeaux. Classic Bordeaux structure and quite a bit of tannin but nothing excessive. It needs food but should satisfy many a household. It looks smart too. Great value. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 12th Dec 2020 )

£10.95
CM23191 CM23191 Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc 2009

This is a no-brainer for a classic red Bordeaux from a ripe vintage that’s at the peak of its powers. … The Wine Society understandably went back for more. Lusciously ready. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 12th Dec 2020 )

£22.00
GR1691 GR1691 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2019

Xinomavro is arguably Greece’s greatest red-wine grape and makes wines not unlike Barolo in character: pale, fresh and appetisingly chewy in youth. This young-vine version has exciting stony-sweet fruit with a very refreshing finish and lots of mineral character. It needs food but it would be lovely at virtually any temperature. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 12th Dec 2020 )

£11.50
SP16051 SP16051 Cuevas de Arom As Ladieras Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2016

Fernando Mora was a mechanical engineer who qualified as a Master of Wine in record time because he decided his future lay with restoring value to the depopulated Aragon region through transforming old garnacha vines into transparent wines like this. Serious wine with beautiful edgy, sweet fruit. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 12th Dec 2020 )

£16.50
BU75661 BU75661 Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis Sainte-Claire 2019

If you like your chardonnay bone-dry and sinewy with fresh natural acidity and a creamy leesy palate, this unoaked Chablis is stunning for the price - with enough tart zippy acidity, rich limey fruit, lemon oils and mineral notes to match well with turkey. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 12th Dec 2020 )

£14.95
CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

… not only beautifully packaged but this is also a very classy wine. There are baked apples, a little spice and some brioche on the nose. This is gorgeous Champagne and very food friendly.??????? - Alistair Gibson

( Portsmouth News 12th Dec 2020 )

£49.00
RH57181 RH57181 The Society's French Syrah 2019

Smashing … an ideal partner to beef, goose or lamb on your Christmas table. And turkey too, why not? It has a ripe nose of blackberry, blueberry and black plums, and a trade marky syrah tingle of spice. It's great at the price. - Jane Clare

( Manchester Evening News 12th Dec 2020 )

£7.95
SG2201 SG2201 The Society's Prosecco

There is a real definition to this. Aroma shouts of lemopns and limes and crunchy Golden Delicious apples. It's fruity and lively with vibrant peach and apple and a touch of minerality to the decent finish. - Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 12th Dec 2020 )

£11.50
AA2941 AA2941 The Society's Exhibition Grüner Veltliner 2019

A model grüner from Willi Brundlmayer’s vineyards in Kamptal. Intense, fragrant and floral with citrus and apricot fruit, fresh dill, spicy white pepper and a seam of stony minerality. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2020 )

£14.50
GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

A delightful, breezy, aromatic white with ginger and white pepper spice notes, citrus and floral flavours and racy acidity. It’s a blend of moschofilero and roditis made by Seméli and would be as welcome on Boxing Day as it is at the height of the summer. Serve as an apéro or with salads and shellfish. - Joanna Simon

( JancisRobinson.com 11th Dec 2020 )

£8.95
SP15041 SP15041 Marqués de Murrieta Blanco Capellanía Vineyard, Rioja 2015

From Murrieta’s Capellanía vineyard, a model white Rioja aged in new French oak barrels for 15 months: a delicious combination of creamy, vanilla-scented richness, verve and vitality, with flavours of jasmine, pine, grapefruit and quince. A wine of great length and presence. Very good with creamy fish, seafood and smoked fish dishes and a variety of hard and creamy cheeses. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2020 )

£19.50
BG391 BG391 Bulgarian Heritage Misket, Via Vinera 2019

Orange blossom! Refreshing and floral as a sherbet rose, this Bulgarian Beauty is unbeatable value for money. - Olly Smith

( ollysmith.com 10th Dec 2020 )

£9.50
BU72621 BU72621 Château de Beauregard, Saint-Véran Vernay 2018

If you prefer the unoaked style of white burgundy, The Wine Society comes up trumps once more. [This wine, from one of] my favourite regions is tank fermented to preserve the fresh fruit flavours. Crisp and appealing, with enough body to pair with roast chicken or turkey. Perfect also with a variety of seafood – scallops with black pudding, giant prawns and garlic mayonnaise or pan-fried wild seabass fillets. Dream on…..!- Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 9th Dec 2020 )

£16.50
US9291 US9291 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Amador Zinfandel 2018

Anyone who finds Zinfandel to be verging on the brash, uncouth and in-your-face, like I did, allow this wine to recalibrate your expectations. A beautiful balance of dates and raisins over warming cinnamon toast, with an almost port-like concentration. Warmed up in the glass, a savoury, lightly umami component makes itself known, with liquorice and plum sauce on the finish, of all things. - Rob Buckhaven

( Metro 8th Dec 2020 )

£16.00
SG1661 SG1661 The Society's Cava Reserva Brut NV

For bargain bubbles … The Society's Cava Reserva Brut is a fine choice. - Kate Hawkings

( Olive 8th Dec 2020 )

£9.50
BU71731 BU71731 Domaine Coche-Bizouard, Meursault Premier Cru Charmes 2017

Very attractive and already drinking well, this Meursault is made from 80-year-old vines. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 7th Dec 2020 )

£69.00
AA3071 AA3071 Familie Mantler Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich 2019

Supple and a bit peppery with some delicacy. Nice finesse and precision with good detail. Great value. 90/100 Jamie Goode

( wineanorak.com 7th Dec 2020 )

£8.95
AU22331 AU22331 The Society's Australian Shiraz 2018

Rounded, fruity and pure with lovely elegance. Ripe and delicious with supple berry fruits and nice brightness. 89/100 Jamie Goode

( wineanorak.com 7th Dec 2020 )

£7.95
BG391 BG391 Bulgarian Heritage Misket, Via Vinera 2019

100% misket, a terpenic variety. Very pretty, grapey and floral. A nice fruity style with good texture and weight. 89/100 Jamie Goode

( wineanorak.com 7th Dec 2020 )

£9.50

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