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AR4151 AR4151 Weinert Carrascal Corte Clásico Mendoza 2015

The first time you smell this blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, you think of mature red Bordeaux: it’s delightful and full of character, with notes of cedar wood and tobacco. Try with steak cooked in a rich, meaty sauce. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 17th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
AA2821 AA2821 Pepp Blauer Zweigelt, Weinviertel 2018

50 Best Wines for Christmas: Austria’s zweigelt often reminds me of youthful, fruit-driven styles of Rhône syrah, and this one has that region’s combination of peppery notes and freshly picked blackberries. An exuberant red to liven up the post-Boxing Day cold cuts. - David Williams

( The Observer 17th Nov 2019 )

£8.50
BW6051 BW6051 G de Château Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc 2015

50 Best Wines for Christmas: From an estate best known for its Sauternes sweet wines, this is a captivating oak-aged dry white made from the same blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon, and offering peachy succulence, a hint of smoke and luminous acidity. A delight. - David Williams

( The Observer 17th Nov 2019 )

£16.00
CB5601 CB5601 Château Argadens Rouge, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015

50 Best Wines for Christmas: The 2015 vintage was excellent across France, including Bordeaux, and its charm is in full effect in a superb-value claret with classic flavours of cedar and cassis, fine tannins and moreish acidity that will work beautifully with Boxing Day beef. - David Williams

( The Observer 17th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
PN231 PN231 The Society's Exhibition Crusted Port, Bottled 2013

Cracking Crusted. Silky with sweet, powerful richness for a festive treat. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 17th Nov 2019 )

£17.00
US8071 US8071 Lemelson Thea's Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

50 Best Wines for Christmas: Oregon is now making some of the world’s finest pinot noir, and this shows off the Pacific North West’s answer to Burgundy at its most elegant and seductive, all perfectly captured red and black fruit, lacy tannins and great, refreshing length. - David Williams

( The Observer 17th Nov 2019 )

£21.00
RH51451 RH51451 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2017

Notes of white peach, pear, a touch of honey and aromas of acacia flowers. Viognier takes centre-stage in this full-bodied blend from the southern Rhône. It's a delicious wine, happily suited to light Christmas starters, richer foods and Asian-style dishes. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 16th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
AR3981 AR3981 Faldeos Nevados Torrontés 2018

Star buy: Popular with tasters for its light rose petal perfume, fresh, zippy, youthful unoaked crispness and ripe, citric, zesty core, slightly off dry, quite heady at 14 per cent - from Argentina's most experienced winemaker, Susana Balbo. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 16th Nov 2019 )

£8.95
BJ7971 BJ7971 The Society's Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2017

Bright floral aromas wrapped around the heady red fruits. In the mouth a smidge of acidity keeps things breezy in this versatile Moulin-à-Vent. This great-value Beaujolais will certainly gather pace and complexity for another year or two. - Neil Cammies

( Western Mail 16th Nov 2019 )

£11.50
FC36491 FC36491 Syrah-Viognier L’Orangeraie, Pays d'Oc, Lorgeril 2018

It’s worth joining The Society just to get your hands on this gorgeous, juicy red that is better than most supermarkets can offer at the price. - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 16th Nov 2019 )

£7.95
AR4071 AR4071 La Primera Revancha Mendoza Chenin Blanc 2018

Old vine chenin blanc with honey and hazelnut bouquet, vibrant acid, herby undertones, creamy textural palate, a touch too heavy on oak - but still a lovely example. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 16th Nov 2019 )

£12.50
BJ7751 BJ7751 Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Côte du Py 2017

Beautiful, bright Beaujolais that will age, if you can wait that long. Pure pleasure. - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 16th Nov 2019 )

£15.50
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Sometimes, however, only first-rate champagne will do, and none is more first-rate than that from old Champagne Charlie himself, the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV. Made with a higher number of reserve wines than is usual in Champagne and aged far longer, it's a fabulous fizz, full of toast, brioche, honey and white stone fruit. - Jonathan Ray

( The Field 15th Nov 2019 )

£45.00
PW7521 PW7521 Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho, Vinho Verde 2018

Mineral and juicy with stone fruit aromas and a lick of salinity to the finish makes this a wine that will match hearty winter Portuguese dishes such as salt cod and chickpeas. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 15th Nov 2019 )

£12.95
HU1421 HU1421 Pinot Noir, Ostoros 2017

... the best bargain out there is The Wine Society's Osteros Pinot Noir from Hungary at only £6.95. I served it at my daughter's wedding this year, which tells you all you need to know. - Kate Hawkings

( Olive 15th Nov 2019 )

£6.95
PW7781 PW7781 Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco, Alentejo 2017

Crisp, dry, linear minerality, it has floral aromas and a fresh salty tang on the finish. With firm body, this is fabulous with fish or garlic prawns. Top stuff for a Portuguese white. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 13th Nov 2019 )

£17.00
MA181 MA181 Henriques and Henriques Malvasia, 10 years old 50cl

Intense aromas of coffee and raisin, caramel and spice. Luxurious sweetness, silky textured fruit on the palate and bracing acidity. This Madeira is all but indestructible; once open the bottle will not deteriorate. Enjoy as an after dinner drink with rich fruit cake, chocolate, toffee pudding or coffee desserts. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 11th Nov 2019 )

£19.50
MA231 MA231 Blandy's Verdelho, 10 years old 50cl

Medium dry, nice acidity, mellow caramel and coffee. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 11th Nov 2019 )

£19.50
MA241 MA241 Henriques and Henriques Sercial, 10 years old 50cl

This has lively acidity with flavours of spice, nuts, citrus, apricots and vanilla. Can be served chilled as an aperitif. A lovely wine with a long finish. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 11th Nov 2019 )

£20.00
RH51451 RH51451 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2017

This viognier-dominant blend from the Guigal winery in the Rhône Valley has all the easy charm of chardonnay. Clean and dry, with flavoursome notes of apple, spice, pear and honey — a great bottle for the fridge. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 10th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
SA14421 SA14421 Tierhoek Piekeniers Cape White Blend, Piekenierskloof 2018

Most Cape White Blends are chenin-led but this puts sauvignon blanc at centre stage with viognier and chardonnay adding texture, flavour and complexity. A bright, refreshing, high-altitude gem made especially for Society members. - Paula Gracey

( Belfast Telegraph 9th Nov 2019 )

£9.95
PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

An authentic Portuguese sweet treat, with the heady aroma of caramelised citrus pith and orange blossom, with honey, hazelnut and barley sugar on the palate. As a bonus, it keeps well in the fridge after opening, if you can resist it. - Paula Gracey

( Belfast Telegraph 9th Nov 2019 )

£9.95
PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

… rich complex and amber-coloured … Intense aromas of orange peel and honey dominate the bouquet before a luxurious palate wherein raisin, apricot and marmalade flavours mingle pleasantly before a tangy, lingering finish. - Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 9th Nov 2019 )

£9.95
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

Made for The Society by Ridgeview in Sussex, this has class, finesse and freshness thanks to the classic blend of Champagne grapes - pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. - Paula Gracey

( Belfast Telegraph 9th Nov 2019 )

£23.00
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

… ferociously crisp, unctuously heady and nicely rounded … A glorious riot of fresh green apple and mineral flavours is neatly undercut by a sharp swathe of citrus in its refreshing finish, while biscuity backnotes of brioche add intriguing complexity. A perfect aperitif ... Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 9th Nov 2019 )

£23.00
SP14801 SP14801 Sabina Tempranillo, Navarra 2018

The name comes from a juniper native to the northern Spanish region of Navarra where this full-bodied red hails from. Tempranillo grapes are blended with some cabernet sauvignon to create a fruity wine, described as a "mid-week favourite" by Wine Society members. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 9th Nov 2019 )

£5.95
GE12421 GE12421 Weissburgunder, Weingut Jülg 2018

... made by a German vintner, from grapes that are actually grown over the border in France’s Alsace region. My tasting note includes the observation that it’s ‘arguably more fun than most white burgundies’. It’s the frankness, the vitality, and, perhaps, lack of oak that is so appealing. - Jancis Robinson MW

( JancisRobinson.com 9th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
CE10291 CE10291 Viña Santico Merlot 2018

Another Wine Society favourite, this medium-bodied Chilean merlot represents fantastic value for money for a simple, delicious red with dark fruit and plum flavours. - Matt Nixon

( Daily Express 9th Nov 2019 )

£5.95
BJ7971 BJ7971 The Society's Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2017

... to accompany the turkey and ham ... Concentrated yet richly fruity, fragrant and succulent, this is a delicious example of Moulin-à-Vent from Les Vins Aujoux. The wine is starting to show complex savoury leather and dried-cherry flavours with the classic tannin of this Beaujolais cru coming through towards the finish. - Paula Gracey

( Belfast Telegraph 9th Nov 2019 )

£11.50
CB5381 CB5381 Château Thieuley Rouge, Bordeaux 2015

Gorgeous red from a great vintage, this is a classic blend – mostly merlot, some cabernet – from a family-owned château in the Entre-Deux-Mers region in Bordeaux. This region can sometimes come across as a bit too old school for some but wines like this one are a real breath of fresh air. It’s juicy and more-ish, just so you know. Absolutely made to go with sausages. - Helen McGinn

( Knackered Mothers Wine Club 7th Nov 2019 )

£10.95
XC1912 XC1912 Whisky & Whisky Stones Set

For whisky lovers, The Society has a smashing Whisky & Whisky Stones Gift Set: a combination of sweet malty Scotch and whisky stones, an ingenious alternative to ice-cubes. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 7th Nov 2019 )

£45.00
SA14711 SA14711 Percheron Old-Vine Cinsault, Western Cape 2018

A great value, floral South African red that brings us mineral-influenced but medium-bodied loganberry and red cherry fruit with firm acidity, soft tannin and touches of herbs, cloves and white pepper. - Brian Elliott

( midweekwines.co.uk 7th Nov 2019 )

£6.95
SH571 SH571 The Society's Fino

Brilliance in a bottle. Serve chilled with green olives. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 3rd Nov 2019 )

£6.95
US7341 US7341 The Society's Exhibition Napa Valley Zinfandel 2015

John Williams at Frog’s Leap is one of the most thoughtful winemakers in Napa Valley. His wines are clearly influenced by the old world’s restraint and elegance, with this one cracking value for a wine of its quality. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 3rd Nov 2019 )

£16.00
XC1947 XC1947 The Society's Christmas Hamper

Containing the all-important French fizz, a food-friendly bottle of claret and a crowd-pleasing New Zealand sauvignon blanc, The Wine Society have collated the perfect drinks for Christmas in one hamper. Alongside the bottles, the traditional wicker basket contains sweet treats - Christmas cake, plum pudding, lemon melts and chocolates - as well as savoury snacks like olives, cheese straws, nuts and salmon terrine. We loved the breakfast tea bags which come with dainty pink tongs. The quintessential Christmas collection. - Stacey Smith

( i News 2nd Nov 2019 )

£99.00
SP15221 SP15221 Luna Beberide Mencía, Bierzo 2018

The Spanish region of Bierzo is becoming more widely known for its fruity native red grape mencia. Unoaked and vivacious, this example is bright with fresh cherry fruit and would work a treat with pizza - or would be a great book club wine!

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£9.95
FC34721 FC34721 Coteaux du Languedoc Le Blanc, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2017

The marsanne in this marsanne/roussanne blend is vinified with 30 days of maceration, helping to explain the structure and food-friendliness found here. Dry spice, stone fruit and a touch of hazelnut. High in alcohol, but balanced - perfect winter white.

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£12.50
CB5811 CB5811 Château Bel Air Perponcher Rouge Réserve, Bordeaux 2017

81% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc. The best wine of the Bordeaux AOCs assessed at this tasting and for good reason. Located near the Erganne, a tributary of the Dordogne, and very close to Saint-Emilion vineyards, the wine conveys a sumptuous ripe plum-like nose, akin to Saint-Emilion. The full-bodied palate is fresh and elegant, with ripe red and blackberry fruit. The cabernets lend structure.

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£9.95
CH2761 CH2761 Champagne Deutz Classic Brut NV

Perfumed, floral, almost riesling-like nose. Great fruit definition on the palate, tangerine profile on the mousse. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£39.00
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Neatly constructed and eloquent, with a nose of plum and yellow fruit, coupled with hints of spring flowers. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£45.00
CH3391 CH3391 Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

Intense savoury tones, yet still rich and fruity. Assertive in character with a hint of liquorice at the end. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£29.50
CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

A forward and reasonably evolved style, hints of gingerbread, kumquat and mandarin refining the proposition. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£49.00
CH461 CH461 Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV

Fruit-forward, with notes of apple, pear and kiwi. Creamy mousse, round acidity and floral hints on the finish. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£35.00
CH464 CH464 Magnum of Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV

An inseparable interplay of ripe fruit and dark savoury lees notes. Complex and mature, with fine texture and a long, ample finish. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£65.00
CS11241 CS11241 Jean-Pierre Moueix, Saint-Emilion 2016

Juicy and fresh with well-worked tannins. Limited complexity but adequate fruit and flavour. Satisfying entry-level St-Emilion. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£14.50
CS9201 CS9201 Château Bélair-Monange, Saint-Emilion 2013

Top Bordeaux wines perfect to drink now: This is fruit-forward, with raspberry and redcurrant notes and a beautiful smoky edge. 2013 was the most challenging vintage of recent years, and yet this is gulpable stuff. It's extremely good for the year, helped by the complexity of the vineyard. Although the limestone plateau found it tough to ripen, the south-facing slopes were warmer and therefore the grapes for this wine were largely drawn from there. It was also helped by the fact that behind the scenes they were working on the creation of a second wine - the first commercial release of which was 2014 - allowing for greater selection in the grand vin at this point. 92/100 Jane Anson

( decanter.com 28th Oct 2019 )

£75.00
SL181 SL181 Klabjan Refošk 2016

Made from the refosco grape, this is a fascinating example from one of the country’s better-known wineries. It has an autumnal feel, with plenty of dark fruit, spice and cooked rhubarb. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 27th Oct 2019 )

£16.00
BU72251 BU72251 Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard, Mâcon-Villages 2018

Southern Burgundy is a source of increasingly good quality and value chardonnay, and this one crams in a lot of flavour ... Fresh clean aromas are of early spring flowers along with hints of ripe melon and lemon pulp. - Sally Easton

( France Magazine 27th Oct 2019 )

£10.95
FC36061 FC36061 Cantoiseau Rouge, Vin de France 2018

Glorious, ripe, fruity, spiced plum of a carignan and grenache-based red, perfect with winter fare. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 26th Oct 2019 )

£5.95
IT27291 IT27291 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Contesa 2018

Montepulciano grapes from Abruzzo, the Italian region to the east of Rome, make this luscious rosé which tastes of cherries and strawberry sorbet. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 26th Oct 2019 )

£8.50
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