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Domaine Horgelus Sauvignon and Gros Manseng 2017

Forget Cloudy Bay, forget Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre, this Horgelus Sauvignon/Gros Manseng blend costs almost half the price and delivers as much if not more. Typically it shows bright, lifted notes of lemon/lime, melon and grapefruit and a delicate herbaceous character. The Sauvignon Blanc element brings a classic nettle and elderflower zip, while the Gros Manseng gives a gorgeous tropical fruit depth. Endlessly quaffable. Drink from: the moment it's in your possession. Drink until: the bottle is empty.

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White - 12%
France - Gascony
Grape: Sauvignon blanc,gros manseng


Ciello Bianco Catarrato, Sicily 2017

We adore this white wine. It reminds us a bit of a spicy Viognier with peachy, apricot flavours, with a lovely hint of Sicilian lemon pith, with a nice salty tang, and some herbs. Unfiltered so it can be cloudy, but this is good! It's really extraordinarily good value. Like amazingly good.

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White
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Catarratto


Ortrugo Bonelli 2017

Ortrugo? No we hadn’t heard of it either, but turns out that this hidden gem of Emilia Romagna is downright delicious. Layers of lemon sorbet scrumptiousness make this a perfect party pairing – just throw in some crab canapes or a garlic prawn starter and you’ll be on the way to vinous heaven.

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White - 11.5%
Italy - Emilia romagna


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Alphabetical White Vin Blanc 2017

Another Saffer wine that sits firmly in, if not at the very summit of, the unbeatable-value midweek bottle category. If you are in one of those households where someone likes Sauvignon but someone else has gone off it, and you can't agree on what to drink, then try this. It’s a quite blindingly good wine for the price and is made from the rich, Rhone white variety Roussanne. A bona fide charmer that will add a lovely bit of character to your Chrimbo lunch or dinner - a scent of stone fruits here, a soupcon of mountain herbs there, and just the right amount of fruit character to complement a mahoosive variety of festive foods.

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White - 13%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Chardonnay,roussanne


Sauvignon de Touraine 'Fleur de Printemps' Domaine de la Rochette 2016

Delicate, fine, nettle, super tang, refreshers-like finish. Elegance with a very pretty finish and good length. This is much more subtle that a Kiwi Sauvignon.. It just has everything you want from Sauvignon - not too much and not too little.

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White - 12.5%
France - Loire
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


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AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2018

The 2018 Secateurs wowed us with it's beautiful balance of weight and texture with a fine acidity that will quickly make this your go-to wine. It really separates it from the rafts of pub blackboard Chenins, and puts it in a category of more serious Chenin that often costs a lot more. This is really outstanding wine, and exceptionally good value - it could easily be twice the price and you wouldn't bat an eyelid.

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Chenin blanc




Petit Chablis Louis Moreau 2017

Louis Moreau farms his 52 Ha of vinyeards sustainably, and lovingly tends his vines all year round. The Moreau family have run the estate for over 200 years. Lots of fruit and freshness - more generous than their Chablis with palate cleansing acidity and a wet stone finish.

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White - 12%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Chardonnay


Sauvignon de Touraine, Domaine de la Rochette 2017

Think of a delicate, floral Sancerre and then think of a better, brighter, more huggable world in which that wine is close to half the price. That’s what our Fleur de Printemps Touraine gives you. It’s as pretty as a snowflake on Christmas morn, with elderflower and white floral notes that pirhouette over a core of lemon sorbet, while there’s an intense streak of minerality that belies this wine’s lesser known appellation. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that even the anti- Sauvignon Blanc brigade can warm to. An absolute winner with grilled fish. A slurp for you and a glug for the baking dish, which would adjust the right amount of zest and refreshment.

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White - 12.5%
France - Loire
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


Grillo 'Ariddu' Valdibella 2015 (Organic)

There is a hint of Viognier about it, with lovely vibrant aromatics, orangey fruit, a good texture but not weighty, with a good crisp, dry finish. It's perfect for crossing the divide, between those who don't like Chardonnay and those who don't like Sauvignon, yet far more interesting than Picpoul or Pinot Grigio. We love it.

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White - 13.5%
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Grillo


Mas Cristine Le Grill White Cotes du Roussillon 2017

SPECIAL MONEY WEEK WINE CLUB PRICE FOR MARCH ONLY 'Initially, I loved the quirky flavours brought about by this Vermentino/ Macabeu blend and so I made my notes and then cracked on with another wine. Its allure stuck in the back of my mind and so, curious about the evolving flavours, I went back to it just as my wife was serving up a Thai green chicken curry for dinner. We both tasted it with her creation – it was sublime. So while this is a silky, seashell, lime and mint-imbued beauty, it turns into a shimmering diva with complicated flavours and can transform a Jukes curry night into' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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White - 13.5%
France - Roussillon
Grape: Roussanne,vermentino,macabeu



Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This is the most succulent, juicy, complex Sauvignon from Marlborough we've had in ages. It avoids being pungent but has wonderful aromas and flavours that make you remember why we all once fell in love with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We have always done well with Greywacke but the volumes they’ve started to produce suggest it’ll be difficult for them to maintain the highest quality. So we started to look beyond to the next exciting producer – and there, like a guiding star over Bethlehem (which would make us wise men, so it must be right), we discovered Eveline Fraser’s Little Beauty. Eveline was the winemaker at Cloudy Bay back when it was good. Little Beauty is her own project, using a selection of the best fruit in some of Marlborough's prime vineyards located next to the excellent Dog Point. This is the most succulent, juicy, complex Sauvignon from Marlborough we've had in ages, and reminds you why we all once fell in love with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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White - 13%
New zealand - Marlborough
Grape: Sauvignon blanc


Boina White, Portugal Boutique Winery 2017

A traditional Douro field blend (a co-fermentation of various interplanted white grape varieties) some of which are 90 years old! This has a core of stone fruits and green apple. On the palate there is an almost palomino, pear and white peach fruit profile, but what sets this apart from almost all wines at this price point is the intense minerality rounded off with a buttery finish and hint of toasted hazlenut.

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White
Portugal - Douro


Domaine Castera Jurancon Sec 2017

A bit like a really good Chablis with excellent concentration coming from the wonderful Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng grapes of the Pyrenees. Really good energy and minerality, with a hint of pineapple which is typical of the grapes. 'Haunting and delicious. Floral and crisp, you must taste this rare French classic.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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White - 13.5%
France - Jurancon
Grape: Gros manseng,petit courbu


Mas Cristine Blanc Cotes du Roussillon 2017

A field(s) blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeu, Carignan Gris and occasionally a bit of Muscat Sec and Vermentino, it is fermented in both tanks and old oak. "2017 was absolutely brilliant for our whites - there is a jump and lift to them that brings a smile to my face, and balances the ripe, tropical notes that come from the Catalan sunshine with a bracing minerality and juiciness that brings it rushing from the glass. Age-worthy, but a delight in its youth, this is a rare wine that can pair with the most sublime of cuisine, think lobster with garlic butter, or just be enjoyed for itself."

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White
France - Roussillon
Grape: Grenache blanc,marsanne,roussanne,macabeu


Burja Zelen, Slovenia 2017

Ennui, is probably the most common sensation associated with the Christmas time. Avoid ennui entirely this festive season with a pure dose of vinous novelty in the shape of this extraordinary Slovenian white. This wine is not just a novelty,however, it’s a thrillingly, uniquely delicious wine. Zelen is a variety from the Vipava Valley in Slovenia. In the 1980s, there was only 1ha of it in existence. Now there’s around 80ha. ‘Zelen’ means ‘green in Slovenian – and indeed if wine made from this grape is left unfiltered, it will emerge with a distinct emerald green tint. Expect a delicately perfumed nose of white flowers, green apple, then jolts of grapefruit, lemon, apple and floral notes on the palate, and a racy, saline edge. This would be a wonderful wine to pair with oysters – or other shellfish for that matter. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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White - 11% - Organic
Slovenia - Vipava


Keermont Terrasse White 2015

Alex Starey’s 2015 Terrasse Chenin-based blend was the top-scoring white blend in WineMag ZA 2017 report – a 95-pointer, no less. The backbone of this blend is Chenin blanc from a 46 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’. This is complemented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and smaller proportions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Viognier. It’s probably the most elegant Terrasse we’ve seen from Alex yet – with many-toned floral and stone fruit aromas and a wonderfully textured palate. It offers a level of complexity you’d expect from wines at double the price, and should be enjoyed with that special person in your life. If that special person is you, all the better – twice the pleasure!

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Stellenbosch
Grape: Chardonnay,chenin blanc,sauvignon blanc,viognier




Blank Bottle Orbitofrontal Cortex 2016

Orbitofrontal Cortex is named after the part of your brain where conscious decisions are made. It's fair to expect great things with a wine made as the consciously selected best of the best....! On the nose, we have layers of sun dried hay, tonnes of sweet conference pears, baked apples, even some fresh crunchy green apple acidity. It's an intricately put together number, but no fear, if you like your whites with texture, crunch, ripe fruit and with a story, then this is for you.

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White - 12.5%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Chenin blanc,grenache blanc,semillon,fernao pires,clairette blanche


Saumur Blanc, Les Fresnettes, Chateau de Targe 2015

As much a Christmas comfort as a pair of Rudolf slippers or the Muppet’s Christmas Carol on the box – there’s something absolutely ‘a point’ about a rich Loire Chenin at this time of year. Maybe it’s those lovely butterscotch and gingery spice hints. Whatever it is, it’s a winner. Chateau de Targé’s ripe and sumptuous 2015 has loads of texture and spice on the palate. It’s rich and toasty but not remotely overcooked, with plenty of mouthfilling buttery stone fruit and that signature zingy Chenin acidity. Class!

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White - 14.5%
France - Loire
Grape: Chenin blanc


BK Wines 'One Ball' Chardonnay, Kenton, Adelaide Hills 2017

Lordy lordington, this is a good Chardonnay. A serious Chardonnay too. Symphonic. One moment rich, expressive, and generously fleshy, the next minute exhilaratingly racy, with a gripping undercurrent of cool, fresh minerality. Fresh cashews, a hint of toast, melon, peach, cream and a saline touch - there’s a lot packed into this wine so decanting is recommended. We’re not allowed to fully disclose the origin of the cuvée name, other than to say that it is in homage to the grower that owns the single vineyard that supplies the fruit... we'll let you fill in the blanks. An eminently fine alternative to white Burgundy for your Christmas dinner table.

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White
Australia - Adelaide hills
Grape: Chardonnay


A A Badenhorst Family White 2016

A fine alternative to white Burgundy… Adi’s Family White is never less than headily, ecstatically delicious. There’s perhaps a hint more exoticism on the aromatic profile (it’s a Chenin-led blend including various proportions of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon, Marsanne and Palomino), but there’s such an elegant, creamy toastiness and palateweight. It’s all supremely well balanced… white peach, yellow apple, heather and verbena notes which are still tightly coiled at the core and would open up with decanting. The Family White is Adi at his best – it’s one of the finest whites in South Africa, and a true Christmas cracker.

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White - 13.5%
South africa - Coastal region


Ladoix 1er Cru 'Les Grechons', Maratray-Dubreuil 2016

If we had to pick one white wine to see us through the many challenges and traumas of the Christmas period, it would be this yawningly gorgeous Ladoix prem cru. The 'Les Grechons' vineyard is an extension of the famous Corton-Charlemagne sites and so is the holy grail of Burgundy – but without the silly prices. It's one of those wines for people really in the know. Elegantly expressive, full of lovely rich stone fruit and melon character with hints of dried fruits and spice, toasted hazelnuts and hints of butterscotch. There's also a firm line of flinty minerality, and that delicious combination of texture, body and fresh acidity that the whites around Corton do so well. Fine enough to grace even the most fastidious Burgundy bibber's table.

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White - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Chardonnay


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Sorrenberg Chardonnay 2016

Along with Giaconda, Sorrenberg is the leading chardonnay producer in the Beechworth region. This is a wine that will bring the widest of smiles to any Chardonnay-lover’s lips. It has that winning combo of generosity and lightness of touch – gorgeous ripe peach, juicy pear and honeydew melon fruit, a backbone of grapefruit acidity interplaying with dried honey and creamy-mealy richness, and a thrilling persistence - all down to Barry’s skill at making oak (typically 25% new), lees (battonage a-plenty) and malolactic fermentation work exactly as he wants them to do. Ambrosia in chardonnay form.

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White - 13% - Organic
Australia
Grape: Chardonnay


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Syrah Laurence de Veyrac 2017

The Christmas story could have been very different. Had the three wise men been waylaid by a bottle of this Syrah on the way then they would certainly have chosen more exciting gifts! A super nose, full of lovely Syrah aromas, black currant, violet, licorice, a bit of pepper and spice with a good hearty juiciness. This is not a pricy Northern Rhone equivalent but it is the best £10 Syrah from the Languedoc we’ve had for many years.

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Red - 13.5%
France - Languedoc
Grape: Syrah


Barbera Bonelli 2017

‘Cheap’ is not a word you often hear from wine merchants. Not publically anyway. But ‘cheap’ doesn’t always have to be followed by ‘nasty’. It might also be followed by ‘cheerful’. That’s a good thing to be and there should be no shame in saying so. ‘Cheap and nasty’ is a bargain-bucket Crazy Frog’s ‘Last Christmas’ EP, ‘cheap and nasty’ is a bumper roll of Poundland binbags. ‘Cheap and cheerful’ It’s also organic. Can’t say fairer than that, guv. Super with a bowl of pasta and tomato sauce.

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Red - 13% - Organic
Italy - Emilia romagna


Soli Pinot Noir, Miroglio,Thracian Valley 2016

'OK, this is the joker in the pack. I hold my hands up. You will have two bottles of this cheeky Pinot in your mixed case and you will not believe what’s happening when you dip your hooter into the glass. It is budget-priced, of course, but your expectations will undoubtedly be set low and then the surprise will build in your eyebrows, before making it down to your smile. Yes, this is Bulgaria’s hidden weapon – and who the hell would have guessed it would be a Pinot? Not me, that’s for sure.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 13.5%
Bulgaria - Thracian valley
Grape: Pinot noir


Alphabetical Red Vin Ordinaire 2016

A firm favourite with Swiggers and with top critics such as Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes, this Cape Bordeaux blend might just be the greatest creation since sliced bread. Or at least since the Turkey Feast sandwich. Without doubt one of the best-value South African wines on the market too. The bright, pure fruit has a compelling chocolatey, earthy richness to it. Candied orange dipped in dark chocolate, a hint of menthol and a lovely warm earthiness - think sunbaked earth and terracota pots with juicy autumn blackberries. It would work splendidly with a classic rosemary-studded shoulder of lamb.

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Red - 14%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cabernet franc,cabernet sauvignon,merlot,petit verdot,shiraz




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Titos Garnacha, Familia Bastida 2015

"Such good value, I almost fell out of my chair" – Robin Davis. Yep, Spain really is a wellspring of vinous bargains these days: rich winemaking heritage, check; huge diversity of terroir, check; loads of gnarly old vines with the potential to produce high-quality fruit, plenty of interesting grape varieties, cheap land and production costs – check, check, checkeroo. This wine, with its quite serious structure and complex, oak-spiced dark berry fruit profile, is a prime example of the amazing value Spain offers, a wine whose charms would inevitably come with a heftier price tag were it made practically anywhere else in the world.

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Red - 14%
Spain - Castilla y leon
Grape: Garnacha,monastrell,mourvedre


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Mas Brunet Cuvee du Mazet, Domaine de Brunet 2015

Rhone varieties meet the Languedoc in this ethereally lovely red blend. Think along the lines of a classic Chateauneuf du Pape with a little added freshness from Mas Brunet’s location in the cool, garriguey limestone plateau of the Terrasses de Larzac (prime Languedoc winegrowing country, a short hop from the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’, Mas de Daumas Gassac). This is Robin’s de facto house wine, a genuine portfolio classic which overdelivers like a hyperactive Santa.

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Red - 13.5%
France - Languedoc-roussillon
Grape: Grenache,mourvedre,syrah


Rote Kuvee Groszer Wein 2015

Normally £16.95 'Made from the excellent Austrian red grape Blaufränkisch blended with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this is a beautiful wine, showcasing the very best this country has to offer at a fighting price. The depth of plum and berry fruit, cut with cinnamon spice and pink peppercorns, is astounding. It is a claret-shaped wine with an entirely modern and enthralling outlook. Not only that, I love the label and the whole atmosphere surrounding the ritual of opening and drinking this wine. Push the boat out, claret-drinkers, and get yourselves bang up to date with what’s happening right now in the wine world!' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 13% - Organic
Austria - Burgenland
Grape: Blaufrankisch




A A Badenhorst Papegaai Cinsault 2017

Did you know that the collective noun for a group of parrots is a ‘pandemonium of parrots’? Worthy of inclusion as a Christmas cracker factlet, that one. Enjoy your own pandemonium of parrots by investing a case or two of Adi Badenhorst’s Papegaai (Afrikaans for ‘parrot’) Cinsault. The 2017 red uses the same high-quality fruit from selected old Swartland bushvines as the first vintage, but this one has a slightly deeper fruit profile thanks to a small proportion of Tinta Barocca - that Portuguese interloper on to the South African wine scene which the likes of Adi, Eben Sadie and Marelise Niemann use to such impressive effect. Joyous juice with more than a hint of Swartland swagger.

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Red - 14%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Cinsault


Chateau Gelineau, Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2015

That touch of Pauillac, that fragrance of Margaux, that charm of St Emilion... ah, yes, I remember it well! Good Bordeaux at this price is as rare as a hen harrier sighting. We’ve not found better at this price for many years. It also happens to come from the excellent 2015 vintage, which can help propel a comparatively modest Bordeaux to heights of a more expensive wine. Our friend in Bordeaux who works with a few Chateaux and is not supposed to favour any particular one, did say, ‘Ah, nice choice – it’s a bit of a secret’. Very good with roasts.

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Red - 13%
France - Bordeaux
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,malbec,merlot


Rioja Vinedos Ruiz Jimenez Garnacha 2016 (Organic)

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Red - Organic
Spain - Rioja




Corbieres, Chateau de Durfort 2015

SUPER SPECIAL MONEY WEEK WINE CLUB PRICE FOR MARCH 'I remember buying the 2010 vintage of this wine back in 2012 and it was almost identical to this 2015 vintage in richness, gloss and length. The flavour defies belief not least because it is made from Syrah and Grenache but it looks more like a swaggering claret than it does an earthy Corbières. Polished, densely fruity and nicely seasoned with French oak, this is a simply brilliant wine and an epic match with roast lamb or beef.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 14%
France - Languedoc
Grape: Grenache,shiraz



Cotes du Rhone Prieure, Chateau Gigognan 2017 (Organic)

SPECIAL MONEY WEEK WINE CLUB PRICE FOR MARCH 'This powerful Rhône lacks something found in most – tannin. It is rather oddly missing, which is great news. Youthful, vibrant and stuffed with plum and mulberry fruit, there is a decent lick of acidity here which brings tension to the finish, but there is no austerity, dryness, astringency or oakiness. This makes Vignes du Prieuré a goddess in the glass with no hard edges and I would drink it with duck or venison for a beautiful combination. It’s worth pointing out it is indecently well-priced, too.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 14.5% - Organic
France - Rhone



Bourgogne Grande Reserve Pinot Noir Domaine de Mauperthuis 2016

Exceptional. I can’t get over how hedonistic this is. Extraordinary nose. Cherry. No filtration in this vintage so good body and chewiness. Good length. Pinot Noir from Burgundy of this quality at this price is so rare. It's joyful and full, and classy, with a lovely hint of oak. It comes from vineyards that were famous in the 19th century that were forgotting and have now been re-planted.

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Red - 13% - Organic
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir




Rosso No.1 Tenuta Tobia 2014

From terroir only 15km south of Brunello di Montalcino. Toby Owen has been mentored by top Brunello producer San Polino, and he works with another top producer. He's learned all the secrets and makes beautiful silky, smooth red wine. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese.

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot,sangiovese


Spatburgunder Weiler Schlipf Weingut Claus Schneider Baden 2015

Look at the pricing of your average village-level Burgundy from a respectable domaine. You will be required to spend £20 upwards, often closer to £30. You could do that, but you could give this wine a go instead. I can almost guarantee that you will never look back. Considering the lush Pinot character - effortless smoky summer fruits and gamey, orangepeel and sandalwood notes - the beautiful balance and opulent texture this wine offers, frankly, it's a steal. 2015 was an especially warm year in Baden producing beautifully ripe fruit. This has translated to a an entry-level wine that is open and generous but easily capable of ageing too. Johannes told us he recently opened a bottle from 2008 that was drinking perfectly. This really is freakishly good-value. However many bottles you buy of this wine, it will be too few.

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Red - 13.5%
Germany - Baden
Grape: Pinot noir


Yantra Tenuta Sette Cieli 2016

One of Decanter's Top "25 Under £25" this year, Yantra is the bottling from the most exciting newcomer in Tuscan winemaking, Tenuta Sette Cieli. A merlot/cabernet blend with bundles of sweet cassis, dry herbs and spice, it would cause the heavens to be riv’n with angels singing whether drunk with takeaway pizza on an anonymous Wednesday night or poured at a swish Chrimbo dinner complete with Fortnums crackers. Yantra is made for drinking young but two to four years of ageing would do the wine no harm at all.

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot


Bourgogne Roncevie, Domaine Arlaud 2013

From a vineyard that was classified as Gevrey-Chambertin until 1964, this is an elegant Pinot form a top producer. Domaine Arlaud is a 15ha estate with four Grand Cru sites to its name. Finesse and purity of fruit from 50-year-old vines.

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Red - 12.5%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


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Mercurey Vieilles Vignes, Chateau du Santenay 2016

touch of oak. It is hugely enjoyable. The moment I lifted it to my nose it was full of joy. It's no surprise it came top of Best Value Burgundy Tasting in Decanter. It totally delivers. Lots of Burgundy is quiet and needs time but this is perfect for serving now, although this will keep improving over 3 - 5 years. With dinner parties and when you need something gorgeous and grand but not at a grand price, this is perfect.

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Red - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2017

"It has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed rose petals, hints of orange peel and minerals. This is much more detailed and classic in style than previous vintages... This is a very impressive wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2,057 barrels of wine. Bravo." - Neal Martin - Vinous.com

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Red
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,cinsault,grenache,syrah,viognier


Keermont Merlot 2015

The Keermont Merlot 2015 uses only the best estate Merlot fruit from vineyard parcels between 250m and 400m above sea level in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. The wine then spends 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak before being bottled by hand.

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Red - 14.5%
South africa - Stellenbosch
Grape: Merlot


Valpolicella Ripasso Monte Santoccio Nicola Ferrari 2016

Or should that be Saint Nicola? Do you see what we did there? Ahaha haha ha... ah... hee... hey. Aherk herm. Sorry about that. Nicola Ferrari possibly warrants sainthood, though, for his transcendentally delicious Valpols, Ripassos and Amarones. Elegant, perfumed, with silky strawberry and cherry liqueur fruit and savoury, earthy notes, and a hint of that magical aroma of fine Amarone, this is a wine for your most luxurious dinner parties. Nicola describes the 2016 Ripasso as his best yet. Take heed.

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Red - 14% - Organic
Italy - Veneto
Grape: Corvina,rondinella,molinara,corvinone


Chorey-les-Beaune 'Les Bons Ores', Maratray-Dubreuil 2016

For some of us, there can be no Christmas without a good drop of Burgundy. We would simply deny its reality. Here at Swig we put a lot of effort into choosing the right one for our Christmas list. It’s not just about choosing a great wine, it’s about choosing a great wine that represents fantastic, siren-wailingly good value. Thanks to the great vintage conditions in this under-appreciated appellation, this is one the best-value wines in Burgundy, a true Holy Grail wine. Given its increasingly insane pricing, red Burgundy is not something we often recommend. For the Maratray-Dubreuil Les Bons Ores 2016, we make an exception.

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Red - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


Maison Blanche Montagne St Emilion 2014

After much research and tasting we’ve found this astonishingly classy Bordeaux from the hills overlooking St Emilion and Pomerol. We love its classical flavour of pencil lead, cedar and black fruits. There is something a bit like a Medoc wine that comes from the Cabernet Franc in the blend with Merlot (like Cheval Blanc) but also undeniably charming and drinkable as St Emilion should be. Being organic makes it even better. It tastes so pure. A really good Christmas day drop.

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Red - 13% - Organic
France - Bordeaux


Barbera d'Alba 'Vigna Pozzo' Renato Corino 2016

In this Barbera there is beauty and generosity. It lights up your palate in the way that Renato’s smile lights up a room. It's known by his importers around the world as the best value wine from his cellar and it's always the first to disappear. It can impress just as well as any Barolo.

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Red - 14.5%
Italy - Piedmont
Grape: Barbera


Il Piccolo Vinding Montecarrubo 2017

Made by the wine legend Peter Vinding Diers, who was mentor to Peter Sisseck of Pingus, and Jacques Thienpoint of Le Pin. He also founded the Royal Tokaji Wine Company. From Syrah, we think he is making one of Sicily's very best red wines. Gorgeous, ripe, smooth, with lovely Syrah notes, but a unique and wonderful expression.

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Red - 14% - Organic
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Syrah


Blank Bottle BIG Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

"You expect to find wacky stuff going on at a tasting like this, but The B.I.G from Pieter Walser takes the biscuit … Crazy? Yes. Delicious? Yes. It’s structured and tannic but with an appealing smash of ripe red and black fruit and some tobacco and tomato leaf notes too. Notorious." Chris Wilson, The Buyer, tasting at New Wave 2017

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Red - 14.5%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon


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Savage Red Blend 2016

81% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 8% Cinsault, carefully selected "with love" from vineyards at altitude and with close to the coast. A 94-pointer for both Greg Sherwood MW and Christian Eedes. Sherwood describes it as “the most classically proportioned of all the Savage reds”, with a “beautifully complex nose of perfumed dried roses, black berry fruits, grilled herbs, cured meats, garrigue, fynbos and dusty granitic minerality”. Pretty much on the money, we think. The palate is full with fine tannin, soft spices and juicy cranberry and strawberry along with hints of dark berry fruits. For a slightly alternative Christmas meal, you might try pairing this with slow-cooked beef brisket with star anise and chilli. Yummm – with three ems.

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Red - 13.5%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cinsault,grenache,syrah


Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie Canon Fronsac 2009

Until Pomerol became famous, many of the wines of Canon-Fronsac, which is just to the west, used to sell for more. This is a good example of why. It is extraordinarily delicious, deep, rich, and fabulously mature. This is glorious wine to settle down into with a grand meal. Now that the sheen has gone from some of the famous names of Bordeaux that have been very overpriced, this is where to park you money. And it’s a 2009, to boot! Absolutely scrumptious.

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Red - 14% - Organic
France - Bordeaux


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