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    Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France

    Don’t buy cheap Châteauneuf, this is far, far better Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France (£11 ...

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    Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy

    Bit confused by this wine – some sips I liked it more than others… Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy (£11 ...

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      Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

      Drinking Outside The Box - - 7 readers - Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s) Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+ Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.

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      Domaine Romy Beaujolais 2013, Burgundy, France

      …Didn’t expect much from looking at the bottle, but was pleasantly surprised by what was inside Domaine Romy Beaujolais 2013, Burgundy, France (£9.99 Majestic) Combines something of the spice of the Rhône with the soft, gentle Pinot-like fruit of Burgundy – cherries, mulberries and so on. Perky sausage-friendly wine that demands to be guzzled. S…

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      Plaimont Producteurs Les Vignes Retrouvées Saint Mont Blanc 2012, South West France

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      …Bit confused by this wine – some sips I liked it more than others… Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy (£11.49 Morrisons) Plus points: I really like the supple woody cherry flavour, notes of herbs and tea, and the light edge of volatility that lifts the flavours rather than murders them, and adds in a note of old school desk…

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      Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang du Pais 2013, South West France

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      Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy

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      Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany

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      Les Eminades ‘Montmajou’ St Chinian Blanc 2012, Languedoc, France

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      …Not from anywhere near the sea, but this had that bracing briny edge found in coastal wines like Muscadet, Vinho Verde and Rías Baixas Laurenz V und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2013, Lower Austria (~£14) Young, taut and fresh initially, with citrus and green apple to the fore, a breezy saline minerally note (pumice) and a touch of herbs. Opens…

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