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9:04am Monday 20th February 2012 in Wine
Blason Montagny 2008, £8.03, Sainsbury's
Although prices can be a big put-off there are not many whites that can match the subtle taste of a well-made Burgundy.
They've clearly tried to pare down the cost of this one literally penny by penny to end up 3p over the £8 mark – but it's worth it.
Oldish Chardonnay vines in the soil of Montagny add a hint of steel to flavours of apple and pears with a little oak and spice.
A good example of a classic that's affordable.
Errazuriz Merlot 2010, £8.99, Sainsbury's
I've had a soft spot for Errazuriz ever since my backpacking daughter was given a VIP vineyard tour when she called in at the historic estate in Chile 15 years ago.
But there are more than sentimental reasons why 'Chilean Merlot' have become the bywords for good value red wine. This varietal is smooth but rich in blackberry and cassis, 13.5% alcohol and superb to drink on its own or with all kinds of main courses.