The best supermarket wines for Christmas and New Year

Article date: 2 December 2012

Champagne & Sparkling wines

Tesco Finest Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

  • £9.99 (Tesco)
  • “gentle, easygoing fizz is delightfully sherbetty, frothy, uncomplicated fun… a very decent base for a Bellini” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Cuvée Royale Crémant de Limoux

  • £10.99 (Waitrose)
  • “very likeable alternative to champagne, refreshingly citrussy and crisp with a taste of lemon tart” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Mount Bluff Brut

2007 Laithwaites Theale Vineyard Chardonnay Berkshire, England

  • £31 (Laithwaites)
  • “This is all cream and lemon peel, typical of chardonnay, but also with toasted brioche and spice adding an admirable degree of complexity” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs,Champagne NV

  • £45 (Majestic)
  • “not a hair out of place in this seamless all-chardonnay fizz from a grand old champagne house” (read the review)
  • Buy online

White Wines

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

  • £6.99 (Sainbury’s)
  • “right mix of verdant leafiness, passion fruit and citrus at a very fair price” (read the review)

Tesco Finest Saint Mont

  • £6.99 (Tesco)
  • “ tangy tropical fruit and citrus (lemon, mandarin orange) that makes it a very versatile food match (white meat, fish, nutty hard cheese)” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Château de Montguéret 2011 Saumur Loire Valley

  • £7.99 (Marks & Spencer)
  • “Honey and beeswax give the impression of richness, before crunchy pear, grapefruit and razor-sharp acidity kick in” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Lefkes Moschofilero, Mantinia

  • £8.49 (Marks & Spencer)
  • “Its zesty lemon rind and white grapefruit flavours, subtle herbal notes and saline acidity provide the perfect squeezed lemon-like foil to smoked salmon” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Dr Loosen 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

  • £12.99 (Sainsbury’s)
  • “ A mere 7.5%, it is off-dry and has Mosel’s hallmarks of flowers and minerals” (read the review)

Marks & Spencer Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes 2010

  • £14.99 (Marks & Spencer)
  • “If you’re serving a bread sauce or a fruity stuffing… A classic choice would be a white French Burgundy” (read the review)

Simmonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru

  • £17.99 (Waitrose)
  • “this multiple award-winner, from a “premier cru” site, really delivers on what the trademark promises: mouthwatering steely-mineral acidity, intense apple and lemon fruit” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Red wines

Aldi Toro Loco Tempranillo, Utiel-Requena

  • £3.59 (Aldi)
  • “a very decent buy, its sweet cherry-berry character and simple juicy freshness making it a very useful standby for unexpected guests” (read the review)

Asda Extra Special Dão

Noster Nobilis la Perla del Priorat

  • £6.28 online (Asda)
  • “dried and fresh plum and a firm tannic backbone that will work well with the Boxing Day beef” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Domaine Les Yeuses ‘Les Epices’ Syrah

  • £7.49 each for 2 bottles (Majestic)
  • “this aptly named spicy, liquorice-scented syrah is one of the biggest bargains on the high street” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley

  • £9.99 each for 2 bottles (Majestic)
  • “a succulent red that knocks spots off many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California

Beronia Rioja Reserva, Spain 1994

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010

  • £14.99 (Majestic)
  • “Great wine for Christmas turkey…savoury richness…excellent complexity” (read the review)
  • Buy online

Joseph Drouhin Chorey-lès-Beaune, Burgundy

  • £15.99 (Waitrose)
  • “simply dances across the tongue leaving a trail of pure red fruit and gentle spice in its wake” (read the review)
  • Buy online

2009 Lacoste Borie Pauillac, Bordeaux

  • £19.99 (Tesco)
  • “an early-drinking, accessible style” (read the review)

Craggy Range Calvert Vineyard Pinot Noir

Port

Quinta de Cavadinha 1998

  • £30 (Marks & Spencer selected branches)
  • “fabulously smooth, velvety” (read the review)

Sherry

Taste the Difference 12yr Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry

  • £7.99 (Sainsbury’s)
  • “a cornucopia of Christmassy delights: nuts, black treacle, espresso, prunes and raisins” (read the review)

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