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Sunday 26 October 2014

The best festive wines

3. Blancs de Blancs Champagne A pure chardonnay-based champagne from Duval-Leroy, showing the rich honeyed aromas of the grape underpinned by toasty, rich flavours and an intensely creamy, biscuity mousse that's textured and appetizingly dry. Irresistible. Where: Sainsbury's, until 3 January How much: £13.99, reduced from £20.99
4. Tintos de Mar 2009 There's always room for taking on board a new grape variety so hands up who's come across caiño? I hadn't until I tasted this distinctive Atlantic coast red. It's spicy, peppery and cherryish with an earthy undertone and lively bite. Where: Caviste, caviste.co.uk How much: £29
50. 2010 Domaine Le Gouberts
More like high-flying Condrieu than humble Côtes du Rhône, this pure viognier from the Atlantic-cooled hills of Limoux is fragrantly floral with a creamy apricot fruitiness and the saving grace of vibrant zip. Where: Roberson, robersonwine.com How much: £14.50, £156 a case

From fine champagne to the perfect party plonk and a few cheeky spirits, Anthony Rose selects his festive favourites



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