The **Terret, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Lurton (pounds 3.39) will inject a change of flavour into your white wine drinking. Made from a grape that has traditionally been sunk into white plonk or vermouth, this is really characterful, with buttery, slightly smoky and savoury flavours. *1993 Oddbins White (pounds 3.49) is also excellent value, a very flavourful Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne, quite intensely lemony and honeyed. On a budget, *1993 Domaine Lannemaison, Cotes de Gascogne (pounds 2.99) is crisp, fresh and lemony-flowery, too. For Sancerre lovers, **1993 Touraine Sauvignon, Renaudie (pounds 4.99) is a lovely, inexpensive substitute. If Sauvignon is your tipple, you must try *****1993 Tim Knapstein Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc (pounds 8.49) - its incredibly concentrated flavour is very unusual for Australia. Other white treats are two excellent-value white Burgundies: ***1993 Saint-Veran Les Chailloux, Domaine des Deux Roches (pounds 6.99), with ripe, pineappley fruit and yeasty complexity, and the more weighty and intense ****1992 Vieilles Vignes, Domaine des Deux Roches (pounds 9.99).
Among the inexpensive reds, the *1993 Grenache Le Radical, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse (pounds 3.25) is deliciously tangy and super-fruity for summer drinking, as is the light and aromatic **1993 Veganueva Garnacha, Navarra (pounds 3.99). The **1993 Cotes de Ventoux, Le Radical (pounds 3.49) is richer and darker with some tannin and savoury, plummy flavours; and **1992 Domaine Villambert Julien, Cuvee Opera, Minervois (pounds 4.49) is dark, concentrated Syrah, with smoky and raspberry flavours. Other fine, affordable reds include the ripely damson-fruity **1992 Cariganissime de Centilles (pounds 4.99), the soft, rich, oaky **1990 Le Paysan, Cotes du Frontonnais (pounds 4.99) and a complex-flavoured ***1992 Costieres de Nmes, Chateau Paul Blanc (pounds 4.99). Stepping up the price, **1993 Catalyst III (pounds 5.99) from California is another good summer swigger, full of juicy fruit; and another Californain, ***1993 Bloody Good Red (pounds 5.99) is indeed bloody good, rich and plummy, with hints of almond and vanilla. Also yummy are the rich and soft, oaky ***1991 Domaine Villambert Julien, Minervois Cuvee Trianon (pounds 6.99), and ***1989 Chateau de France, Pessac-Leognan (pounds 7.99), very fruity claret that's absolutely at its peak now.
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