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White 1997 Savenniÿres Château Varennes, Château de Fesles, £7.99, selected Unwins

White 1997 Savenniÿres Château Varennes, Château de Fesles, £7.99, selected Unwins

The chenin blanc grape of the Loire Valley is at its best in Vouvray and the lesser-known appellation of Savenniÿres, where it makes rich, long-lived, bone-dry white wines.

From Château de Fesles, one of the best producers in the Anjou region, this is a classic example of chenin, both honeyed and rich but elegantly dry, with undertones of angelica spice and a lemon and grapefruit-like zestiness.

Red1997 Bright Brothers TFN Douro, £6.99, selected Tesco stores

This is a blend of the two premium port grapes of the Douro Valley, touriga francesa and touriga nacional, made at Quinta des Frades by Australian Peter Bright, a man who has championed Portugal's grape varieties since going native over a decade ago.

There's plenty of smoky, vanilla oak here infusing the powerful jam and damson fruitiness with an extra dimension of spice and a good smoothness of texture.

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