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2004 Domaine Les Escasses; 2003 Yering Frog Pinot Noir; 2002 Emotion de Terroirs
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Under a fiver: 2004 Domaine Les Escasses, £4.99, Corney & Barrow, London W11 (020-7221 5122)

Under a fiver: 2004 Domaine Les Escasses, £4.99, Corney & Barrow, London W11 (020-7221 5122)

This crisp and juicy Gascon blend of colombard and ugni blanc from the go-ahead Plaimont Co-operative has a refreshingly grassy, sauvignon-like snap. Who says posh wine merchants can't do great value?

Under a tenner: 2003 Yering Frog Pinot Noir, £6.99, or buy two for £5.99 each (until 2 May), Majestic Wine Warehouses

An offspin from Yering Station in Victoria's pinot noir capital, the Yarra Valley, this is a juicy, soft, cherryish pinot noir. It's worth snapping up a few bottles of this as your house red.

Splash out: 2002 Emotion de Terroirs, Vincent Girardin, £12.49, Oddbins

Never mind the slightly pretentious name, this pinot noir is an unpretentious, modern red burgundy whose bright plum and loganberry fruit richness is enhanced by a lightly spiced touch of oak and balancing fresh acidity.

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