Under a Fiver: 2004 H de L'Hospitalet White, £4.99, Tesco
Reduced until 16 December from its £6.99 list price, a subtle touch of barrel-fermentation in Gérard Bertrand's ripe honeyed Mediterranean blend of chardonnay, viognier and sauvignon blanc adds spicy undertones and textured richness.
Under a Tenner: 2004 Château Complazens Syrah, £5.99 Majestic
Since winning a trophy in this year's Vin de Pays top 100 this has been re-packaged in smarter livery. The southern French red shows the tarry, smoky aromas and juicy, antiseptic flavours (if it sounds bad, it isn't) more often found in Crozes-Hermitage.
Splash Out: GH Martel Premier Cru Champagne, £11.99, Co-op
Down from £18.99 until 4 December and priced presumably to shift mature stocks (indicated by a cork that doesn't expand after popping), this is a rich, full-bodied champagne full of appley, yeasty flavours well worth taking advantage of while these stocks last.Reuse content