Under a Fiver

2007 Domaine Py Merlot
This grape variety doesn't always work in the vineyards of Languedoc, but this bright, blackcurranty merlot makes the ideal, approachable everyday red.
Buy 2 = £4.99 each, Majestic, until 27 Oct, list price £5.99

Under a Tenner

2005 Three Halves

Cape chenin blanc meister Ken Forrester is in Gigondas mode here, creating a powerful southern Rhône-style blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre, whose smooth tannins hint at the game reserve.
£7.30, from £10.99, Waitrose, until 28 Sept

Splash Out

2005 Felton Road Chardonnay
An opulent NZ chardonnay whose meursault-like fruit richness contains just a bit more tropical fruit vitality than its burgundian alterego.
Around £19, Lea and Sandeman (020-7244 0522), Les Caves De Pyrène (01483 554750)

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