Under a fiver: 2005 Sainsbury's Old Vines Tempranillo

A vibrant, youthful, compôte of berry fruits made from old tempranillo vines, with a nip of acidity to help wash down meats char-grilled on the barbecue. £3.49, Sainsbury's

Under a tenner: 2004 Santenay Vieilles Vignes, Lucien Muzard

This Côte de Beaune from the village of Santenay is an admirable pinot noir with a touch of oak, ripe, aromatic and weighty cherry fruit, plus silky smooth tannins. £9.99, Majestic

Splash out: 2001 La Parde de Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

The reputation of Château Haut Bailly grows with each new vintage. Its finely crafted second wine charms with a succulent cherry fruitiness. £16.50, Berry Bros & Rudd, (0870 900 4300)