Wines of the week: Baron De Barbon Rioja Reserva 2008; Domaine André Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2013; Finca Flichman Malbec Rosé

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

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Sunday lunch

Baron De Barbon Rioja Reserva 2008

This is very much in the traditional mode of Rioja, as the old-fashioned label signifies:  a big, serious wine, with plenty of ageing potential, but also fine to drink now. Full-bodied, intense black fruits, with some decent spice and vanilla undertones from the oak ageing; a leg of lamb or big chicken paella would be in order. £12.99, laithwaites.co.uk

Midweek meal

Domaine André Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2013

A seriously good-value wine from a premium Rhône producer whose top-end wines command high prices, this is deceptively complex, with some lighter fruit flavours giving way to a dense mid-palate and a long, spicy finish. Worth pairing with a decent steak for a midweek treat.  £9.99, virginwines.co.uk

Bargain basement

Finca Flichman Malbec Rosé

Some rosés are pale, very dry  and herbal, but this is a very  New World-style rosé – just on the right side of dry, full-bodied and bursting with bright, ripe red fruits. While it would be fine with a big salad or fish soup, the best match for this would be to echo its colour and flavour with a bowl of seasonal British strawberries and cream. £7.99, waitrosecellar.com

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