Wines of the week: Dry Fino Sherry, Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011, Château Sénéjac 2009

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

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It’s getting too late to order your Christmas Day wines online, but here are some high-street offers…

An aperitif…

Dry Fino Sherry

Stunning value from historic house Williams & Humbert in Jerez. Bone-dry, yeasty, lemony with layers of flavour. Forget pricey champagne and savour ice-cold with pre-Christmas lunch nibbles of olives, almonds or smoked-fish canapés. £6.99, Marks & Spencer

A white for fish or white meat...

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour 2011

From west of the Rhône, but a top-notch Burgundy in all but name and price. Complex, with typical ripe, buttery, toasty-fruit flavour, and just the right tinge of crisp apple acidity. Perfect with fish or shellfish and easily full-bodied enough for roast chicken or pork. £9.99 (each for two bottles as part of a purchase of six mixed bottles),

A red for turkey and red meat...

Château Sénéjac 2009

Great claret by a reputable château from a terrific vintage is almost impossible to find at under £20, so the discount makes this great value: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot deliver smoky, concentrated flavours of herbs, black fruits and coffee. Keep a glass for the cheese and another bottle for next year. £13.99 (to 3 January; normally £16.99), larger Co-op stores