Wines of the week: Saint Aubin Rouge Premier Cru Sentier du Clou, Domaine Henri Prudhon, 2007; Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia, 2006; Nero D'Avola Corte Ibla Sicilia, 2007
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 29 January 2012
Saint Aubin Rouge Premier Cru Sentier du Clou, Domaine Henri Prudhon, 2007
Three bargains to be snapped up in the January sales and the first is a rarity on two fronts: good affordable Burgundy from a company which is pegging or reducing prices across the board this year. This is a medium-bodied, slightly perfumed, well-structured wine that exhibits all the sophistication and restraint to be expected from a respected producer. Buy at the offer price before the end of the month, but save for drinking until spring. £12.95 (normally £14.95; until Tuesday), thewinesociety.com
Rioja Reserva Dos Maderas, Beronia, 2006
There is a lot of average discounted Rioja around, but this is one of the best: complex, elegant and satisfying. From the Rioja Alta, it is aged in barrels made from American and French oak, resulting in cinnamon and clove aromas, intense flavours of sweet fruits, touches of leather and tobacco and a lovely, smooth mouthfeel. £9.99 (each for two if bought as part of a minimum six-bottle purchase; reduced from £13.99), majestic.co.uk
Nero D'Avola Corte Ibla Sicilia, 2007
Nip to M&S today and you should still find a bottle or two of this on discount. Full-bodied and rich, with powerful flavours of autumn fruits and liquorice that showcase both Sicily's native grape and the increasing sophistication of the island's wine-making. Great with any robust Italian foods, such as baked pasta or a meaty casserole. £9.99 (normally £11.99; offer ends today), M&S
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