The 1993 Domaine des Salices, vin de pays d'Oc, pounds 3.99, Thresher, Wine Rack, Bottoms Up, Safeway, is a green-bean-like southern French sauvignon blanc. Chardonnay addicts should try the 1992 Somerfield White Burgundy, G Desire, pounds 4.99, Somerfield/Gateway. Awarded a gold medal in the company of more exalted white burgundies at the International Wine Challenge, it is nicely balanced, with surprising finesse.
A 'deal' from an overstocked Cahors estate, the tarry, herby 1990 Cahors, Domaine de Guingal, pounds 2.99, Majestic, is a good buy; for just 50p more, Asda's 1993 Chilean Merlot, pounds 3.49, offers mint and more blackcurrant fruitiness than most clarets at the price. For Australia's Rhone- style reds, try the juicy, peppery 1992 Rosemount Estate Shiraz, pounds 4.59, Sainsbury's. From Rex Hill in Oregon, the raspberry-fruity 1992 King's Ridge Pinot Noir, pounds 5.99, Oddbins, is as good a new world response to red burgundy as you will find for under pounds 6.Reuse content