Domaine St Julien Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc ( pounds 3.59, Co-op). Claret-
like fruitiness with a smoky touch of oak make this juicy southern red something of a bargain.
Tesco Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon ( pounds 3.99). Plenty of rich, almost chocolatey sweetness cocoons this Chilean red, with its typically grassy, cabernet character.
1990 Barbera d'Asti Cantine Gemma ( pounds 4.49, Asda). A distinctive nose reminiscent of tea-leaves and the spicy aromas of gingerbread, with supple fruitiness.
Stratford California Pinot Noir ( pounds 4.89, Victoria Wine Shops). Pinot noir with the sweet raspberry fruit.
1988 Conde de Valdemar Rioja Crianza, Martinez-Bujanda, ( pounds 4.99, Wine Rack, Bottoms Up). A lovely strawberryish rioja with the characteristic oak touch of vanilla.
1990 Crozes-Hermitage, Cave des Clairmonts ( pounds 5.75, Waitrose). Hugely aromatic, fabulously juicy syrah with typical northern Rhone pepper and blackberry.
1989 Chateau Vieux-Bonneau, Montagne St Emilion ( pounds 5.75, Fullers). This St Emilion satellite red is good old-fashioned merlot with lots of sweetly ripe fruit and an earthy, rustic character.
1991 Backsberg Chardonnay ( pounds 5.99, Majestic Wine Warehouses; Cellar 5). With a touch of vanilla and spice from new oak, a fresh, full-flavoured, chardonnay made by Michael Back from South Africa.
1992 Franciscan Monterey Chardonnay ( pounds 5.99, Oddbins). Ripe, peachy, California chardonnay.
1990 Chateau Beaumont, Haut-Medoc (reduced to pounds 5.95, Sainsbury's). Medium-bodied claret, well made with sweet, almost chocolatey aromas.
1987 Beaune Domaine Latour, Louis Latour ( pounds 9.99, Majestic Wine Warehouses). There are few good red burgundies under pounds 10, but this mature, gamey pinot noir is an exception.
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