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BE2091 BE2091 The Brother Sean 2018 Belgian Stout, Anspach & Hobday, London 9% 750ml

Brewed with Saison yeast: sensational complexity. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 15th Mar 2020 )

£8.95
RH51191 RH51191 Côtes-du-Rhône, Château Courac 2015

A toss-up between this and the widely available Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone as my favourite budget wine from this region. It’s all ripe strawberries and mellow spices. As you can see from the vintage, it ages beautifully too. Where else can you get a sub £9 mature Rhone of this quality? - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£8.95
AU21961 AU21961 Billi Billi Grampians Shiraz 2017

Head buyer at The Wine Society, Pierre Mansour, once described this as a sort of Australian Rioja. And I can see what he means, it majors on American oak without ever overwhelming the raspberry and bramble fruit. It’s a good one to give to people who think they don’t like Australian wine. Its big brother, the Exhibition Victorian Shiraz, is a total steal, by the way.  - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
AR4151 AR4151 Weinert Carrascal Corte Clásico Mendoza 2015

My friend refers to this as the funky Mendoza and in some vintages, blimey is it funky. A blend of malbec, cabernet and merlot aged in large old oak barrels until it’s mellow and good. A world away from most Argentine wines, it’s more like old school Rioja or Chateau Musar. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£10.95
AR4131 AR4131 Weinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

... always excellent, a bit more refined than [Weinert's] Carrascal but still unashamedly old fashioned. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£13.95
SP15201 SP15201 The Society's Rioja Crianza 2016

Rioja seems to be something of a theme here. I’ve compared two wines to Rioja and now here’s the real thing. This is for those who like  the old fashioned style like Tondonia, but are on a budget. Made by Bodegas Palacio it's all about the American oak but they haven’t stinted on the fruit either. Also check out the Urbina range (crianza and gran reserva) if you like mature Rioja, the wines are absurdly undervalued. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£7.95
SP14191 SP14191 Urbina Crianza, Rioja 2011

Check out the Urbina range (crianza and gran reserva) if you like mature Rioja, the wines are absurdly undervalued. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£10.95
FC38021 FC38021 Pinot Noir, Puy de Dôme, Cave Saint-Verny 2018

Cheap pinots seem to fall into two categories, the insipid and the jammy. Somehow this wine from the Auvergne (which I always have to google, it’s nearly in the middle of France just to west of Lyon) manages to be neither. It’s a bit rustic and stalky with masses of dark cherry fruit. Not elegant but always delicious. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£9.50
SP14781 SP14781 Salvaje del Moncayo Garnacha 2017

Garnacha (grenache in French) at its best, like here, comes across like a sort of boozy pinot noir. It’s light in colour, fragrant, delightfully drinkable, and good chilled. I always have a few bottles in the house as it’s so versatile. Just watch out as it’s much stronger than it tastes. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
LO14081 LO14081 Saumur ‘Les Plantagenêts' Cabernet Franc 2017

Cabernet franc from the Loire is one of my all time favourite wines. It’s that slatey refreshing edge that makes it so addictive. Forget about wine and food matching, just get a load of this in, chill if slightly and it will go with pretty much anything. - Henry Jeffreys

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£7.95
LO14431A LO14431A Saumur Champigny Tradition Clos des Cordeliers, Domaine Ratron 2016

If you get a taste for cabernet franc, this Saumur Champigny is worth trading up to. - Henry Jeffreys 

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£11.95
PW7871 PW7871 Carlos Lucas Ribeiro Santo, Dão 2018

Dão makes some of Portugal’s most distinctive reds (you can read something I wrote on the region here). This is a great example, combining ripe plummy fruit, quite grippy tannins (this is not a Netflix and chill sort of wine) and a floral herbaceous quality. It’s a serious wine at a silly price. - Henry Jeffreys 

( Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
PW7521 PW7521 Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho, Vinho Verde 2018

Here's a delicate wine but with a good presence. It has a core of pear fruit, some apricot and spice notes and an attractive mineral undercurrent that keeps on going after you've swallowed the wine. It's vital and almost electric. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 15th Mar 2020 )

£12.95
RH50541 RH50541 Vacqueyras ‘Arabesque', Domaine de Montvac 2016

For the traditional Mediterranean lamb roasted with plentiful garlic and rosemary – but also pretty good with meals based around roasted or grilled aubergine. This southern Rhône red is spicy, herby, succulent yet beautifully poised. - David Williams

( The Observer 15th Mar 2020 )

£14.95
RH54291 RH54291 Côtes-du-Rhône, Domaine Jaume 2018

Best 50 wines under £10: Made on a family-run vineyard, this is textbook Côtes-du-Rhône – proper wine that tastes almost like Vacqueyras. The blend is 70 per cent grenache, 20pc syrah and 10pc mourvèdre. It’s drinking beautifully now but will probably age well for a few years too. One to drink all spring and summer and winter too. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£8.25
PW7991 PW7991 Crasto, Douro 2018

Best 50 wines under £10: Rising prices mean that The Wine Society is now the only place you can find this perennial star for less than £10. A polished but juicy red, made in the port-growing Douro Valley from a mixture of local grapes, it has the structure of a claret but (for the price) more intensity of fruit. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
FC36941 FC36941 Marcillac ‘Lo Sang del Pais', Domaine du Cros 2018

Best 50 wines under £10: Marcillac is a tangy, light-bodied red grape grown in the south-west corner of France. Its wines taste slightly bloody – of iron – and in a warm year like 2018 they are extra-juicy too. I love this with steak-frites or aligot and duck or cassoulet or roast pork – it really cuts across the fat. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£8.95
FC37541 FC37541 Minervois, Plaisir d'Eulalie, Château Sainte-Eulalie 2018

Best 50 wines under £10: This wine opens up before you like a vast cavern and is redolent of the warm south, breathing dried sage and thyme and lavender with a hint of chocolate powder. An unoaked mixture of grenache, syrah and carignan, made to the east of the medieval town of Carcassonne. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
IT28671 IT28671 Grillo Sicilia Isola della Fiamma, Cantine Rallo 2019

Best 50 wines under £10: The grillo grape has an uncanny ability to make vibrant wine even in a hot climate, which makes it perfectly suited to Sicily. This is slightly glossy and “mattressy”, says my fellow-taster, referring to the feel of it. Flavour-wise, think yellow plums, yellow peach and griddled pineapple. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£6.50
LO13831 LO13831 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Comte Leloup du Château de Chasseloir, Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires 2014

Best 50 wines under £10: Amongst muscadet aficionados, aged muscadet is A Thing and this one is fantastic – nebulous, saline, reminiscent of cloud over grey sea and demanding razor clams or a bowl of mussels. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
NZ11171 NZ11171 Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Chardonnay 2018

Best 50 wines under £10: Just as we went to press this came off a £2-off deal. It’s still brilliant at full price – just not under £10 ... Effectively the diffusion line from chardonnay star Kumeu River, it has pleasing weight and vibrancy with bright delineation. Superb. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£10.95
NZ11461 NZ11461 Zephyr 6 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Best 50 wines under £10: Winemaker Ben Glover made sauvignon blanc for Wither Hills, the huge brand, but Zephyr 6 is his own project. This is compact and taut, not at all showy or shouty, with great drive and focus. Think elderflower, citrus, blackcurrant leaf and lemongrass. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£9.50
AU22341 AU22341 Bleasdale The Wild Pear 2019

Best 50 wines under £10: A smooth, clean drink-anytime white. The name is obviously suggestive but it does taste a bit like the crisp white flesh of an Asian pear. The verdelho comes from a block planted in 1930, while Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc brings a lemony note. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
IT27351 IT27351 Bardolino Le Fraghe 2018

Wine of the week: Sublime cherry-scented light red that’s blooming brilliant. About as delicious as a deft scented red can get. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 8th Mar 2020 )

£11.50
LO14781 LO14781 Cheverny, Domaine du Salvard 2018

A blend of sauvignon and chardonnay, this is pretty and floral with a soft texture to the passion fruit and melon fruity notes, countered by some delicate lemony lightness. There are also hints of something more serious and mineral, with a tingly finish. - Jamie Goode

( Sussex Express 8th Mar 2020 )

£9.50
RH53591 RH53591 Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l'Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018

If you imagine a peach and an apricot jumping into a summertime jacuzzi packed with lychees, that’s what this wine tastes like. - Olly Smith

( Unknown 7th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
GE12421 GE12421 Weissburgunder, Weingut Jülg 2018

Put a spring in your step with this juicy, yet dry, lemon zest-sparky weissburgunder.- Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Mar 2020 )

£10.95
AA2821 AA2821 Pepp Blauer Zweigelt, Weinviertel 2018

If you like pinot (and Beaujolais), you’ll like this juicy Austrian red. Enjoy with grilled chicken or schnitzel.- Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 7th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
AL13511 AL13511 Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2015

Sommerberg’s granite slopes give this racy grand cru riesling an extra floral, yellow-plum spin. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Mar 2020 )

£47.00
AU21271 AU21271 Tolpuddle Tasmanian Chardonnay 2016

Crisp and flinty, almost Chablis-like in style with green apple notes and a minerally finish … expensive, perfectly made and will age well. The kind of wine to pour for knowledgeable wine friends to show how the world of wine is changing. - Christine Austin

( Yorkshire Post 7th Mar 2020 )

£42.00
AU21871 AU21871 Tolpuddle Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017

Made with 50% whole bunch grapes, has a bright fresh perfume with intense depth of fruit, balanced by clean zip of freshness and a long finish … expensive, perfectly made and will age well. The kind of wine to pour for knowledgeable wine friends to show how the world of wine is changing. - Christine Austin

( Yorkshire Post 7th Mar 2020 )

£52.00
BJ7981 BJ7981 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2018

A bright and very true Beaujolais made from the fruit of old vines – think summer pudding with a tremble of graphite. Don’t wait for summer: chill it and enjoy it now with a chicken casserole. - Victoria Moore 

( The Daily Telegraph 7th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
FC37421 FC37421 The Society's Corbières 2017

A wealth of hedgerow berries and damsons with a touch of soft oak. - Panel Tasting

( Decanter 4th Mar 2020 )

£8.50
FC38191 FC38191 Corbières Grande Cuvée, Castelmaure 2016

Mentioned as stockist. - Panel Tasting

( Decanter 4th Mar 2020 )

£14.50
IT26681 IT26681 Pecorino Abruzzo, Contesa 2018

Lively bitter lemon and grapefruit flavours with very juicy bright acidity and a salty savoury finish. A bit more personality than most large-scale co-operative pecorinos. - Susan Hulme

( Decanter 4th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
RH53591 RH53591 Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l'Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018

A rich, fragrant white from the Rhône Valley that’s versatile and food friendly, if you want to bring out the heady aromas of apricots, peach and honeysuckle, serve this full-bodied beauty with whipped mash potatoes, creamed leeks or a classic vichyssoise (leak and potato soup). The roundness, gentle acidity and aromatics seems to work like a dream – essentially matching creamy notes with cream. - Sam Wylie Harris

( The Press Association 4th Mar 2020 )

£9.95
BW6481 BW6481 Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2018

100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, with outstanding aromatic intensity. Dry, fresh, balanced and elegant. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 2nd Mar 2020 )

£8.50
CB5181A CB5181A Château Pey La Tour Réserve, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

This is a model of a great wine, far beyond its appellation status … Benchmark red Bordeaux. Black fruit, subtle, spicy backbone and fine tannins. Top quality. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 2nd Mar 2020 )

£11.50
IT26661 IT26661 The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2015

[Matching a recipe for hogget stew with rye berries and spring vegetables, herby potato salad and wild garlic gremolata] With hogget you need something rich in fruit, light in structure and classy. This hits all the buttons and is great value to boot. It's rich enough to match the lamb, Italian enough to cope with the garlic, yet light enough not to overpower the delicate herby flavours.

( The Simple Things 1st Mar 2020 )

£8.50
NZ11171 NZ11171 Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Chardonnay 2018

New Zealand makes some fabulous chardonnay, but it lives in the shadow of sauvignon, the grape Kiwis are best known for. This is fresh with plenty of flavour, showing pear, white peach and honey with some mineral hints. It's precise and stony. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 1st Mar 2020 )

£10.95
AU10522A AU10522A Half bottle of Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, 12 Years Old

[Matching a recipe for rhubarb jelly and custard] The rhubarb's sharpness is cushioned by the custard - a great combo. This dessert wine is sweet and rich, so won't be dominated by the jelly's tartness, while the honeyed side of this wine adds to the texture, making for a wonderful melding of textures in the mouth.

( The Simple Things 1st Mar 2020 )

£17.00
BU72711 BU72711 Domaine Gonon, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2018

A bright, fruity chardonnay from Burgundy, this has great balance and an attractive lemony finish. It has a nice flow on the palate, from ripe peach through to a thin line of acidity. - Jamie Goode.

( Sunday Express 1st Mar 2020 )

£10.95
BW6481 BW6481 Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2018

[Matching a recipe for pea & feta whip open sandwich with radish and watercress] Sauvignon blanc is a classic match with goat's cheese and, alongside its grassiness and gooseberriness, drier versions have a whiff of freshly-shelled peas too. It's just the ticket to match the freshness of radish and watercress, but also a good foil to the salty feta.

( The Simple Things 1st Mar 2020 )

£8.50
BU70801 BU70801 Domaine Cordier, Mâcon Milly Clos du Four 2017

… mineral, lemony and has some lighter oak touches, so falls somewhere between the Pouilly-Fuissé and the Saint Veran. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 29th Feb 2020 )

£14.95
BU72711 BU72711 Domaine Gonon, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2018

This is unoaked, has plenty of body on the palate, with distinct flavours of baked apples and a touch of sweet, honeyed spice, but very dry. A lovely wine with simple baked or grilled fish. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 29th Feb 2020 )

£10.95
BU72711 BU72711 Domaine Gonon, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2018

Affordable white burgundy is hard to come by but this gently creamy, apple-tinged example is very good. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 29th Feb 2020 )

£10.95
RH53591 RH53591 Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l'Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018

... ripe, zesty and exceptionally elegant ... Pronounced apricot and stone fruit flavours mingle pleasantly with honey and subtle spices in this delightfully dry French white which will go wonderfully well with seafood, poultry or salads. - Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 29th Feb 2020 )

£9.95
AA2871 AA2871 Ebner-Ebenauer Alte Reben St Laurent, Weinviertel 2015

Light raspberry notes, soft, silky, rounded, spicy elegant example of 60-year-old St Laurent vines from heavy loam soil. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 29th Feb 2020 )

£20.00
GE12421 GE12421 Weissburgunder, Weingut Jülg 2018

This classic pinot blanc, with its supple but zippy floral, orchard -fruit and citrus flavours, is made from grapes grown in Alsace. But the wine is made over the border in Germany - hence the German name Weissburgunder for the grape, instead of pinot blanc. Ideal as an aperitif or with a quick, light pasta, fish or chicken dish. - Joanna Simon

( Platinum 26th Feb 2020 )

£10.95
RH53881 RH53881 Grignan-les-Adhémar, Delas 2018

This is a big, weighty, spicy wine that's packed with black cherries, currants and whiff of white pepper. Great for roasted red meats and hearty cheeses, this is one of the best entry-level Rhônes I've had in a long time. - Giles Luckett

( Lynn News 25th Feb 2020 )

£8.50

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