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CB5181A CB5181A Château Pey La Tour Réserve, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

If you're looking for classic red Bordeaux at a decent price, mothing beats this for value. It's a luscious right-bank style where the accent is on merlot. Its dense blackcurrant fruit and hint of savoury spice on the nose make it a great partner for roast beef. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 20th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
CE10001 CE10001 The Society’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo 2017

… really ripe fruit makes a wine that genuinely tastes of the grape variety from which it was made. It is a perfect partner for rare roast beef. - Christopher Fielden

( Church Times 20th Dec 2019 )

£7.50
CH3911 CH3911 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

… just what you want of a top-quality champagne. Admittedly, it’s very classic. Complex and minutely woven, the elements having had more than 11 years on lees in bottle to knit together, this is creamy-textured and just ridiculously easy to enjoy … The wines that go into Blanc des Millénaires always go through full malolactic conversion, which perhaps adds to its creaminess. But it certainly doesn’t taste at all sweet. Presumably the top-quality sources of Chardonnay play a part in this ... already providing massive pleasure with great texture and persistence ... I would expect it to have many, many more years of life in it. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 20th Dec 2019 )

£145.00
CH3981 CH3981 Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut 2006

The Wine Society have been working with Alfred Gratien champagne for over a century, so it is no surprise that the supplier understands exactly what ticks boxes for The Society’s members – and delivers it handsomely in this example from the generous and very palatable 2006 vintage. Chardonnay dominates the complex 2006 Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne (£42 at The Wine Society and 12.5%) which has mellow lime fruit, zesty acidity, an excellent mousse and the type of brioche based complexity that typifies vintage champagne (and helps explain its higher price). - Brian Elliott

( midweekwines.co.uk 19th Dec 2019 )

£42.00
FC37641 FC37641 Fitou, Domaine Jones 2017

It is a deep plum-coloured red, fruity and rich, with welcoming aromas. It's very drinkable, and will go well with red meats or crumbly chunks of Bleu d'Auvergne and oaty crackers. - Jane Clare

( Birmingham Post 19th Dec 2019 )

£15.50
PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

… this wine has intense aromas of raisins, orange peel and spice and is fabulous with both Christmas cake and Christmas pudding … ridiculously inexpensive at £9.95. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 18th Dec 2019 )

£9.95
AU14211A AU14211A Bleasdale The Wise One Tawny Langhorne Creek

… a tawny Port look-alike … Rich and sweet, with lashings of dried fruit and a mocha finish, fortified to 18%. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 18th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Charles Heidsieck relentlessly win medals and trophies for its wines – it may not have the marketing clout of some of the most famous marques, but it punches well above its weight on quality. For this, its standard champagne, around half of the blend consists of reserve wines, the oldest of which date back to 1990. And you can see that in the wine itself. It is honeyed, rich and powerful, with biscuit and brioche notes combined with lemon curd. For the money, this is hard to beat and will satisfy and impress all your guests. - Matt Pym

( Calibre Magazine 18th Dec 2019 )

£45.00
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

Made for The Wine Society by East Sussex's ever-reliable Ridgeview - now run by the second generation - this zingy and racy wine has real gravitas and Grace Kelly sophistication. Loaded to the gills with lemon sherbet and red apple fruitiness, an impressive modicum of baker's shop richness and mouth-cleansing acidity, it also has both persistence and length. Works well with salmon, trout, crab, dim sum, eggs Benedict and fish and chips. Gloriously zesty, refreshing and not clamouring to be Champagne. - James Viner

( Times of Tunbridge Wells 18th Dec 2019 )

£23.00
SH552 SH552 Half bottle of Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Viejísimo 1/5

Much maligned and misunderstood, Sherry should be widely recognised as one of the world of wine’s greatest (and best value) styles. From bone dry to super-sweet, Sherry makes thrilling, evocative and unique wines that we should all drink far more regularly than just the odd bottle at Xmas! And this example shows just why. This is an excellent example of a rare Palo Cortado style, with an average age of over 40 years. Mature and deep yet extremely elegant and focused, a dry style, rounded and nutty on the palate, with a complex, fresh and endless finish. - Matt Pym

( Calibre Magazine 18th Dec 2019 )

£23.00
SG2201 SG2201 The Society's Prosecco

This fizz has a light and subtle aroma, with hints of apple and pear, a sharpness of flavour and a lingering aftertaste.

( Good Housekeeping 17th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
SH1042 SH1042 Half bottle of Salto al Cielo Estate Aged Pedro Ximenez

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: This stuff is a bit like a Christmas pudding in a glass so it’s definitely not a contrast in flavours. It is though dark, treacly and absolutely delicious. - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )

£65.00
CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: I have a fondness for the buttery loveliness of Gosset Grande Reserve Brut. - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )

£49.00
SA5881A SA5881A Nuy Red Muskadel

This pale red is sweet but not as luscious as Port. If you find port a little sickly-sweet try this. Alcohol levels are more restrained too with 17% as opposed to 20%. The wine is smooth with delicious red fruits and has some of that 'Christmas spice' character of tawny port. Delicious with any plum pudding or Christmas cake. - Colin Burbidge

( Lancashire Evening Post 16th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
SG1061 SG1061 The Society's Saumur Brut NV

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: I’m an enthusiastic member of The Wine Society and their Saumur Brut is a crisp, top-notch option.  - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
SP13151 SP13151 Garmón, Ribera del Duero 2015

Garmón is the latest project of the respected García family which owns Mauro in Castilla y León and San Román in Toro. Mariano García was the winemaker at Vega Sicilia for 30 years which is why this is already such a hugely impressive wine in just its second vintage. The vines are between 40 and 100 years old and found in the cooler, eastern part of the region. The style is modern Ribera – more red cherry than black, textured and ripe but with great finesse and fine register on the palate. You get a lovely whiff of incense on the nose and, as you would expect from Garcia, the oak ageing is sublime. - Peter Dean

( the-buyer.net 15th Dec 2019 )

£40.00
MA181 MA181 Henriques and Henriques Malvasia, 10 years old 50cl

Made from malvasia grapes, this sweet madeira has a deep mahogany hue and evocative aromas of dark fruit, walnut kernel and coffee. There is also an attractive raisin character; lovely with cheese. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 15th Dec 2019 )

£19.50
PN161 PN161 Graham's Tawny Port 20 Years Old

One of the finest tawny ports on the market, this bottle is a regular in our household and represents a real step up from the 10-year-old. It is soft and luscious, with notes of caramel, orange peel and dark fruit. One to savour. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 15th Dec 2019 )

£39.00
PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

This Portuguese Muscat is not long on subtlety but delivers an amazing amount of alcohol and orange peel, plus a little bit of chewiness, for the money. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 14th Dec 2019 )

£9.95
NZ10651 NZ10651 Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Kevin Judd is famous for his work in establishing Cloudy Bay on the world's wine map. This is one of his best in a opulent,  vibrantly fruity style with spicy aromas, ginger and citrus fruits finishing long, from grapes from Southern Valleys, central Wairau plains and upper Awatere. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 14th Dec 2019 )

£17.50
HU1401 HU1401 The Society's Hungarian White 2018

Made with indigenous Hungarian grape varieties, this is fine value. There are flowers and peach that make it an excellent palate-awakening aperitif, but also enough depth and savoury undertones to partner food. - Hamish Anderson

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Dec 2019 )

£6.95
SG161 SG161 Quartet Anderson Valley Brut, Roederer Estates NV

Anne Krebiehl MW: "…to remind me of California's brisk Pacific coast." - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 14th Dec 2019 )

£25.00
SH1301 SH1301 Tio Pepe Fino 'En Rama' (2019 bottling)

Unfiltered, dry, bready aperitif that would make the perfect appetite-restorer. This is the tenth annual issue of this ground-breaking wine. No desperate hurry to drink it despite The Wine Society’s advice to drink it this year. Fresh, gorgeous and palate-cleansing with a salty tang on the end. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 14th Dec 2019 )

£12.50
SH531 SH531 Romate Fino Perdido

Absolutely stunning value for a six-year-old screwcapped wine hand-picked from an almacenista (private storehouse). This one is a little darker plus fuller and richer than the average tangy fino. Bready, soft, and a beautiful dry partner for food, verging on Amontillado. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 14th Dec 2019 )

£8.50
CB5381 CB5381 Château Thieuley Rouge, Bordeaux 2015

A classic Bordeaux blend is perfect for Christmas and this wine has merlot at its heart. [This] is a blend of that lovely grape and cabernet sauvignon. It has soft tannins, a mix of damson and black fruit flavours and a touch of spice. If beef Wellington, or even mushroom Wellington, is on your menu this Christmas, this wine will be happy to introduce itself as a perfect match. A bit like a dating app but without the swiping (or the dating). - Jane Clare

( Manchester Evening News 14th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
FC35981 FC35981 Monbazillac, Château Pech la Calevie 2015

Superior Monbazillac with a floral undertow. Very clean, though not suitable for ageing. Excellent value. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 14th Dec 2019 )

£13.50
FC37531 FC37531 Maury Solera '1928' Cask Number 806

This strong, sweet, Grenache-based wine has been aged for years and year in barrels in the roof of the co-op in the village of Maury in the Agly Valley. The solera system dates from 1928 and is still refreshed today, yielding a heady mixture of spicy chocolate and treacle toffee. Great value. A Roussillon tradition that deserves to be celebrated. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 14th Dec 2019 )

£17.00
CH3981 CH3981 Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut 2006

The chardonnay-dominated 2006 vintage has depth, intensity and zing, with lemon curd, lime zest, toast and nutty flavours and touches of spice and apricot. It could be kept (in cellar conditions) for up to eight years. Alfred Gratien also makes The Wine Society's own-label Brut Champagne, which is my house Champagne and which, like this, is fermented in oak barrels. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 13th Dec 2019 )

£42.00
CH4111 CH4111 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésime 2008

A long time in the making – 10 years on its lees in Charles Heidsieck’s deep, chalk, Gallo-Roman cellars (crayères) – but worth the wait. Both ripe and taut with candied citrus, apricot, exotic fruit and deep, biscuity, salted-almond richness held tight by tenacious acidity. A long life assured, but be aware there’s not much of it. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 13th Dec 2019 )

£75.00
CH2761 CH2761 Champagne Deutz Classic Brut NV

Deutz flies under the radar in the UK, at least compared with its owner Champagne Louis Roederer, but the whole range is excellent, starting with the sleek, floral, delicately nutty Classic Brut, a classic pinot noir, meunier, chardonnay blend, aged on its lees for three years. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 13th Dec 2019 )

£39.00
CH1741 CH1741 Champagne Pol Roger Pure Extra-Brut NV

Not sure where I’ve been but I hadn’t tasted Pol’s Pure Extra Brut before this year and it turns out to be one of the best zero dosage/non dosé (completely unsweetened) Champagnes I’ve tried. Too often they have all the charm of sucking on a lemon, but this has delicately honeyed peach and shortbread notes entwined with mineral freshness and elegance. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 13th Dec 2019 )

£52.00
CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

I don’t know whether either producer would thank me for saying this but I always think that if you like the Bollinger style, you’ll fall for the deep, dry, biscuity richness and rapier acidity of Gosset Grande Réserve.- Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 13th Dec 2019 )

£49.00
RH38431 RH38431 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2013

An awesome, spicy, indulgent, mature syrah from one of the most historic vineyards in the Rhône, which has been owned by Jaboulet since 1834, and made by the inspirational talent that is Caroline Frey. This is the definitive wintry red. - Matthew Jukes

( Money Week 13th Dec 2019 )

£26.00
RH51451 RH51451 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2017

Lusty, full, beautifully aromatic and really long, this is one of the classiest and best value main course whites of the year. - Matthew Jukes

( matthewjukes.com 12th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
CH3911 CH3911 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

Not the tensest ... but beautifully balanced. Super-pleasant with everything in place. Great confidence. A good follow up to the copious 1995? - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 12th Dec 2019 )

£145.00
CH3581 CH3581 Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV

Boasting a 50% chardonnay, 45% pinot noir and 5% pinot meunier blend, this wine marks a renaissance for Henriot. Plus, with its clean and harmonious flavour - and good price - I hope it makes lots of new friends this season.. - Matthew Jukes

( matthewjukes.com 12th Dec 2019 )

£36.00
BG341 BG341 Loud & Proud Mavrud, Villa Melnik 2017

I love this wine! It’s all crunchy, bright, cranberry and sour black cherry fruit with a hint of spice. It is so full of energy! There is brilliantly balanced tannin to give it a cheeky grip alongside a medium-weight body. It’s fresh acid line keeps you going throughout. Delicious, modern, fun wine. - Tom Surgey

( Three Wine Men 11th Dec 2019 )

£9.50
BG341 BG341 Loud & Proud Mavrud, Villa Melnik 2017

Bright as a raspberry plugged into a light socket. Illuminate your life. - Olly Smith

( Three Wine Men 11th Dec 2019 )

£9.50
BG341 BG341 Loud & Proud Mavrud, Villa Melnik 2017

Welcome back Bulgaria! Fresh and fruity and sturdy, with no oak. Zesty acidity, plum and red cherry fruit and well-integrated tannins. - Tim Atkin

( Three Wine Men 11th Dec 2019 )

£9.50
BJ7971 BJ7971 The Society's Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2017

[This] is a classic example of this style of wine and a steal at £11.50 a bottle. Made entirely from the gamay grape variety, with no oak ageing, it is the king of the Beaujolais crus, with more power and structure. This classic wine shows attractive red fruit, with a long satisfying finish. Try with roast guinea fowl, or a ripe Camembert. Concentrated yet richly fruity, fragrant and succulent, this wine is from Les Vins Aujoux, a company from which I used to import and which I hold in high esteem. The wine is starting to show complex leathery and dried cherry flavours, with the classic tannin of this Beaujolais cru coming through towards the finish. A wine that is impeccable now, but which will age gracefully for a few years yet. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 11th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
BW6051 BW6051 G de Château Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc 2015

The oak-matured dry wine from a great Sauternes producer gets top marks for its combination of honeyed fruit streaked with herbs and for crystalline acidity running through textured richness. It could tackle the turkey, a roast or creamy chicken dish, pheasant or fish pie. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2019 )

£16.00
CB5181A CB5181A Château Pey La Tour Réserve, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

 … although a lowly Bordeaux Supérieur in appellation terms, [this] punches well above its weight and has achieved an enviable reputation. - Richard Esling 

( Weardale Gazette 11th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
HU1111 HU1111 Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2013 50cl

Reminds me more of baked Bramley apples, with hints of both lemon and orange zest plus a wonderful balance of lusciousness and freshness. - Harry Eyres

( Country Life 11th Dec 2019 )

£27.00
GE12421 GE12421 Weissburgunder, Weingut Jülg 2018

I know it says Germany, and that’s where the wine is made, but the grapes (pinot blanc aka Weissburgunder) come from over the border in Alsace. Sounds slightly bonkers, but the wine is a delight – zippy and floral with rounded apricot-apple-lime fruit. One for the aperitif slot, or a quiche perhaps. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
AA2661 AA2661 Punkt Genau Light Zweigelt, Weinviertel

“It may be freezing outside and you might think ‘I need my reds to be huge, beefy and warming’. Ah, but think of a weekend brunch and this lovely, lively, low-alcohol Austrian red will be smashing splashing down the bacon, sausage and eggs.” - Oz Clarke 

( Three Wine Men 11th Dec 2019 )

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

Floral, sweet-nougat nose with rounded, fresh, peachy fruit. An appealing party or aperitif choice, or one to serve with shellfish. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2019 )

£9.95
RH51451 RH51451 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2017

A generous, full, viognier-dominated blend with viognier's spice, peach, apricot and floral signature and grapefruit zing. Good with scallops and other shellfish including with gentle spicing. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
NZ11131 NZ11131 The Society's Exhibition New Zealand Chardonnay 2018

Beautifully rich and ripe NZ chardonnay, but fresh and lively with it. Tropical fruits galore and a buttery rounded edge. Great for the Christmas turkey. - Susy Atkins

( Three Wine Men 11th Dec 2019 )

£16.00
NZ11401 NZ11401 Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

The latest Sauvignon from Kevin Judd in the style he’s perfected at Greywacke since leaving Cloudy Bay. Peach, lemon-zest and stem ginger; intense and zingy, but fleshier, riper, more textured and altogether more detailed than the laser-cut, grass-green Marlborough style. - Joanna Simon

( joannasimon.com 11th Dec 2019 )

£17.50
IT27951A IT27951A Foresco Umbria, Barberani 2017

A blend of 80% sangiovese, 10% merlot and 10%cabernet, this is a lovely warm and mellow red. Ideal Christmas drinking. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 10th Dec 2019 )

£10.50

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