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GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

This blend of moschofilero and roditis from Leonidas Nassiakos in Semeli, Nemea, is pretty, bright and delicate, yet still has plenty of flavour. It has a citrus core with dried herbs and a touch of fennel, finishing with a pink grapefruit flourish. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 20th Sep 2020 )

LO15681 LO15681 Saumur Blanc ‘Les Plantagenêts' 2019

Taut citrus fruits dance on the palate as this Saumur, with its stony mineral undercurrent, displays refreshing acidity and spiciness on a lingering finish. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 20th Sep 2020 )

AA3061 AA3061 The Society's Blaufränkisch 2018

This late ripener [blaufränkisch] from Austria can really reflect its site, but it is often hard to find good value examples approachable in their youth. A brilliant new example is The Society's Blaufränkisch: juicy and charmingly approachable with generous red fruits, slighty spicy and incredible acidity. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 19th Sep 2020 )

AU22211 AU22211 The Society's Australian Chardonnay 2019

Blended by Wirra Wirra Vineyards in McLaren Vale, this Australian chardonnay is crisp and moreish without breaking the bank. Lightly oaked to give it a bit more texture, it's cheap and cheerful enough to start your chardonnay journey. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 19th Sep 2020 )

GR1571 GR1571 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2018

Greece's top quality red grape originated from Naoussa in Greece's Macedonia - and today it is the sole grape allowed there - and also widely planted across central and western Macedonia. Its red fruits, savoury palate and brusque dry tannins appeal to nebbiolo lovers. [This wine] offer unbeatable value and an easy-going introduction to this grape. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 19th Sep 2020 )

SP15501 SP15501 Altolandon Bobal, Manchuela 2018

[Bobal is] one of Spain's most planted red grapes, which can often be rustic and inferior. Delighted to find the deep coloured spicy herby example from high altitude vineyards (1,100m) in Manchuela near Valencia. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 19th Sep 2020 )

SP15501 SP15501 Altolandon Bobal, Manchuela 2018

The Wine Society is famed for its low margins and this power-packed Spanish red would be north of a tenner if it featured elsewhere.  Made from Valencia’s most famous local grape bobal this is a spectacular treat, loaded with blueberry and plum notes and freshened with minty highlights! - Matthew Jukes

( Daily Mail 19th Sep 2020 )

PN111 PN111 The Society's Exhibition Tawny Port, 10 Years Old

A lovely inviting nose of summer fruits and caramel leads into a silky palate with lashings of creamy vanilla, nuts and toffee on the palate. Seriously folks, life is too short to pass this one by. - Gerard Richardson

( Surrey Comet 17th Sep 2020 )

IT28781 IT28781 The Society’s Verdicchio Classico 2019

Savoury lemon rind and brighter lemon aromas lead into concentrated grapefruit, apricot and lemon rind on the palate, with well-integrated mouth-watering acidity. A great option with fish or salad, The Wine Society was serving this to accompany sage butter and pea pasta during one of its online “cook along” sessions over the summer. - Peter Ranscombe

( Scottish Field 16th Sep 2020 )

FC38231 FC38231 Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Cantilène, Château Sainte Eulalie 2017

The Château Sainte Eulalie estate lies in the Minervois appellation of the Aude region, near the Canal Du Midi, and [this] exceptional [wine] is a syrah-dominated blend, with grenache, carignan and cinsault also present, drawn from wines on sun soaked south-west facing slopes. It’s robust and complex, but clean and elegant on the palate, with big spicy brambly, herby flavours. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 14th Sep 2020 )

PW7941 PW7941 Ponte de Lima Loureiro, Vinho Verde 2019

Light and spritzy, this piercing Portuguese wine is spot on with oily fish or for a zesty aperitif. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 13th Sep 2020 )

SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

This is the winery that kick-started the great English quality revolution - and it's still at the front of the pack. The bubbles foam across your palate and the flavour is nutty, toasty and memorably mellow. - Oz Clarke

( Sunday Telegraph 13th Sep 2020 )

CB5951 CB5951 Château Le Bédat, Bordeaux 2019

Rich, dark, damsony red. Would suit rustic south-west French food. - Fiona Beckett 

( The Guardian 12th Sep 2020 )

CL201 CL201 The Society's Côtes de Bordeaux 2017

Star buy: This 30-hectare estate is a great example of Castillon's characterful wines with its plummy aromas, bright juicy fruits, silky texture, unoaked; a limestone-dominant merlot that would suit St Emilion lovers. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 12th Sep 2020 )

CM19611 CM19611 The Society's Exhibition Haut-Médoc 2015

Star buy: The 113-hectare Beaumont estate, who share an owner with Ch Beychevelle, have crafted this impressive cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot blend from a superb vintage; praised for its balance, attractive sweet ripe fruits, light cedar, tobacco, silky textured tannin and good value. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 12th Sep 2020 )

EN1501 EN1501 The Society's English White 2019

Bring back summer with this floral, spritzy lower-alcohol white. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 12th Sep 2020 )

IT28761 IT28761 The Society's Pinot Grigio 2019

Bone-dry and filled with fruity aromas, The Wine Society's pinot grigio du jour comes courtesy of Kiwi winemaker Matt Thomson and a single vineyard in Italy's Valpantena, north-east of Verona, where cool breezes from the Dolomite mountains ensure steady ripening. This is rounded and fruity, with the trademark 'breadcrust' character of the grape. Delicious! - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 12th Sep 2020 )

MX20271 MX20271 Exhibition Mixed Case

Wine cases ideal for gifting: You must be a member to buy from the world’s oldest wine club, but if you’re passionate about wines, £40 signs you up for life. “At The Wine Society, we offer many mixed cases to our members, but this case is a selection of our flagship Exhibition range, wines blended and selected by our buyers with some of the best growers in their respective countries,” says Ewan Murray, PR manager for The Wine Society. “They offer great value for money, and are benchmark examples of their regions.” - Sam Wylie Harris

( The Press Association 12th Sep 2020 )

IT30171 IT30171 Passerina Abruzzo, Vigna Corvino 2019

Refreshing, citrussy, dry white. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 7th Sep 2020 )

SG3021 SG3021 The Society's Celebration Crémant de Loire 2017

… a delicate and refined fizz. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 7th Sep 2020 )

GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

Incredible value for a refreshing, gently floral triumph from Greece. Taste the future of fine wine. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 6th Sep 2020 )

PW8081 PW8081 The Society's Exhibition Alvarinho, Vinho Verde 2019

The Society offers its Exhibition vinho verde only when the quality is high enough and this is just the third such vintage. The alvarinho grape imparts elegant, steely flavour — a fine choice for the few weeks of warm weather we have left. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 6th Sep 2020 )

AU22121 AU22121 Full Moon Durif 2019

Hails from Australia and has lovely blueberry and cassis on the nose with hints of sour cherry. This follows through with an earthy quality and smokiness leading to a long finish. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 5th Sep 2020 )

BW4041 BW4041 Château Doisy-Daëne, Barsac 2010

Delicious – full of crystallised pineapple, wildflower honey and aniseed from a tip-top, second-growth Barsac producer. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Sep 2020 )

CH4171 CH4171 Champagne Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles 15 Grand Cru Extra Brut NV

Finding champagne at under £30 without sacrificing depth and complexity is a tough call, but this rich, toasty grower’s champagne delivers in spades. A treat with roast chicken. - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 5th Sep 2020 )

FC36441 FC36441 Domaine de l'Arjolle Equilibre, Merlot-Cabernet, Côtes de Thongue 2016

... the perfect wine for some pizza or pasta, … a gorgeous cabernet sauvignon blend from the small appellation of the Côtes De Thongue in the Languedoc, both great easy drinking, good value, nicely balanced wines for every day consumption. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 5th Sep 2020 )

FC36441 FC36441 Domaine de l'Arjolle Equilibre, Merlot-Cabernet, Côtes de Thongue 2016

A simple but smooth bargain to complete a Wine Society order. - Liz Sagues

( Hampstead & Highgate Express 5th Sep 2020 )

FC38231 FC38231 Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Cantilène, Château Sainte Eulalie 2017

Scents of garrigue herbs and syrah savouriness are followed by a lingering, lovely, seamless palate perfectly balancing ripe fruit, discreet oak and alcohol. - Liz Sagues

( Hampstead & Highgate Express 5th Sep 2020 )

GE13441 GE13441 The Society's Exhibition Rheingau Riesling 2018

This is a superbly suave wine with a noble air and if you like top-end, dry riesling then this wine will be right up your street. It's pithy, linear, soothing and cultured, the flavour here is sensational. - Matthew Jukes

( 5th Sep 2020 )

JU1321 JU1321 Arbin, Le Comte Rouge, Château de Mérande 2015

… rich, peppery, gamey, violet-scented ... Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Sep 2020 )

JU1511 JU1511 Vin de Savoie, Persan, Cuvée Les 2 Jean, Jean-François Quénard 2018

… ripe, juicy, Alpine herb and black-forest-fruited ,,, Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 5th Sep 2020 )

LE1071 LE1071 Massaya Le Colombier 2018

Massaya winery is one of Lebanon's most impressive newcomers, an old winery revived by the Ghosn brothers. This is made from a Rhône-style blend with a dash of Spanish tempranillo from 40-year-old vines on high-altitude hillside slopes. A style made for early drinking - with gentle spice, strawberry aroma and spicy peppery undertones. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 5th Sep 2020 )

LE1111 LE1111 Hochar 2017

Musar fans will love this Musar 'second label', which is effectively a single-vineyard wine from the southern part of the Bekaa Valley, 30km drive north of Beirut. This wine is the usual jumble of grapes from Rhône, Bordeaux and Languedoc - with cinsault, cargnan, cabernet sauvignon and grenache noir in the blend. Stewed plum aromas, earthy leathery undertones, light oak notes with a spicy finish. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 5th Sep 2020 )

LE1121 LE1121 Chateau Musar 2013

Lebanon's best-known winery is now run by the third generation. Serge's sons Gaston and Marc, and Ronald's son Ralph continue to use the same natural authentic methods started by Gaston back in 1930. This winery has seen so much, from direct shelling to using cellars as a bomb shelter for local people - and now in 2020 they face new challenges. Let's celebrate their astonishing history with their current 2013 release (Serge Hochar's last vintage) with its soft smooth forward fruits, ripe flavours, leathery, spicy and distinctly exotic notes. - Rose Murray Brown  

( The Scotsman 5th Sep 2020 )

LE411 LE411 Chateau Musar 1977

Musar is, of course, well-known for its ageing ability - so if you are feeling flush try [this] … Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 5th Sep 2020 )

AU22121 AU22121 Full Moon Durif 2019

A gem from Swan Hill near the Murray River in southern Australia. The durif grape is the same as petite sirah, from the south of France. Imagine squishing some freshly-picked bramble fruit, with a tug of leaf which clings to a snapped twig, then you'll be inside my head as I sipped this. The wine was a delicious pour with blackberry notes and a touch of pepper. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 3rd Sep 2020 )

SP15691 SP15691 Viña Zorzal Garnacha, Navarra 2019

A fresh light bargain with red berry fruit. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 3rd Sep 2020 )

CE10811 CE10811 Tabalí Vetas Blancas Cabernet Franc 2017

A cool climate cabernet franc. Leafy mint with mineral aromas, bright black fruit and barrel spice. Intense and quite sapid on the palate, well focused acidity, medium body and textured tannins. 90/100 Alejandro Inglsias

( Decanter 2nd Sep 2020 )

CH771 CH771 Champagne Jules Camuset Brut NV

This unusual blend of 55% meunier, 30% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay is made for The Wine Society by Boizel. It's golden in the glass with a delicate but fruit-forward character: lots of apple and yellow plum. Softly creamy, very approachable and lovely purity of fruit. 91/100 Amy Wislock

( Decanter 2nd Sep 2020 )

SG2931 SG2931 Cava Sumarroca El Gran Amigo Gran Reserva 2016

Must-try' fizz: Cava continues to suffer an image problem. This helps keep prices low, but means that many miss out on what can be a fantastic traditional-method fizz. This brut nature is made by the same estate that produces The Society's own-label Cava (a reserva) and had three years on the lees before disgorgement. Gentle apple and lemon fruit, some toastiness and good complexity for the price. - Amy Wislock

( Decanter 2nd Sep 2020 )

FC37121 FC37121 Domaine Gauby Blanc La Jasse, Côtes Catalanes 2018

It smells deceptively sweet on the nose but is actually a gorgeous bone-dry style offering up fresh peach and delicate orange blossom, before moving into layered citrus fruit and pronounced texture on the palate. We found the honeyed notes to be extremely moreish. - Louise Whitbread

( The Independent 1st Sep 2020 )

SG1061 SG1061 The Society's Saumur Brut NV

Produced for the Wine Society by Gratien and Mayer, this is a fine example of a Cremant de Loire. Crisp, clean and floral, a lovely low-cost fizz. - Rob Price 

( Birmingham Living 1st Sep 2020 )

CH3391 CH3391 Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

Stage 21 is all about Paris, starting in Mantes la Jolie and finishing famously on the Champs Elysees. The rider in yellow will be enjoying Champagne on the bike as he starts the route, finally speaking our language. The Champagne sponsor is Castelnau and the Reserve Brut is a surprise package, less familiar on these shores but a worthy, fresh but toasty fizz to raise in the race’s honour. - Ben McFarland/Tom Sandham

( Spectator 31st Aug 2020 )

IT28781 IT28781 The Society’s Verdicchio Classico 2019

[An] organic wine, this one's made by Monte Schiavo and is primary and fruity with flavours of pear drops, herbs, white peach and a touch of lemon peel. It's fine and expressive with a hint of nuttiness that captures the youthful side of the grape. A joyful beverage. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 30th Aug 2020 )

AL15311 AL15311 The Society’s Vin d’Alsace 2018

Hugel makes [this] aromatic crisp dry white wine. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 29th Aug 2020 )

BJ8271 BJ8271 Domaine Coudert, Fleurie Clos de la Roilette 2018

Beaujolais, and particularly the wines from the villages that have cru status, still offers some of the very best-value wine in France. Domaine Coudert is interesting because it’s in Fleurie but on the border with Moulin-à-Vent, and while you do find some of the classic Fleurie floral notes, the wine has the sinew of a Moulin. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 29th Aug 2020 )

BJ8271 BJ8271 Domaine Coudert, Fleurie Clos de la Roilette 2018

My kind of Fleurie, crammed with delicious, dusky, floral, black cherry and Victoria plum fruit. - Jane MacQuitty 

( The Times 29th Aug 2020 )

GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

The Wine Society has just released a Greek wine under its own label for the first time ,,,  a blend of moschofilero and roditis in a seductively floral vein. One to sit and sip on the last of the light summer evenings. - Fiona Beckett 

( The Guardian 29th Aug 2020 )

GR1701 GR1701 The Society's Greek White 2019

This great value 2019 Semeli has apricot and blossom aromas with a grapefruit and honeyed palate. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 29th Aug 2020 )

FC38231 FC38231 Minervois La Livinière Cuvée Cantilène, Château Sainte Eulalie 2017

Dark red, almost black, it is brimming with juicy, succulent, chewy fruit, like liquefied black cherries and blackberries. With satisfying length on the palate, it is almost poetical! - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 28th Aug 2020 )


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