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Of course, we could happily recommend every wine on our list, which is why they were selected in the first place. Many of the more familiar wines probably do not need highlighting as you will find your way to those unaided. So instead we have decided to feature some of the less well-known, more interesting wines that you may have had little opportunity to sample in the past, or else draw attention to some truly outstanding bins on the list.

White

7. Valdeorras, Gaba do Xil, Telmo Rodriguez, Spain 2005 - 13.25

Liquid delight from Telmo Rodriguez, the hottest property in Spain’s winemaking industry: a soft, dry white reminiscent of Viognier with aromas of honey and apple peel, dried fruit flavours with a clean finish.

4. Falanghina, Sarrapochiello, Lorenzo Nifo, Campania, Italy 2005 - 15.85

A little obscure maybe, but highly recommended. Crisp and clean with an appetising minerality and aromas of fresh white peaches and grapes.

18. Pic Saint-Loup/Coteaux du Languedoc, Les Mûriers, Mas Bruguière, France 2005 - 15.95

One of the finds of the year. Fantastically drinkable with good depth and colour. Pic Saint-Loup is not strictly an appellation, but it would be hard to find a more expressive example of terroir. An unoaked blend of Marsanne and Roussanne delivers a fresh, dry wine evocative of orchard fruit and wild flowers.

19. Vin de Corse, Porto Vecchio, Domaine de Torraccia, Christian Imbert 2005 - 15.95

Another equally compelling discovery. A base of Vermentino offset with a touch of Ugni Blanc produces a pleasing dry, mid-weight, unoaked wine evocative of the island’s wild herbs.

24. Mâcon-Villages, Domaine de la Bongran, J Thévenet, Burgundy 2004 - 19.95

A truly exceptional wine. “No one in the Mâconnais can match the depth, concentration and downright weirdness of Jean Thévenet’s late-picked Chardonnays. This is textured, funky, ripe, slightly honeyed and rich.” Tim Atkin MW, Observer Magazine.

Red

47. Quinta do Crasto, Douro, Portugal 2005 - 13.50

An absolute cracker from the Douro valley in northern Portugal, named in a previous vintage. Red Wine of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (the Wine Trade’s Oscars). Rich, ripe and spicy.

40. Serpaiolo, Rosso di Toscana, Serpaia, Maremma, Italy 2005 - 14.25

“Serpaiolo is a stunner. Medium-weight, juicy, ripe, red and black fruit flavoured, and with a twist of fresh herbs and spices, this is a dream wine for all-purpose food and wine matching. When you are least expecting it, a wine like this comes along - that’s the beauty of wine.”Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail

94. Sangiovese, Ceravolo, Adelaide Plains, South Australia 2004 - 14.75

Characterisically vibrant Aussie take on an Italian classic, spectacularly juicy with flavours of morello cherries and a pleasing bite on the finish. Currently my father’s favourite red.

77. Brézème, Le Grand Chène, Jean-Marie Lombard, Rhône 2003 - 18.25

Really delicious yet little known, micro appellation of Côtes du Rhône. This Brézème is full-bodied with lots of dark pitchy fruit and firm tannins that could see it happily age for a decade. Perfect with game and stews.

59. Antiyal, Alvaro Espinoza, Maipo Valley, Chile 2003 - 23.95

“One of the great reds emerging from South America, this uniquely Chilean blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is a powerful style in which voluptuously rich cherry and blackberry fruit flavours mingle with smooth-textured tannins and a rare purity of fruit flavours.”The Independent – Best 50 Wines, December 2006. And still with a small enough production run for every bottle to be hand numbered.

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