£9.74, Majestic Wine
Let's extend a warm welcome to a sophisticated, Burgundy-style Chardonnay at a non-Burgundy price. In fact, this wine was supposed to be a white Burgundy, but the buyer tasked with sourcing it for Majestic's new Definition range (its promising, inaugural foray into own-label) went off-piste. Heading south into Languedoc, he came back with this: a subtly oaked, nutty Chardonnay with almond blossom, beeswax, peach and citrus flavours and a fresh, oystershell finish reminiscent of Chablis. Try it with roast chicken (herbs, lemon, garlic…), or with a creamy pasta, chicken or fish dish - and raise a glass to the wayward buyer.
Definition Chardonnay 2014, Limoux, France
£9.74, Majestic Wine (down from its usual price of £12.99)