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Festive White Wines

Whites to keep the show on the road this Christmas and New Year

Wines listed in ascending order of price. I've given a UK stockist for each, but you can find other stockists in the UK and other countries on

Tesco *finest Saint Mont 2014, France

Mouthwatering, tangy lime and quince flavours. A brilliant, snappy fresh alternative to Sauvignon Blanc made from local grape varieties – mainly Gros Manseng – in Saint Mont, south west France.

£5.50, Tesco

Cimarosa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013, New Zealand

Bright, breezy, smoky, elderflower and lime flavours. Plenty of zing, but not at all shrill like some Sauvignons.

£5.89, Lidl

Taste the Difference Marqués de Almeida Godello, Bierzo, Spain

Fresh, sappy and peachy with a supple texture and crisp finish. If you’re not familiar with the Godello grape, it’s remininscent of Albariño, but a bit rounder.

£8, Sainsbury’s

A Mano Bianco 2014, Puglia, Italy

Fragrant, fresh southern Italian with citrus, herb and spice flavours and a duvet-soft, rounded texture. A blend of Fiano (predominantly), Falanghina and a little Verdeca.

£8.99, Booths

Domaine Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France

Picpoul as it should – leafy and zippy with citrus fruit, touches of riper stone-fruit and a mouthwatering sea-salty finish.

£10.50, Yapp Brothers,

Cabidos Petit Manseng Sec 2010, Pyrenées Atlantiques, France

A glorious, rich, yet tangy white with zesty, honeyed, citrus fruit. It comes from just outside Jurançon and tastes like the best of Jurançon

£10.95, The Wine Society,

Lopez de Heredia Viña Gravonia Rioja Blanco 2005, Spain

Ten-year-old, traditional, oak-aged white Rioja with a whiff of honey, a taste of buttered toast, walnuts and lemon and a crystalline, almost salty, dry finish.

£12.95, The Wine Society,

La Voûte Touraine Chenonceaux 2014, Loire, France

Vibrant and mineral like Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (the famous Loire Sauvignon Blancs upstream), but richer textured and riper tasting.

£14.50, Oddbins

P et M Guillemot-Michel Viré-Clessé Quintaine 2014, Burgundy, France

Nutty, peachy, citrusy – lovely definition, depth and freshness in this entirely unoaked Burgundian Chardonnay.

£18.50 (down from £21.50), Tanners,

Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Chardonnay 2013, Elgin, South Africa

Glorious, Meursault-like Chardonnay from the cool-climate Elgin region. Lemon-curd richness and zing, delicate toast and wheatmeal and mineral savour.

£29.95, Berry Bros & Rudd,

Opening photograph by Joanna Simon

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