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 wine-searcher.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, yapp.co.uk
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, thewinesociety.com
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, thewinesociety.com
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.
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, tanners-wines.co.uk
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, bbr.com
Opening photograph by Joanna Simon