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2010 Minarete, Ribera del Duero

( £5.49, 13.5%, Aldi )

This wine was a hit when I recommended it on Saturday Ktichen recently, so I thought I’d give it another outing. It’s impressive value at just over a fiver and works really well with lamb dishes. The Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) in Ribera is fresher than in Rioja because it’s grown at altitude, and that’s the case here: fine tannins, bright red fruits and good balance. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-14Similar Wines: 86-90, Spain, Red, Tempranillo
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2009 Château Dasvin-Bel-Air, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

( £9.99, 14%, Aldi )

There are some surprisingly good wines at this increasingly popular discount chain, particularly at Christmas. This Bordeaux cru bourgeois from a celebrated recent vintage is a case in point. It’s a light, elegant, easy-drinking claret with fine tannins, good freshness and plenty of juicy cassis and green pepper notes. A red that really delivers at the price. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-17Similar Wines: £5-£10, 86-90, France, Red, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot