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2011 The Co-operative Chablis, Chablis, Burgundy

( £9.99, 12.5%, The Co-operative )

2011 was a slightly tricky vintage in Chablis, so hats off to the Co-op for finding a wine that delivers under £10. It’s a fairly soft, forward style, but there’s enough steeliness to stop it cloying. It’s fresh and appealing with no oak and supple pear and spice on the palate. 

Drinking window: 2013-14Similar Wines: £5-£10, 86-90, France, White, Chardonnay
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2004 Cune Imperial Reserva, Rioja

( £14.99, 13.5%, The Co-operative )

This was a Christmas deal at The Co-op, so the price may have crept back up again in 2013, but this is still one hell of a wine: a Reserva Rioja from a top producer in a legendary vintage. It’s just starting to show its class, so don’t be afraid to tuck it away for a few years. Savoury and sweet with good structure and spice and finely judged oak. 

Drinking window: 2013-20Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Spain, Red, Tempranillo
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2011 La Casa de Sitios de Bodega, Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda

( £6.49, 13%, The Co-operative )

Spain is often overlooked when people are looking for new sources of Sauvignon Blanc, but the cool (comparatively speakig) region of Rueda has been making some very drinkable examples since the 1980s. This good value quaffer is a case in point: stony and fresh with notes of beeswax, honey and gooseberry. 

Drinking window: NowSimilar Wines: £5-£10, 86-90, Spain, White, Sauvignon Blanc