2018 Trotignon Touraine Sauvignon Blanc ‘Les Silex’, 12.5%vol, (£10.95; Tanners)
If you like Sancerre but don’t like Sancerre prices, you’ll love this. From vineyards in Saumur and the middle Loire Valley owned by the Trotignon family for four generations, the wine is carefully blended from parcels of Sauvignon Blanc grown on very different soils. The result is a wine full of freshness with plenty of vibrant gooseberry fruit, honey and a long, long finish.
2017 Dominique Piron Morgon ‘La Chanaise’, 13%vol, (£14.99; Waitrose)
The Piron family have been making wine in Beaujolais for 14 generations and current head winemaker, Dominique Piron, says “Gamay has to be excellent, otherwise it’s nothing.” Well, this Morgon is indeed excellent, being soft, jammy and juicy with gentle, structure-giving tannins and a fine savoury lift to the finish. Delicious now, it’ll repay a bit of ageing and is best served lightly chilled.
Taylor’s Select Reserve Port, 20%vol, (£7.00 down from £10.75 until 2 Jan; Co-op)
Taylor’s is one of the great names of the Douro Valley, where they have been making fine vintage ports and aged tawny ports since 1692. This entry level port is also a delight and, at almost £4 off the RRP, an absolute steal. Aged for 3 years in oak, it’s fresh, rich, dark, intensely fruity and lusciously sweet and makes a great post-prandial with no need to decant.