Lockdown beating wines

Here's a selection of delicious wines from across the world, with examples from classic regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as bottles from less well known regions. With every bottle under £20 a bottle including duty and VAT, there's something for everyone here.

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2014 Château d'Aussières, Corbières

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

Château Lafite’s southern concern shows much of the same characteristics of its bigger brother. There’s well-judged power balanced with finesse, with the level of fruit one would expect from the south of France.

Ready: 2017 - 2027
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2018 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, Maison Lalanne

Dry | White | Still

This blend of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best value whites we've come across recently. It is fresh, grassy, clean, lightly aromatic, and highly refreshing.

Ready: 2020 - 2021

2015 La Petite Lune Blanc, Bordeaux

Dry | White | Still

The 2015 Petite Lune is in a beautiful place after 5 years. Notes of candied pineapple and a hint of wild honey on the nose, with a textured and silky, yet still lively palate. It's such a charming, giving wine to enjoy today. Lovely.

Ready: 2023

2017 La Petite Lune Rouge, Bordeaux

Dry | Red | Still

The 2017 Petite Lune is everything we want from everyday claret, and more. Notes of blueberries and fresh plums on the nose, with loads of finesse to the tannins and a very long and savoury finish. This is far more complex, concentrated, and pure than the price would suggest. Go long: it won’t disappoint.

Ready: 2020 - 2025

2019 Ikigall Xarel-lo/Malvasia/Muscat, Gallina de Piel, Penedès

White | Still

Gallina de Piel is the winemaking project of David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli. He uses indigenous grapes to make fresh, savoury, food-friendly wines. This fits the bill perfectly, with a hint of grip on the palate, and a lovely, long, mouth-watering finish.

Ready: 2021 - 2023

2018 Malvazija, Gašper, Slovenia

Dry | White | Still

From the region of Slovenia that borders Italy, this is a beautifully floral, almost tropical white, with slightly honeyed notes. There’s a salinity here, that will make it a brilliant seafood white. Delicious.

Ready: 2021 - 2024

2018 Suri Sandrinet, Moscato d'Asti Canelli, Cascina Cerutti

Sweet | White | Frizzante | 5%

There can be few more enjoyable wines than this Moscato, from the best place for the grapes in Piemonte, Canelli. Notes of grape essence and apple blossom, with honey and a hint of hazelnut, too. The sweetness is wonderfully balanced with acidity: this should be in everyone’s life.

Ready: 2019 - 2022

N/V Brut, Nino Franco, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

Dry | White | Sparkling | 11%

Crisp acidity and drive on the palate give way to fresh flowers and crunchy pears. There’s so much complexity here, with notes of acacia and peach supported by crushed rocks and a hint of white pepper. Brilliant, and so moreish, you should stock up.

Drink to: 2025

2016 Dolcetto d'Alba, Cantina del Pino, Piedmont

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

Juicy and fresh. Nice strawberry fruit, with a hint of clove adding complexity. Touch of tannin, with creamy fruit on the finish.

Ready: 2018 - 2021

2012 Margaret Semillon, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley

Dry | White | Still | 11%

Aged for five years in bottle before release, this has developed brilliantly. Fresh acidity and citrus flavours are accompanied by more honeyed, toasty notes, with characteristic Semillon texture that finishes crisply and cleanly.

Ready: 2020 - 2025

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo Il Crutin, Giovanni Manzone

Dry | Red | Still

Lovely open nose of clove and fruit. It’s charming already: fresh, well balanced and the perfect introduction to Nebbiolo.

Ready: 2017 - 2021

2017 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, M. Chapoutier

Dry | Red | Still | 15%

Michel Chapoutier is a towering talent in the Northern Rhône, producing some of France’s greatest wines. Quick to recognise the potential in this southern corner, his investment and dedication here make for a Roussillon red of excellent value. With notes of garrigue and fresh berries on the nose, a hint of tapenade, and focussed grippy tannins, this is a charming wine from Chapoutier.

Ready: 2020 - 2026

2019 Riesling Stein Schieferterrassen, Stadt Krems, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

A lovely floral element to the nose on this Riesling, with honeysuckle, and even rose petal shining through. There’s a beautiful creaminess to the fruit here: this is so approachable, and so delicious. The finish has notes of white peach, and a vibrancy and energy that’s hard to ignore. Excellent value.

Ready: 2021 - 2030

2018 Vinista Pais, Pedro Parra, Itata

Dry | Red | Still

From 120 year old Pais vines, made by a legendary vineyard mapper and soil scientist, who’s worked as a consultant at some of the world’s greatest estates. It’s a peppery, floral, fragrant red, with charming acidity and a long and pure-fruited finish. Absolutely delicious: a brilliant alternative to Gamay, or to lighter cool-climate Syrah.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2019 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

Dry | Rosé | Still

The 2019 has a wonderful nose showing sun-ripened peaches and apricots, these delicious stone fruits give way to cool, refreshing acidity and juicy wild strawberries on the palate, transporting you immediately to a sunlit afternoon in the south of France.

Ready: 2020 - 2022

2017 Côtes du Rhône, Les Peyrouses, Alain Voge

Dry | Red | Still

A rare “northern” Côtes du Rhône, Alain makes this cuvée with young vines from Cornas and other parcels from just outside the region. Nice nose, creamed dark cherries and also a hint of dark pepper. Very nice finesse and good silky acidity. Impressive density and fine mineral. Rather delicious, and quite serious.

Ready: 2019 - 2025

2018 First Flight Syrah, Domaine Bott

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

This Syrah comes from vines planted just above Ampuis, near the Côte Rôtie appellation. It is juicy and bursting with fruit. Ageing in old oak barrels means the expression is pure, energetic, and highly fruit driven. There is a salty, fresh, ripe minerality.. This wine punches way above his weight, and is a brilliant start for this young domaine.

Ready: 2020 - 2025

2017 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett, Zilliken, Saar

Medium Dry | White | Still | 8%

A slightly more generous example, exotic but without being over the top. Lovely saline quality to the fnish, structure is lacy but amazing length. Amazing structure and balance. Lovely depth. Cool and fresh and so much energy. Beautifully balanced. 58 grams/litre.

Ready: 2018 - 2030
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2017 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

A mix of 33% Cinsault from Darling and Stellenbosch, 30% Grenache, 21% Swartland Syrah and 16% Wellington Carignan , this is a fine yet powerful red, with so much energy and character. Named in honour of Franco’s dad, it’s a stunning tribute.

Ready: 2021 - 2032

2013 Coteaux Bourguignons, Jean Grivot

Dry | Red | Still | 12.5%

Very old Gamay vines produce this exceptional cuvée, which ages as well as most 1er Cru Pinot based wines. Wild strawberry, rose and a hint of blood orange notes abounding, this is dense and rich: a smart buy which would fool most in a blind taste.

Ready: 2017 - 2023