The Wine Society and these two Bordeaux for under a tenner each are both good examples from a classic region.
Both are also good value.
Dourthe No. 1 Bordeaux Blanc 2012 (£7.95)
Bordeaux is one of Sauvignon Blanc's spiritual homes - fuller than the Loire, less tropical than Marlborough.
Sandy yellow in the glass, there are typical aromas of blackcurrant leaf and nettles, with slightly more unusual hints of sage and salinity.
The palate is elegant and fresh, with mouthfilling, linear acidity and a clean, persistent finish.
Good aromatics matched with solid structural underpinnings.
Match with herby roast chicken, pork with horseradish apple sauce or meaty white fish.
Chateau Pey La Tour 2008 Bordeaux Superieur (£9.95)
A right-bank Merlot with a bit of bottle age, this is purple in the glass.
On the nose, there are aromas of coffee grounds, cigar box, forest fruits and a touch of spice.
The palate is soft and supple with an inky texture and generous, well-rounded tannins - the ripe fruit is balanced by savouriness. Nicely mellow on the mid-palate, the finish is gently persistent.
Match with slow-roasted red meats - there is just a touch of gaminess, so venison would be an especially good match.
Provided for review; Pey La Tour also available from Cambridge Wine Merchants
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