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2005 La Différence Carignan Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Superbly vibrant and scented old-vine carignan
trophy winner from the south-western Pyrenean region of Roussillon with well-crafted, classic
blueberry fruitiness.
£4.99, Sainsbury’s, October 2006


Domaine Mas Cremat 'Les Tamarius' 2005 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
A rich, ripe and spicy blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan from just north of Perpignan. Still young, it has plenty of body and a satisfyingly long finish, and is ideal with simple dishes such as bangers and mash or beef in Guinness. £5.99 The Winery (020 7286 6475)

The Telegraph, Jonathan Ray
Vieille Fontaine Blanc 2005 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne

Tasty £2.99ers still exist, and this brilliant Gascon duo from the Plaimont co-operative delivers a white ugni blanc and colombard blend that is blessed with oodles of elegant, grassy, floral fruit. Put it on your spring shopping list. £2.99 Tesco

The Times, Jane MacQuitty
Tariquet Famille Grassa 2004 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne

Yves Grassa's elegant, lemony, floral Gascon whites are some of the best aperitif and supper bottles the region produces, and this delicate 11 per cent alcohol wine is as happy with cold meats as it is with grilled chicken. £4.99 Somerfield

The Times, Jane MacQuitty
Laurent Miquel Chardonnay-Viognier 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc

Onwards and upwards for Languedoc winemaker Laurent Miquel, with this lively, floral, spiced-peach of a blend delivering terrific value for money. £4.99 Majestic Wine, Waitrose

The Times, Jane MacQuitty
Domaine Coudoulet Viognier 2004 Vin de Pays d'Oc

This is an excellent spicy, fruity Viognier, full of apricots and peaches. Produced by the Ournac brothers, sixth-generation winemakers, it's delicious with salt-baked sea bass and fennel. £7.45 Berry Bros & Rudd (0870 900 4300) 

The Telegraph, Jonathan Ray

Les Fleurs Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne

Yves Grassa's grapefruity, softly exotic Les Fleurs should inspire more people to experiment. £6.99 Waitrose

The Observer, Tim Atkin

Les Jamelles Viognier 2004 Vin de Pays d'Oc

Tuck into this lively, apple and peach-redolent viognier. £4.99 Co-op 

The Times, Jane MacQuitty

Domaine Begude 'Le Petit Ange' Chardonnay 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc

The first French 2005 whites and reds have flown in, so rejoice in this bottle's precocious pear-drop scents, with aniseed, apricot and banana-custard flavours in the mix, too. £5.99 Majestic Wine

The Times, Jane MacQuitty