Rebecca WonnacottWith the nights drawing in, there’s still much to enjoy in 2009 – not least amazing wines. Majestic Putney Manager, Rebecca Wonnacott, picks out some staff and customer favourites to put together twelve of the best.

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2008, Cantina Bartolomeo da Breganze
or £5.49 when you buy 2 bottles*)

When it comes to the resurgent Pinot Grigio, this is top of my list, with fresh floral notes, refreshing acidity and more depth than most. This is what I call a real crowd pleaser – perfect for everyday drinking.

Mâcon-Lugny 2007, Louis Latour
(£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

This white Burgundy is a year-round favourite with nearly all of our regular customers. Its buttery lemon nose and crisp apple fruit are equally suited to a Christmas apéritif, a Summer afternoon or a cosy Autumn evening. This is also true of Louis Latours’ Bourgogne Pinot Noir, another customer favourite.

Louis Roederer Quartet NV, California
or £17.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Like many Champagne houses, Roederer has taken its expertise around the world – in this instance, to California. Creamy, fruity and perfectly balanced, this has all the finesse of Roederer’s Non-Vintage, but at half the price.

La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2004, St-Julien

For me, second wines made from younger vines are the bargains of Bordeaux. Complex and rich with the typical cigar box, oak spice and blackberry fruit of a left bank Bordeaux, this is a great example.

Alamos Malbec 2007, Catena, Mendoza
(£6.99 or £5.49 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Malbec has boomed in the last few years and with this wine it’s easy to see why. Less full-bodied than some Malbecs, its rich raisiny fruit and soft lingering finish make it extremely popular with customers and staff alike.

Château Guiot 2008, Costières de Nîmes
(£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

A blend of Syrah and Grenache, this is one of the best-value reds from its area. Complex but still light in body, it has characteristic herby spice and forest fruit flavours. My perfect Autumn party or wedding wine recommendation.

Beaujolais-Villages 2007/08, Georges Duboeuf
or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

If you’re not quite ready to settle into weighty winter reds, this is for you – a red that can even be chilled for an extra refreshing edge. Beautifully light with a bubblegum finish, this wine is all about the Summer fruits.

Sancerre 2007/08, Château de Sancerre
(£14.99 or £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

The first Sauvignon Blanc I’ve chosen is a brilliant example of a traditional Loire Valley Sancerre, with a smoky complexity alongside citrus notes. Having been lucky enough to visit the Château a while ago, I’ll admit a slight bias, but the continued success of this perfectly balanced wine shows I’m not the only admirer.

Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2007/08, Marlborough
or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles* Whilst stocks last!)

Customers wanting the best of Old and New World Sauvignons need look no further. Refined and increasing in reputation all the time, this wine combines the fruity New Zealand style with all the finesse of a classic French Sauvignon.

Château de Sours Rosé 2008, Bordeaux
(£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

It always amazes me how quickly our stacks of pink boxes fly off the shelves over a sunny weekend. So here’s one for an Indian Summer – an ever-popular rosé from Bordeaux with creamy strawberry fruit and a deliciously refreshing edge.

Rioja Reserva 2004, Marqués de Riscal
£13.32 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

With 2004 a great year for Riojas, this is currently one of my favourites. A great accompaniment to roast lamb, its complex Summer fruit and vanilla spice are just as enjoyable on their own. The classic-looking bottle also makes it the perfect gift (if you can bear to part with it!).

Churchill Estates 2007, Douro
(£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Portuguese reds aren’t many customers’ first port of call, but the Douro Valley, more famous for fortified wines, also produces brilliantly full, velvety reds. Cherry, strawberry and vanilla oak make this complex, smooth wine the perfect bottle with a hearty red meat dish.

Raise a glass to Autumn

* All prices valid until 29th October 2009

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