Honeyed, toasty, spicy and rich with attractive subtle notes of red apple.

Apple and pear fruits with hints of vanilla and blackcurrant. Textured and smooth with a lovely lingering finish.

Enticing fresh quince and honey fruits with a lovely lingering finish.

Riesling at its imperious best. Complex intense honeyed fruit with a steely backbone.

A lifted floral nose followed by lovely crisp lip-smacking green apple fruits, and a bone dry finish.

Alsace offers a range of great wines including a few light red wines and some very good rosés, but the region is best known for its fantastic dry white wines

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From a field blend of up to 17 grape varieties, a wine bursting with juicy ripe melon fruits.

An intriguing blend of Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon that works well. Lovely fruity summer drinking.

From a classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot, this is a supple, ripe wine with lightly spicy blackcurrant and cassis.

Arguably the greatest blended wine of all is Champagne. Photograph: Thinkstock

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