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From Vineyards Direct first opened its virtual door to the public in December 2006. Created by Esme Johnstone, co-founder of Majestic Wine, and David Campbell, who founded Guide Hachette des Vins, the online merchant offers a limited selection of exciting wines, none of them run-of-the-mill and each one hand picked for its outstanding quality and value for money. It specialises in French, Italian and Spanish wines, none of them branded names but individual wines sourced and imported direct from the grower, just as its name suggests. Its wines invariably perform well in our blind tastings, which is why we've been inpsired to to select our ten best.

Castello di Potentino, Sacromente, Montecucco Rosso 2005

100% Sangiovese from Tuscany. Lots of red cherry fruit and spice. The palate is balanced and fresh and wrapped with more ripe red fruit characters and hint of coffee on the finish.
£10.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Markus Molitor, Haus Klosterberg, Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2007

Beautiful varietal characters with notes of lime and apple and hint of apricot. Crisp on the palate supported by a slatey minerality and a refreshing structure.
£9.45 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Chateau Canuet, Margaux 1999

Nice development aromas on the nose, peppery and meaty with some dark fruit aromas. The palate still has firm tannins with secondary fruit characters and a medium length. Very enjoyable wine to drink now.
£16.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Castello di Potentino, Piropo, IGT Toscana 2005

Rounded, deep cherry fruit. Lushness to the palate, but freshness and vibrant as well, with just a nip of spice. Good length and clean.
£12.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Mas Carlot, Cuvee Tradition, Costieres de Nimes 2008

Crushed red fruits on the nose with leafy/herbal layers. Very attractive and accessible with fresh black and red berries flavours. Straightforward but has plenty going for it nonetheless.
£6.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Clos des Juilly, Saint-Veran 2006

Good expression of ripe fruits with some apple flavours and creaminess. Good complexity on the palate, easy drinking Chardonnay with solid structure and rich fruit characters on the finish.
£12.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Chateau Sainte-Marie, Reserve, Entre-Deux-Mers 2008

Compact and rounded nose with some apple and lime flavours and honeyed touches. More lean citrus fruit in the mouth fleshes out a bit on the mid-palate. Green and zesty.
£8.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Serge Mathieu, Cuvee Tradition, Pur Pinot, Blanc de Noirs Champagne

Some yeasty and bready aromas on the nose. Crisp mousse and a nice citrus precision to the flavours. Just lovely and flavoursome with lots of more-ish qualities. Definitely one of the best value Champagnes on the market.
£21.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Romain Bouchard, Domaine de la Grande Chaume, Vau de Vey, Chablis 1er Cru 2006

Pleasant and attractive charcoal tinge to the nose, with some lime and green fruit aromas. Finely composed and balanced palate with a crisp acidity and a fine minerality on the finish. Really drinking beautifully now.
£16.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

Rocca di Tufo, Orvieto 2007

Lively pear and apple aromas with a hint of citrus zest. Crisp and balanced with a pretty decent weight and texture, attractive melon and pear characters on the finish.
£9.95 From Vineyards Direct ( / 020 7490 9910)

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