Plaimont Producteurs Pujalet 2013, Côtes de Gascogne £5.49, Waitrose, 11% alcohol

Colombard and ugni blanc are the tasty grape varieties here. Normally used for brandy production, they have been effectively harnessed to make this amazingly aromatic, zippy, acidic white that’s just so refreshing and electric. It’s great value, too.

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Picpoul de Pinet 2013, Languedoc £6.99, The Co-operative, 12% alcohol

Picpoul is the name of a white wine that comes from the otherwise red-dominated Languedoc region in the south of France, and this is a great bottle at a good price.

It’s lively and bright, with grapefruit and green apple flavours.

Asda Extra Special Viognier 2013, Pays d’Oc, Languedoc £7.25, Asda, 13.5% alcohol

Viognier is such a distinctive grape variety. It almost became extinct back in the 1960s, but it’s now very fashionable. This is a great introduction, showing pear and apricot fruit, a pleasant texture and a fresh finish.

Domaine du Colombier Chablis 2013, Burgundy £13.95, bbr.com (0800 280 2440 FREE), 12.5% alcohol

This is a superb example of chablis, which is the famous chardonnay wine from north Burgundy. It’s such a brightand fruit-driven white, with a lovely stony undercurrent to the pear and citrus flavours.

Olivier Leflaive Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Charmois 2011, Burgundy £30 or £25 each if you buy two, Majestic, 13% alcohol

Here’s an example of white Burgundy at its best, with fabulous flavours of spice, lemon and pears. It’s full flavoured but beautifully balanced, and it’s well worth splashing out on for a treat.

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