The unaffordable and near unobtainable star of my day was Dominus 2001 Proprietary Red, from the Napa Valley, a quite outstanding New World 'claret' ecstatically praised by Steven Spurrier. However, at £75+ a bottle it is not for everyday drinking and, in addition, was all pre-sold. Corney and Barrow will try to find it for you - it would be worth the hunt if you want a treat in the Chateau Lafite class.
Or you might want to consider the more readily available 2003 version, selling at a mere £49.15.
For value for money, I thought Andrew Jefford turned up a cracker with winemaker Herve Fabre's Gold Trophy-winning Gran Reserva Malbec 2005 from Argentina at £10.85 a bottle.
For New World whites you can't beat a big in-your-face New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I particularly liked the Babich Marlborough 2006 (£8) while Andrew Jefford showed an excellent more complex, Loire-ish, example - Craggy Range's Old Renwick 2006 (£11).
It's awful to have to reduce such a splendid array of New World wines to such a tiny list. But, if there is one not to be missed, it has to be the Malbec.
- Dr Raanan Gillon is a retired GP from London and a wine enthusiast
DR GILLON'S CHOICE
- Dominus 2001 Proprietary Red £75+ http://www.corneyandbarrow.com 0207 265 2430
- Herve Fabre Gran Reserve Malbec 2005 £11 http://www.vinothentic.com
- Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 £7.95 http://www.nzhouseofwine.com
- Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Old Renwick £10.44 http://www.waitrosewine.com.