Decanter Magazine January 2012

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In the magazine this month: Best wines for Christmas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Anthony Barton interview, grower Champagnes, New South Africa and affordable Burgundy...

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Best festive buys:Decanter's Mark O'Halleron and Christelle Guibert recommend their top drops under £25, perfect for entertaining this Christmas.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009: 2009 isn't as safe a bet here as it is elsewhere in France, said our tasters, but there are still fantastic buys to be had.

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Interview: Anthony Barton: The genial owner of Léoville and Langoa-Barton chat with Margaret Rand about the family dynasty, his Irish roots and profits.

Grower Champagnes: Apart from a few issues with dosage, our experts were excited by the quality of wines that truly express their terroir.

South Africa's new guard: By striking out on their own, ambitious young guns are fast changing global opinions of Cape wine, says Matthew Jukes.

Burgundy for less: Margaret Rand sifts through the swathes of Bourgogne Rouge to find lush Pinot Noir of both quality and value.

Rioja: masters of oak: Andrew Jefford asks how this region succeeds more than others in integrating oak into its wines.

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