Ten best wines from www.fromvineyardsdirect.com - The top 10

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, far from 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 select our ten best.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

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

Serge Mathieu France Champagne NV

Rocca di Tufo, Orvieto

Palazzone Estate Italy Central 2007

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

Chateau Sainte-Marie France Bordeaux 2008

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

Damien & Romain Bouchard France Burgundy 2006

Clos des Juilly, Saint-Veran

Chateau des Correaux France Burgundy 2006

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

Molitor-Haus Klosterberg Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2007

Mas Carlot, Cuvee Tradition, Costieres de Nimes

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Castello di Potentino, Sacromente, Montecucco Rosso

Castello di Potentino N/A N/A 2005

Castello di Potentino, Piropo, IGT Toscana

Castello di Potentino Italy Central 2005

Chateau Canuet, Margaux

Chateau Cantenac-Brown France Bordeaux 1999