Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2012, £11.99, Nisa local, Budgens

Macon Villages is a French appellation covering part of the Maconnais district of Burgundy and the wine is 100 per cent Chardonnay.

It isn’t the big, flabby sort of Chardonnay you get in the New World but a much subtler style with green apple flavours and a reasonable 12.5% alcohol level.

Look out for decent discounts on the recommended retail price.

Kleine Zalze Gamay Noir 2012, £8.59, winedirect.co.uk

Gamay is best known as France’s Beaujolais grape but this is a lovely example of what a leading South African winemaker can do.

It comes from the heart of the Cape winelands and the taste is strawberries and black cherries.

Although it’s a red this is best chilled and ideal for all those barbecues that are being warmed up.