Most of the wines I buy nowadays hopefully fall in the good QPR category for short/medium term drinking. I have a reasonable selection of more emblematic age-worthy wine maturing or already mature in my cellar and don't feel the need to buy pricey young examples of the same but will pick interesting bin-ends if the opportunity arises, e.g. some fine mature Gattinara, Valtellina, Fontodi Syrah and Serenelli R. Conero at €5 & 10/bottle last year.
At €25 or less, I can find wines that give almost as much pleasure as Bordeaux crus classés, Burgundy Grands & 1ers crus from Côte d'Or, Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, CndP and Barolo costing twice or three times as much. Examples include Bandol, best Loire Cabernet franc and dry/medium chenin (except Joly?!), Crozes-Hermitage, CDRV Rasteau & Cairanne, a lot from Alsace, Languedoc and Rousillon, Côte Chalonnaise reds and whites, Fèlsina basic Chianti Classico and even Rancia, a lot of Mosel Kabinett and Spâtlese, not to mention perhaps more frivolous and definitely cheaper beauties from Beaujolais, Mâcon, Switzerland's Valais, Jurançon, Dolcetto and so on.
Let's see what this month's drinking turns up.