Six perfectly curated wines for a complete Christmas Day:
Pewley Downs English Sparkling Rose 2016
Local and divine! This Sparkling Rose has a persistent mousse of fine bubbles and complex fruit flavours. The wine is excellent as an aperitif and goes well with lobster and other meatier kinds of fish; it is first class for celebrations of all kinds and makes any occasion special.
Chablis Vieilles Vignes Domaine Alexandre 2018
The old deep vines used to make this wine allow for a greater depth of concentration of fruit and flavour in this wine. Exotic hints of white nectarine and freshly cut melon. Ripe, concentrated and lingering, this is top notch White Burgundy.
Rully 1er Cru la Pucelle Domaine Belleville 2018
Founded a century ago in Rully, Domaine Belleville makes superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from a fragmented patchwork of vineyards dotted throughout Burgundy. The 1er Cru La Pucelle comes from 40 year old vines situated on a stony, east facing site and spends 12 months in barrels, 25% of which are new. Richly textured, this honeyed, smoky and multi layered Rully shows impeccable balance.
Seda Vermella Rioja Reserva 2010
The Bodega Luis Allegre winery sits beneath the ancient walls of the beautiful village of Laguardia and the team are passionate exponents of Rioja wines. Ripe dark fruits, good intensity, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, toasty oak. Big yet smooth & well balanced. Spices, ripe fruit and rounded thanks to its extended time maturing in the bottle before being released. Great complexity of fruit & subtle secondary flavours with a long finish.
Sauternes Chateau Lamourette 2010 (37.5cl)
Located less than 1Km from legendary Chateau D’Yquem, this domaine has been in the family since 1860, with the first bottling taking place in 1919, and has subsequently passed from mother to daughter. The current owner, Anne-Marie Leglise took over in 1980. A tiny domaine, covering only 10 ha, this is a truly artisan estate. A sweet, delicate wine which retains its freshness and works well with the classic combination of foie gras and fruity and nutty deserts.
Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013
Graham’s 2013 LBV is very deep purple in colour with an intense garnet edge. The wine offers enticing aromas of red and black fruits with some lovely mint and eucalyptus notes. It is generous on the palate, with Graham’s typical opulence, revealing delicious blackberry fruit underscored by ripe, polished tannins, which give the wine great freshness and vitality. This port pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate desserts as well as semi-cured and cured cheeses like Cheddar and Manchego.