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Wine for Christmas - a little help with the choosing

Posted on December 08, 2016

Wine for Christmas - but are we talking Christmas Day or the whole end of year holiday that everyone seems to take now? So, I thought we'd stick to Christmas Day - will do another blog for New Years' & Party wines.

Christmas Day. If like us you eat your Christmas Turkey Dinner late afternoon, then you probably have something to keep you going in the morning - perhaps Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs?? Perfect to get the Champagne going. Champagne seems the right thing to do on Christmas morning - sets you up for the possible battles ahead.  Remember Napoleon's quote : 'Champagne :  In victory you deserve it, in defeat you need it.' Wonder what Napoleon's family was like....

  Ayala Brut Majeur NV

The champagne the Queen Mother chose to drink. A firm favourite in certain circles, and voted in Decanters Top 100 wines, the only only champagne in the Top 100 that year.

As family & friends gather for the main event - the turkey! Keep the Champagne going for a while.  perhaps you have your Smoked Salmon now - well champagne pairs well, or perhaps a nice flinty Sancerre.

 

        Domaine du Pre Semele Sancerre 2015

A classic Sancerre with ripe gooseberry fruit and zesty acidity. The style is full and round yet fresh and well-balanced. Lovely tangy minerality, typical of this wine style.

Turkey, what to pair with this, remembering there's probably jammy cranberry sauce and bread sauce (not quite sure how to describe bread sauce??).  The cranberry will over power most white wines, and the bread sauce will blanket anything else.... Sooo - go for something with full flavour and nice weight. 

     Domaine de la Meuliere Chablis 2014

Beautiful aromas of ripe fruits that follow through to the palate, which has subtle minerality. Powerful and rounded in the mouth, of full bodied character. Honey in the lingering aftertaste. This will cut through the jammy fruit sauces & enveloping bread sauce.

Perhaps you prefer red wine with the main course. Traditionalists will go for Burgundy & Bordeaux, but why not a nice smooth Rioja.  So I'm going to recommend two - Bordeaux first.

  Haut Medoc Chateau de Terrefort Lescalle Bordeaux 2011  

A medium bodied approachable claret with juicy berry fruit backed up by savoury tobacco notes. This wine is classically proportioned and well balanced. Elegant tannic structure releasing a delicious range of fruity flavours with crisp acidity, lingering hints of spice. A fabulous dry red.

Salagon Reserva Rioja 2005

This is a proper, old-fashioned Rioja with its aromas of mellow red berries, soft tobacco, baking spices, vanilla, plum skins and deliciously tangy cassis. The fruit flavours spar with the natural acidity and their tumbling play fight gives the wines its momentum, cleansing and coating the palate in turn. Fine ruby colour, tending towards terracotta, indicating its age. The nose is a fine example of a Rioja Reserva, with spicy notes dominating over a background of dried fruits and fine woods. Well-balanced medium weight and exceptionally smooth on the palate.

Plum Pudding.  I know not everyone likes Plum Pudding - but you have to have one don't you. Personally, I love it!  And wines to accompany are fav's too!

  Campbell's of Rutherglen Muscat NV 37.5cl

This luscious fortified wine, in the style unique to the Rutherglen region. The wine is drawn from Campbell's aged reserves, 100% Muscat a Petits Grains Rouge. This blend displays rich yet fresh raisin fruit flavours and a sweet mouth filling finish. Buy two - they're only small bottles!!

We haven't finished!  There's still the cheese to come.

  Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port 

Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny is a superb example of the aged tawny style. Mellow and elegant, combining delicate wood notes with rich aromas of mature fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking.  This port would work well with the Plum Pudding too! So many choices.

We put together a Christmas Day Wine Selection, presented in a Wooden Gift Box.  There is Ayala Champagne : Dom de la Meuliere Chablis : Orballo Albarino : Chateau du Moulin Noir Montagne Saint Emillion : Taylor's LBV Port & Campbell's Muscat. This selection would work perfectly with a traditional Christmas Lunch of Smoked Salmon, Turkey with all the trimmings, Plum Pudding & cheese. 

  

Christmas Day Selection of Six in Wooden Gift Box

 

Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV  “This is a rising champagne star, with a toasty aroma, herby flavours and a citrus kick.” from Jamie Goode

Domaine de la Meuliere Chablis 2014   Powerful and rounded in the mouth, of full bodied character. Honey in the lingering aftertaste.

Orballo Albarino 2015  Fresh zingy acidity with layers of floral & fruit flavours, slightly minerally.

Chateau du Moulin Noir Montagne Saint Emmillion 2010  The fragrant, mellow taste is nice and round and ends with a long lingering finish. A delicious red wine!

Taylor's LBV Port 2007  On the palate, cassis, plums and blackberry combine harmoniously with the well-integrated and tightly knit tannins. Long elegant finish. Almost a dessert in itself!

Campbell's of Rutherglen Muscat Dessert Wine NV 37.5cl  Luscious mouthfilling raisined fruit combine with the oak flavours to produce a wine of great length.

If you would like help with selecting wines for your Christmas Day, please call or email.

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