Spectator Wine Club - French Christmas
Well, it’s almost upon us, the strangest of Christmases. Thrust into our ridiculous bubbles, some folk are stuck seeing the people they don’t want to see and other folk are stuck not seeing the people they do want to see. It’s all going to be very odd and not a little challenging.
The key to a passable Christmas, though, remains the same: wine and plenty of it. It’s more important to drink well than to drink heavily, of course, and with this very toothsome selection from Honest Grapes – Decanter’s Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year 2020 – you can do just that. Drink well, that is. And if you take advantage of the very special Santa’s Selection you will drink very well indeed. What? Oh for heaven’s sake don’t panic, of course it’s got gin in it and, yes, yes, drinking heavily does indeed remain an option.
We start, though, with the 2019 Ch. Haut-Rian Blanc. I’m not usually a fan of dry white Bordeaux but this 60 per cent Sémillon, 40 per cent Sauvignon Blanc blend from the Entre-Deux-Mers quite turned my head. Crisp, clean and lemon-fresh with grassy notes and herbs, it makes an invigorating aperitif.
The 2019 Ch. Pesquié Terrasses Blanc from the slopes of Mont Ventoux in Provence is right up my street. A blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette it’s fresh yet weighty and beautifully textured. It’s teasingly aromatic with plenty of peach, apricot and spring blossom. I love wines like this.
The 2019 Domaine de l’Ostal Rosé from the heart of the Languedoc boasts impeccable pedigree, owned as it is by the fabled Cazes family, proprietors of mighty Ch. Lynch-Bages. An equal blend of Grenache and Syrah it has plenty of weighty ripe, sweet fruit in the mouth and finishes perfectly dry. You’re having smoked salmon right? Then this is the ideal match.
A powerful blend of Syrah (mainly) and Carignan, the 2018 Ch. de l’Herbe Sainte ‘Tradition’ is typical Minervois fare. With rich, dark fruit and plenty of spice, liquorice and scented scrub and herbs, it’s nothing if not complex and satisfying, making a great match for roast rib of beef.
The 2018 Domaine André Colonge Fleurie could hardly be more different, being delicately perfumed, soft, silky and almost indecently succulent, crammed as it is with luscious red and black fruit. It’s such a great pleasure, Beaujolais as fine as this.
You would be hard-pressed to get a better value festive Pinot Noir than the 2018 Albert Bichot ‘Secret de Famille’. Made from 100 per cent Côtes de Nuits fruit, it’s extremely approachable and gratifyingly grown up with plummy fruit and a savoury finish. It’s that rarity: fine Burgundy at a fair price.
Jonathan Ray Wine Spectator
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SOMMELIER SELECTION, ‘LAST FEW’ AND GIFTS
These lovely wines and gifts are stored in our cellar in Clapham, ready for immediate dispatch (and drinking)! If we have less than 12 bottles, the display will show the number available today. If you’d like more than the number shown, or it’s shown as ‘Out of Stock’ / ‘Email to order’, just call us or drop us an email to confirm your order and delivery schedule, as our winemakers send us fresh stocks frequently.
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