There’s no better start to Christmas morning that a traditional champers like Charles Chevalier – it’s made with Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and has a lovely zing to it (£26.99). My choice for a good alternative is the Sparkling Piquepoul Extra Brut from Languedoc, in the south west of France.
For white wine options for the big festive lunch I’ll start with a white Chablis by Domaine de la Motte (£16.49). For a more extravagant taste, we have Domaine de la Motte Chablis 1er cru (£22.99) a slightly more powerful and rounded wine than its brother and packed with a lovely buttery taste and a long finish which will also go well with ham or goose.
Further choices include the Australian Chardonnays Berton Vineyards Eden Valley Chardonnay (£13.99) and Soldiers Block (£8.49). Don’t be scared about Aussie chardonnays these days – they don’t overdo the oak anymore so it actually resembles a Chablis but without the green apples. Both would be a good match for any festive bird!
Moving to the reds, two from the Rhone Valley would include the well known and loved Chateauneuf-du-Pape (£27.99) or Gigondas (£19.00). Grenache Shiraz Mouverde also packs the same punch and all of these reds have the versatility to match with beef, goose and of course turkey. As an alternative, Les Oliviers Grenache (£7.99) from Vin d Pays is a lovely soft and rounded wine which would also pair well with cheese at the end of the meal. Moon River Pinot Noir from Hungary (£10.49), is a lighter wine but if you are just having turkey or even a vegetarian main this will work perfectly. Lovely light body packed full of cherries on the nose – a real Christmas cracker!
For a special treat consider Beaune Premier Cru at £44.99 – a wonderful refined chardonnay from Beaune packed with flavour along with a big buttery finish, it will leave you wanting more. For a red, Chateau Haut Marbuzet at £45.95 From Saint Estephe in Bordeaux is a beautifully elegant wine with a long smooth finish. This will leave you with a smile on your face from the first drop to the last!
To finish – what better than a nice bottle of port? I would recommend Taylors LBV Port or give Taylors White Port a try, a lovely refined tipped gaining popularity – both pair excellently with your cheese board.
Merry Christmas everyone and remember – don’t forget to smell the grapes!
We have a range of Christmas Day Selection Mini-Hampers
based on Dave’s Festive Recommendations, beautifully presented in a Christmas Hamper box. Prices range from £45 to £90. Please contact us for more details or call in and view the hampers in our shop!