Usher in the new year with our selection of winter companions – hearty, rich and delicious bottles to keep you entertained through the long evenings.
We’ve curated a list of our thirty favourites which you can browse below.
2017 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages
Bordeaux France 0% White
Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle, Sémillon.
The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, which was slightly affected by frost, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, had been bottled the previous week. A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon and 19% Muscadelle and matured in 45% new oak, it has a fresh green apple and gooseberry scented bouq...(read more)Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
2019 CONDRIEU Côte Chatillon Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond
Northern Rhône Rhône France 0% White
I really liked the 19 Cote Chatillon when I tasted in Ampuis in January, although it had just been bottled. As ever the Bonnefonds seem to nail that sweet spot between light and floral and blousy and overdone. The nose is perfumed and floral, the mouthfeel more edges toward exotic satsuma,...(read more)L&S
2018 FIRST FLIGHT Viognier Domaine G&J Bott
Northern Rhône Rhône France 13.5% White
This bright, pure Viognier comes from plots high up above Ampuis. It has a freshness to it that is hard to resist. Clearly Viognier, but miles from the heavy, fat Peachy style which is all too common here. This is nicely aromatic but more in the feel of Malvasia. Early picking and sensitiv...(read more)L&S
2018 MAS VILELLA BLANC Autòcton Celler
Catalunya Spain 14% White
Malvasia de Sitges.
From a single vineyard of 100% Malvasia de Sitges. The soil is very poor stony, calcareous clay mix, at 250 metres of altitude and just 15 km away from the Mediterranean. Fermented and aged on the lees in a blend of Big French oak barrels and clay amphora for 10 months. It is a deep, conce...(read more)L&S
2017 PIESPORTER GOLDTRÖPCHEN Riesling Grosses Gewächs Weingut Lehnert-Veit
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany 12.5% White
The great location- the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen is one of the best and best known locations in the world. "Now another pageant should move into the vine theater, gifts from Bacchus may delight the wandering eye, where the raised peaks, rock groups, sunny heaps, lots of turns, wr...(read more)L&S
2018 KUMEU RIVER 'ESTATE' Chardonnay
North Island New Zealand 0% White
Michael Brajkovich conjures up superb chardonnay. This is one of Kumeu’s best-value examples — bright and richly textured, with nuttiness, indications of grapefruit and taut acidity on the finish.Will Lyons, The Sunday Times
2019 MAINQUÉ Chardonnay Bodega Chacra
Rio Negro Patagonia Argentina 12% White
Shows aromas and flavors of stones, sliced apples and pears with citrus and lemons. Honeysuckle and minerally undertones. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and deep. Round yet tight on the palate. Crunchy flavors. Drink or hold.James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
2018 DORSET CHARDONNAY Langham Estate
England United Kingdom 12% White
This is the first release of a still 100% Chardonnay from Langham and comes from the outstanding and sunny 2018 vintage. Made thanks to spontaneous fermentation the wine is unfined and unfiltered. On the nose it has aromas of kiwi and melon, with fresh salinity and wet stone on the palate....(read more)L&S
2016 CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
Bordeaux France 13% Red
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Tasted after d'Armailhac, and it's a broader, softer, blunter style, less focus, but more broad charm. Mouthfilling and satisfying, soft purple fruit and a bit of spice: really a very good wine. 2015 saw the creation of a second wine her...(read more)L&S
2016 CHÂTEAU D'AURILHAC Cru Bourgeois Médoc
Left Bank Bordeaux France 14% Red
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Quite intense and juicy with some red pimento powder aroma. Lots of breadth and fun even if far from the most concentrated on the palate. Racy.Jancis Robinson OBE MW
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