More Christmas treats & cases for giving

by Patrick Sandeman

More Christmas treats & cases for giving…..

I was recently interviewed by a young journalist, on behalf of a large Sunday newspaper, who wanted my聽views on the recent聽rise in popularity and sales of sherry. Her background knowledge was sketchy, to say the least, but I was really quite surprised by the fact that she knew little or nothing about the recent releases of rare batches of sherries (such as Gonzalez Byass鈥 Palmas Finos) or the numerous openings of new sherry bars across London. However, I was really taken aback when she told me that her research was based almost entirely聽on something聽she called聽the 鈥楧ownton effect鈥, and when I asked her to explain, she聽said it was聽because the聽Dowager Countess was always shown drinking sherry!

Maybe she is right, and it聽is obvious that a large part of the nation is suffering from some form of Downton Abbey withdrawal,聽as attentions have turned聽to a certain John Lewis commercial, in which a young boy endures sleepless nights in his growing anticipation of Christmas morning. The viewer naturally assumes this聽is caused by聽the excitement of opening his presents, only to find that it is fact聽the excitement聽of giving his present to his parents.聽 I am told that this has reduced some people to tears, which聽is melodramatic, to say the least, but it does not detract from the fact that in giving we all聽get so much more pleasure than we do聽in receiving.

So here we have a small selection of very affordable wines which will undoubtedly give you a great deal of satisfaction in giving to family, friends and loved ones, at the same time as giving them a great deal of pleasure. Many are in cases of six bottles, making it all the more affordable to share the love!

NOTE that the discounted price applies to a minimum purchase of any 12 bottles or more.

THREE great drinking WHITE wines to cover all festive occasions.

SAINT V脡RAN 2010 Domaine de la Denante 拢14.95 bottle, 拢150聽by the聽dozen聽**INTRODUCTORY CASE PRICE FOR DECEMBER** – only 拢12.50 bottle (normally 拢13.95)
Domaine de la Denante is a new discovery from Charles鈥 recent Burgundy trip and we will be introducing more wines from the domaine聽next year. In the meantime, this is a wonderfully good value white burgundy from a very good vintage,聽and a classic expression of Saint Veran, with notes of white flowers, bright fruit and a hint of sweetness mid-palate that makes it so drinkable. A perfect all-round drinking white burgundy for Christmas.

AC脷STIC BLANC Montsant聽2010聽Bodegas Ac煤stic 拢14.75 per bottle. 拢159.00聽by the聽dozen (拢13.25 bottle) Available in cases of 6 bottles.
This fabulous white from the聽Montsant district in the聽North of Spain is a blend of Garnacha, Pansal and Macabeo. Given only the lightest oak treatment it is packed with fruit and texturally very satisfying, rather like a Northern Rhone Viognier. A lovely change to the usual repertoire of white wines (and fabulous with lobster!).

CHABLIS 2007聽1er Cru For锚ts Domaine Moreau-Naudet 拢20.95 bottle. 拢227.40 by the dozen (拢19.95 bottle)
Chablis is one of the most versatile of white burgundies, and having the least ‘chardonnay’ character makes it one of the most聽refreshing too. This Premier Cru is now drinking beautifully and is a perfect match to smoked salmon and other fish, as well as cold cuts over the season.

THREE great quality RED wines which are available in wooden cases of six bottles

CHATEAU BEL-AIR 2006 Premi猫res C么tes de Bordeaux 拢13.95 bottle, 拢150聽by the聽dozen (拢12.50 bottle). Available in original wooden cases of 6 bottles.
This is the home of the Borie-Coiffe family, owners of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou,聽who have made significant investment in the property and vineyards. Made from old vines Merlot and Cabernet Franc this is an excellent value Bordeaux which is not at all unlike a modern ‘super’ Tuscan blend with its ripe fruit, sweet tannins and crisp finish.

MARQU脠S DE VARGAS 2005聽Reserva Marques de Vargas 拢19.50 bottle 拢215.40聽by the聽dozen (拢17.95 bottle). Available in original wooden cases of 6 bottles.
It seems like ‘Marqueses’ are two-a-penny in Rioja, but聽Marques de Vargas聽is undoubtedly the grandest of them all. This old estate in Rioja Alta only makes Rioja at ‘Reserva’ level and the wine is a fabulous example of great wines from the region. Very polished with ripe, warm fruit and a long finish.

CH脗TEAU VIEUX VERDOT 脡pigone 2008聽Grand Cru Saint Emilion 拢19.75 bottle, 拢215.40 per dozen (拢17.95聽bottle). Available in original wooden cases of 6 bottles.
A really lovely Grand Cru St Emilion for drinking this Christmas. Deep in colour and packed with聽rich, creamy fruit, this has an elegance聽and length that many a more expensive claret might aspire to.

COMING SOON: More Christmas treats – the Dinner party selection. In the Press – Jancis Robinson’s and other selections from L&S. A Vinous Christmas in the Sandeman household – Patrick’s typically boozy Christmas selection.

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Last orders for guaranteed nationwide Christmas delivery 鈥 Sunday 18th December (although we will do our very best to deliver orders received after this date, especially in the Greater London area).