Victoria Moore’s Christmas recommendations at L&S in The Telegraph

by Charles Lea

From Victoria Moore’s column in yesterday’s Telegraph, a little raft of recommendations from our last tasting…

Domaine les Yeuses Vermentino 2011 France (13%, Lea & Sandeman, 拢6.95/拢6.50 mixed case price) Think herbs, hedgerows and citrus. If you like proper wine rather than one so mass-produced it鈥檚 all smoothed off at the edges, you鈥檒l struggle to find a better house white at the price.’

Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson La Pucelle Rully 1er Cru 2010 (13%, Lea & Sandeman, 拢21.75 /拢19.95) Rich, luscious white burgundy that鈥檚 shot through with bright lemon. Bring on the lobster.’

Lea & Sandeman Bordeaux 2008 France (13.5%, Lea & Sandeman, 拢9.50/拢8.75 by the mixed case) Congratulations to L&S 鈥 if anyone is making a better own-label claret I have yet to taste it. Fresh and alert, pin-prick precise, what I want to drink with a late lunch of cold roast meat or a smart kitchen supper. From the flatlands of Fronsac and worth laying in by the case. Superb. (Bad news – we’ve already sold out of this vintage except for a few Magnums and halves, good news –聽the superb聽2009 vintage is available at the same price.)

Ch芒teau Lauriol C么tes de Francs 2008 France (13.5%, Lea & Sandeman, 拢11.95/10.75) Lovely, light, fresh claret, clean-cut yet with masses of uplifting red fruit. Pretty. Made me smile on both tasting and remembering.

Rippon Tinker鈥檚 Field Pinot Noir Mature Vine 2010 New Zealand (14%, Lea & Sandeman, 拢54.50/拢48.95) Former champion skier Nick Mills has established himself as one of, if not the, best producer of pinot noir in Central Otago and this, one of his pricier cuv茅es, is spectacular, a thick stream of perfume with bass notes too. Pinot: the full orchestral version. (**this wine is on it’s way from bond, order now from one of the shops or from next week online.)