Jane MacQuitty chose a couple of L&S wines in her Christmas line-up – one Burgundy and one Claret, either of which would make a great Christmas wine:
“2010 Marsannay Huguenot, Burgundy, France
Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522), £19.95, special price for Times readers of £17.95 until Dec 15
Lea & Sandeman sells so many great red burgundies that it is hard to select just one. However, I have chosen this magnificent marsannay because it is such outstanding value. I loved this jolly, juicy red burgundy, whose vibrant, young, crunchy redcurrant and raspberry fruit is just what’s wanted for that cold Boxing Day collation.
2008 Château Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France
Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522), £22.95
It’s always sad when a grande dame of wine such as Madame Denise Capbern Gasqueton dies, but her legacy lives on in the flood of her vintages on sale here this winter. This is one of the best-value among them, with complex, deftly oaked, structured yet beguiling beefy, truffle, mocha and green pepper flavours.”
This latter wine is available in wood six-bottle cases, so would make a terrific gift too – £137.70 delivered. (Price if bought as part of a purchase of twelve bottles is £20.95).