What we’ll be drinking for Christmas – Our Favourite Wines

by David Porter

Merry Christmas BannerIt鈥檚 the busiest moment of the year for our team as we try to help everyone get the right wines into their glasses as well as the perfect presents into people’s stockings for Christmas.

Yet we’ve managed to snatch a moment of their precious time to find out what they will all be drinking once the dust settles from five o’clock tomorrow! So if you are still in need of inspiration scroll down for some ‘insider’ festive ideas and pop into your local branch for a chat.

Merry Christmas from us all!

Festive Sparkles

FULHAM: LARMANDIER-BERNIER ‘Longitude’ Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru NV This is so refined and fresh, but with a lovely generosity of texture. Pure and intense this is perfect as an aperitif but will carry through beautifully to seafood starters.聽BARNES: 2009 WISTON ESTATE Cuv茅e Brut As we champion the best English Fizz, this is a fantastic new addition to the range. Delicious vintage stuff, with a creamy brioche character. We’re big fans of Wiston in Barnes!聽CHELSEA: GONET-M脡DEVILLE Blanc de Noirs Brut 1er Cru NV or BOLLINGER Special Cuv茅e Brut NV Definitely a fuller style of fizz – which we adore at this time of year! With a dominance of Pinot Noir and that lovely brioche finish coming from the lees ageing, a delicious rich and very satisfying glass of bubbly..
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A reviving aperitivo

FULHAM: DELICIOSA MANZANILLA Valdespino The most appetising of sherries, and thankfully also available in half-bottles, just in case the rest of the family haven鈥檛 embraced the joys of sherry quite yet!聽CHELSEA: POTOCKI WODKA: Having it most likely on the rocks, as the creamy, long aftertaste is best enjoyed in all its pure, undiluted glory. And now relax!
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Fresh whites

FULHAM: 2018 GR脺NER VELTLINER Hochterrassen Salomon Undhof Lovely minerality leading to bright fruit on the mid-palate, a crowd-pleaser that鈥檚 got enough depth to please any serious wine lover too!聽CHELSEA: 2018 SOAVE CLASSICO Montesei Le Battistelle: a great aperitivo white, as lightish in body and nice and dry or perhaps the 2018 KRATOS Fiano Luigi Maffini which has a little more oomph, but is still light enough that it doesn’t need food. Crisp, and perky with fine texture. Perfect!

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Foodie Whites

CHELSEA: 2016 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Canet Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot
It has to be Burgundy, the long, rich, buttery finish and zesty, citrus notes match any Christmas bird and all the trimmings so well!聽FULHAM: 2017 M脗CON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud聽An amazing value white Burgundy with plenty of acidity to stimulate the appetite and enough richness to support a hearty Christmas turkey.聽CHISWICK: 2014 MEURSAULT Narvaux Domaine R茅mi Jobard A classic for Christmas, it has to be a rich but balanced Chardonnay by R茅mi Jobard. Everything you expect, with notes of citrus and also hint of honey and nuts. This will work as a very classy aperitif on its own but will also match with a seafood starter thanks to his fresh minerality.

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Easy Reds

CHELSEA: 2011 MERCUREY 1er Cru Champs Martin Domaine Bruno Lorenzon: More serious on the palate than the Kiwi Pinot below but a classic wine for Christmas, with a lovely complex finish. 2015 TONGUE IN GROOVE Pinot Noir Cabal Vineyard: a slightly a more 鈥漮utside the box鈥 choice. An explosion of cherries on the palate and full of flavour, but light enough to have with some pre-lunch nibbles. FULHAM:聽2018 GARNACHA Bodegas y Vi帽edos Monfil聽Bursting with fruit and could hardly be better value. This bold Garnacha from Spain will handle any nibbles you鈥檇 care to throw at it.

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Foodie Reds

CHELSEA: 2017 GIGONDAS Domaine la Bou茂ssi猫re: The richness of the bramble fruit, the chalky tannins and smorgasbord of red and black fruit notes from the Grenache make this a hearty, foodie wine and that will perfectly pair with any rich meals over Christmas. Or 2004 CH脗TEAU L脡OVILLE BARTON 2猫me Cru Class茅 Saint Julien: Bordeaux is perfect indulgence at this time of year? This classically shaped vintage is delicious right now. Joyous, refined and sophisticated and has an almost endless finish!

CHISWICK: 2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni聽Sangiovese at its best. Supple and robust at the same time, this Brunello from Roberto Fuligni is an example of Italian elegance and 鈥済ourmandise鈥. It shows spicy, red fruit aromas deftly wrapped in soft tannins, with a deep, long finish. A French 鈥楥hapon鈥 (Cockerel) will be on the menu for my Christmas lunch and I look forward to opening this!聽KENSINGTON: 2016 FIXIN Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot An excellent alternative to the more pricey Gevrey Chambertin. This has great texture with elegant fruit. Perfect with the Christmas meal or even on its own…!聽FULHAM: 2015 POGGIO BESTIALE Rosso della Maremma Fattoria di Magliano聽Packed with savoury notes and plenty of rounded, polished tannic structure, as well as all the ripe fruit needed to stand up to all the bold flavours of a traditional Christmas lunch.Yum!

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Something sweet for cheese and Pudding

KENSINGTON: Christmas is definitely the time of the year to drink Port. The SANDEMAN 20 Year Old Tawny is perfect with pudding or cheese. This gorgeous, poised 20-year-old tawny remains a true ‘in-house’ fave, ‘just’ chilled from the fridge or cellar. CHELSEA: We’ll be treating ourselves to a vintage port, so perhaps 1983 TAYLOR or 1977 GRAHAM which are both on song right now; beautifully evolved but still full of beans.聽BARNES: 2015 CH脗TEAU TIRECUL LA GRAVI脠RE Monbazillac聽The very best property in Monbazillac, something a little bit different, another L&S favourite for years, it is a fantastic alternative to Sauternes, and even has a seriously festive looking label. As Robert Parker says 鈥業t is an understatement to say these are the greatest wines I have ever tasted from Monbazillac; in fact, they are among the greatest sweet wines I have tasted … from anywhere!鈥 Say no more! FULHAM: 2011 TOKAJI ASZ脷 5 PUTTONYOS Diszn贸k艖 Who needs actual pudding when this Tokaji is like pudding in a glass?! Don鈥檛 worry though, this will go with anything sweet as well as blue cheese.

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Our shops are all open :
23rd December – 10.00am – 8.00pm
24th December – 10.00am – 5.00pm
27th December – 10.00am – 8.00pm
28th December – 10.00am – 8.00pm
29th December – 10.00am – 5.00pm
30th December – 10.00am – 8.00pm
31st December – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Wishing you much Festive Cheer!