Press Reviews: December

by Eve-Marie Letondel

 

Our latest press reviews: The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, Decanter.

Benefit from our case price discount in red by buying any 12 bottles from this selection – in a mixed case of your design or simply by the dozen.

This 拢13.99 champagne is a Christmas bestseller – so what is its secret?, The Telegraph, Victoria Moore, 22/12/2021:

Cremant de Loire Hauts Perrays

CR脡MANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
拢14.50 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘My money here would be on a wine like Domaine des Haut Perrays Cr茅mant de Loire Brut NV. This is a sparkling wine made in the Loire in the same way as champagne 鈥 meaning the bubbles are produced by secondary fermentation in the bottle. The grapes aren鈥檛 the same 鈥 Haut Perrays is made from chenin blanc, chardonnay and cabernet franc. But the taste is superb, honeyed and biscuity with a refreshing edge. Also, the label is very smart. And I know a lot of people mind about that.’

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How pink champagne became the toast of serious wine investors, The Telegraph, Victoria Moore, 21/12/2021:

COATES & SEELY Ros茅

COATES & SEELY Ros茅 Brut English Sparkling Wine
拢34.95 | 拢32.50
Review: ‘I recommend Coates & Seely Ros茅 Brut NV English Sparkling wine which is made in Hampshire and goes very well with hot-smoked salmon with cr猫me fraiche on crispbreads.’

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The wine, the fizz: what the wine critic will be drinking on Christmas Day, The Times, Jane MacQuitty, 17/12/2021:

2017 CHIANTI CLASSICO Castagnoli

2017 CHIANTI CLASSICO Castagnoli
拢20.95 | 拢18.95
Review: ‘If it鈥檚 turkey and all the trimmings,[…]Castagnoli鈥檚 2017 Chianti Classico, is a herby, violet-scented festive joy that would work wonderfully well.’

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The best champagne and sparkling wines to buy for Christmas 2021, The Telegraph, Victoria Moore, 14/12/2021:

Cremant de Loire Hauts Perrays

CR脡MANT DE LOIRE Brut Domaine des Hauts Perrays
拢14.50 | 拢13.50
Review: ‘Consider choosing this first-rate cr茅mant over a third-rate champagne. It smells of honeyed toast, tastes fresh and is moreish.’

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Gonet Medeville tradition

GONET-M脡DEVILLE Tradition Brut 1er Cru NV
拢30.50 | 拢29.50 (Seasonal Offer)
Review: ‘A beautiful and atmospheric grower champagne (meaning the family that made the wine also grew the grapes). Well worth seeking out.’

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The best red wines for Christmas, The Financial Times, Jancis Robinson, 11/12/2021:

2016 Heba

2016 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO Heba Fattoria di Magliano
拢15.95 | 拢14.50
Review: ‘L&S are not slow to point out that this Tuscan estate shares an oenologist with the famous Sassicaia. Pure tangy Sangiovese plus coastal warmth. Certified organic. Could be drunk without food. Should be drunk soonish.’

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Rasteau Escaravailles Les Coteaux

2018 RASTEAU Les Coteaux Domaine des Escaravailles
拢16.50 | 拢14.95
Review: ‘This sweet, accessible blend of Grenache with 20 per cent Syrah from a southern Rh么ne hillside is not for those seeking to reduce their alcohol intake, but it carries its 15 per cent surprisingly well.’

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2016 Caburnio

2016 CABURNIO Tenuta Monteti
拢18.50 | 拢16.50
Review: ‘An intense mix of Bordeaux grapes and southern Tuscan style, to be drunk any time over the next few years.’

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2015 Castagnoli Riserva

2015 TERRAZZE CHIANTI CLASSICO Riserva Castagnoli
拢29.50 | 拢26.50
Review: ‘Fully ripe Sangiovese with enormous depth 鈥 ripe fruit, medium tannins and great tension. Really exciting, serious, certified organic wine grown on a steep, terraced hillside that鈥檚 just coming into its own. Great with steaks and roast meat. Pure Tuscany.’

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Perfect pairing: top wines to match your Turkey, Decanter, Fiona Beckett, 06/12/2021:

Gonet Medeville tradition

GONET-M脡DEVILLE Tradition Brut 1er Cru NV
拢30.50 | 拢29.50
Review: ‘And frankly, if there aren鈥檛 that many of you, why not drink Champagne, which goes with everything. Gonet-M茅deville Tradition 1er Cru Brut was another that just missed the cut here. Save it for New Year鈥檚 Eve if you don鈥檛 drink it on the 25th.’

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The best white wines for Christmas, The Financial Times, Jancis Robinson, 04/12/2021:

2019 Mainqu茅 Bodega Chacra

2019 MAINQU脡 Chardonnay Bodega Chacra
拢39.50 | 拢35.50
Review: ‘Southern Argentine Chardonnay made under the guiding hand of cult winemaker Jean-Marc Roulot. It shows. Roulot鈥檚 basic Bourgogne would cost far more. So good.’

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2019 Autocton Blanc

2019 AUT脪CTON BLANC Aut貌cton Celler
拢15.50 | 拢13.75
Review: ‘The Catalan Xarel-lo grape can make sophisticated dry whites such as this one made from elderly, certified organic vines at an old winery south of Barcelona.’

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2020 Pazo Da Maga

2020 PAZO DA MAGA Karma do Sil
拢14.95 | 拢13.95
Review: ‘Brilliant value from the steep slopes of the Sil valley in north-west Spain, where viticulture is described as 鈥渉eroic鈥. Made from the great Godello grape.’

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The 42 best wines for Christmas: what to serve friends and family, The Times, Will Lyons, 01/12/2021:

Wiston Estate

WISTON ESTATE BRUT
拢29.50 | 拢26.95
Review: ‘Dermot Sugrue crafts exceptional wines down at Wiston in West Sussex. This NV is impressive for its sheer vitality and juicy energy on the palate. Crisp, savoury and packed with exhilarating citrus.’

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2020 Chinon Ros茅 Baudry

2020 CHINON Ros茅 Domaine Bernard Baudry
拢16.95 | 拢15.50
Review: ‘An excellent option for those who enjoy a drop of ros茅 around the Christmas table. Made by one of the most distinguished names in the Loire Valley from 100 per cent cabernet franc, it鈥檚 fresh and delicate, with plenty of light red fruit.’

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