ROBIN JAMES, Mr. Wheeler’s Wine Cellar
This year your table is certain to once again be laden with some fabulous festive fayre, but what about the wine? Some carefully chosen wines will complement your cooking and provide a great talking point for your guests. Wine sales specialist Robin James, of Mr. Wheeler’s Wine Cellar, picks out some perfect tipples to accompany your cuisine. To begin, no Christmas table would be complete without some bubbles. Robin suggests you try Brut Tradition ‘Blanc de Noirs’, Champagne Michel Guilleminot.
“It’s a true ‘growers’ Champagne made from 100% pinot noir grapes, all grown, produced and bottled by the Guilleminot family,” explains Robin. “This critically acclaimed sparkler offers a lovely weight, texture and complexity that completely defies its price. When Champagne is this good there’s no need to compromise, it really is delicious!”
It’s priced at £26.50 per bottle or £24.50 when part of a mixed case.
There’s nothing quite like Chablis at Christmas, and it goes so well with everything, especially seafood. Robin says: “Try 2017 Chablis, Domaine Séguinot-Bordet, Burgundy Fermented and aged in stainless steel to allow the fruit to be expressed in its purest form, our Séguinot-Bordet Chablis has a wonderful concentration of flavour and a classic steely minerality which is rarely found in Chablis of this level.”
It’s an excellent price too at just £15.75 for a bottle (mixed case £14.50).
If you’re looking for a rich red, Robin recommends 2015 Petite Laurence, Bordeaux.
“2015 was a fabulous year in Bordeaux and this is a brilliant modern example from that great vintage showcasing everything you’d expect from the most famous wine region of them all. Named after the river La Laurence which winds past the vineyard, the Petite Laurence has been aged for 14 months in traditional French oak barrels and is already drinking beautifully. It’s excellent to go alongside your Boxing Day beef.”
It’s priced at £13 per bottle (mixed case £12).
But for Robin, the star of the show has to be Rutherglen Muscat, Pfeiffer, Victoria.
“It’s a dessert wine which was showcased at a tasting in Essex a couple of months back and its literally flown of the shelves since. A truly unique wine from Australia, it’s guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. From the first drop you’ll be captivated by the wonderful aromas of rich, raisined fruit while the sweet caramel taste that lasts and lasts is simply divine. It’s Christmas in a bottle. Absolutely wonderful alongside Christmas pudding, but also versatile enough to go chilled with spicy tomato soup, chicken liver pate, honey glazed duck or festive blue cheeses.”
Why not treat yourself to a bottle for this year’s table at £16 a bottle (mixed case £15.25).
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Mr. Wheeler’s Wine Cellar Birchwood Road, Dedham CO7 6HX 01206 807913 www.mrwheelerwine.com