Rossendale Free Press - - Leisure - ANDY CRONSHAW

LET’S talk turkey. Turkey, like pork or even ve­gan bean curd, is a bit neu­tral when it comes to wine.

There are a few pos­si­bil­i­ties for wine matches in­clud­ing both white and red but it de­pends on the gravy – red wine gravy would usu­ally re­quire a red.

Of course, you can blow the whole thing off course by whack­ing on co­pi­ous amounts of sweet cran­berry sauce too.

The ob­vi­ous choice at Christ­mas is Bur­gundy, which can ei­ther pro­vide a Chardon­nay to take you through the starters and main turkey-based meal, or a Pinot Noir that’s sup­ple and el­e­gant enough not to over­whelm the turkey. Pinot of­ten car­ries a bit of sweet­ness so might not jar with the cran­berry.

Douro wines don’t of­ten spring to mind when you think of more del­i­cate ap­pli­ca­tions but there are two here that are or­gan­i­cally pro­duced and great for the Christ­mas ta­ble.

Bouchard Pere & Fils Ma­conLugny Saint Pierre 2017 (£13-£15 Slurp, Ama­zon, the drinks hop) Wines from the Ma­con­nais are not as highly re­garded as those from the north in the Cote D’Or but then again, they’re nowhere near as ex­pen­sive.

The vil­lage of Lugny in this area pro­vides some of the best vine­yards for Chardon­nay.

This wine is tes­ta­ment to that with a flo­ral nose and a rounded, plump palate that fin­ishes with a pleas­ing tang.

Al­tano Vinho Branco Douro 2017 (£10 Ama­zon, the drink shop) An un­oaked blend of five Por­tuguese grape va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing Mal­va­sia Fina and Mosca­tel Gal­lego, made by port pro­duc­ers, the Syming­ton Fam­ily. This dis­tinc­tive white is per­fect for both shell­fish and turkey, with flo­ral notes and a tangy ap­ple skin scent. The palate has a waxy edge and trop­i­cal flavours with pineap­ple-heavy fruit salad brought into shape by crisp acid­ity.

Al­tano Douro Or­ganic Red 2016 (£12.40, Ama­zon, Waitrose, EH Booth and Co) An­other very dis­tinc­tive wine which is lighter than most Douro reds de­spite its con­cen­trated fruit.

There’s a leafy/herbal tinge to notes of parma vi­o­lets on the nose while the palate is fo­cused and taut. This will cosy up to turkey’s herby stuff­ing very well but will en­hance other dishes such as lamb and rose­mary.

Bouchard Pere et Fils Pinot Noir ‘La Vignee’ 2016 (£15.99 Ama­zon and in­de­pen­dents)

At the mo­ment, this wine is drink­ing with el­e­gance and poise but will de­velop fur­ther com­plex­ity in bot­tle.

So Ama­zon’s case-of-three of­fer for about £40 looks like a de­cent buy – drink one or two over Christ­mas and cel­lar the re­main­der. It of­fers some clas­sic sexy Pinot aro­mas and well-bal­anced har­mo­nious fruit.

A very af­ford­able in­tro­duc­tion to the de­lights of Bur­gundy.

‘This wine is drink­ing with el­e­gance and poise but will de­velop fur­ther com­plex­ity in bot­tle’

Bouchard Pere et Fils Pinot Noir ‘La Vignee 2016

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