We were proud to report in the last issue of Grape to Glass that our buying team was named the best in the industry at the 2010 Drinks Business Awards. And now we’re offering you the gift of all that wine wisdom in the shape of the perfect Christmas mixed case…
Château Greysac 2006, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois
£12.99 or £10.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Greysac proves that there’s value to be found in Bordeaux in the shape of this classic Cru Bourgeois. With notes of cassis, plum and cedar alongside firm, food-friendly tannins, this is great now or at any time over the next decade.
Château Bourgneuf 2006, Pomerol
A great Pomerol from a top vintage at a truly bargain price. Bourgneuf produces very pure wines that are succulent and approachable in their youth, yet with the rusticity and tannic weight to age very well. With juicy black fruit and notes of charred earth and violets, this is a classic.
Ladoix Rouge 2007, Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils
Claude Chevalier creates the purest expression of elegant Burgundian Pinot Noir from the little-known Ladoix appellation. This powerful, racy red is bursting with fresh red berries alongside oak and white pepper. Delicious with all manner of poultry and game dishes.
Pouilly-Fuissé 2008/09, Domaine Cordier
£15.99 or £14.99* when you buy 2 bottles
A typically rich, powerful, complex white from one of the finest Domaines of the Mâconnais. This displays amazing purity and a wonderful balance between buttery richness and spicy oak, enlivened by lemon and lime hints. Enjoy on its own for hedonistic fun, or partner with fish or white meat dishes.
Trimbach Riesling 2008
Trimbach’s 2008 Riesling classically defines the style: precise lime and stone fruits on the nose followed by a firm steeliness on the palate. Intense yet with a fine delicacy – perfectly balanced and a great match for a wide range of foods.
San Gimignano Sangiovese 2007, Passoni
£9.99* or £7.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Utterly charming and certainly worth more than its modest price tag. Bright nose of cherries and dried herbs with a dense, silky palate of dark red berries and a hint of tobacco. Rounded on the finish by soft ripe tannin, all held together by balanced hallmark Sangiovese acidity.
Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009/10, Marlborough
£10.99 or £8.79* when you buy 2 bottles
John and Jo Stichbury are real Marlborough pioneers, making their first vintage of this wine in 1991; their family having farmed the region for five generations. This is benchmark NZ ‘Savvy’: aromatic primary fruits, but with the emphasis on purity, finesse, length and above all food-friendliness.
Rioja Reserva 2006, Muga
£16.99 or £12.99* when you buy 2 bottles
A constant fixture in the Pym wine rack, the Reserva from this family-run Bodega epitomises Rioja for me. Combined soft red and dark fruits are framed by vanilla and spice notes. The finish is supple but structured. Ages beautifully too.
Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2007, Napa Valley
£14.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
A drop of Californian sunshine. With lemon and white peach fruit married to fresh acidity plus a touch of creamy vanilla from good-quality oak, this beautifully balanced Chardonnay is never blowsy or overripe.
Matusalem 30 Yr Old Oloroso, Half Bottle New!
After more than 30 years cask ageing, this sweet sherry has developed a deep mahogany colour. Warm spicy aromas pervade the room and every sip delivers profound and complex notes of walnuts, raisins, dates and old oak.
Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina 2007
£14.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
With 50% Chardonnay in the blend this is a modern style Cava showing balance and finesse. Tiny bubbles, fresh light aroma, biscuity flavours and a long dry finish make this my favourite sub £10 fizz. As good as Champagne at a fraction of the price.
Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV
Simply the best non-vintage Champagne I have ever tasted. A 50/50 Chardonnay–Pinot Noir blend, aged on its lees for over five years for a Champagne that’s an exuberant blend of finesse and complexity. 2010 saw this consistent award winner pick up The Decanter ‘Best non-vintage Champagne over £10’ award.
*Prices are valid from 02 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.