Unbelievably there are only FIVE weeks to go until Christmas! Why not take a look at our choices ahead of the festive season?

 

Tarquin de Burgh – Managing Director

Timorasso ‘Derthona’ Walter Massa 2020

Timorasso? No, we had never heard of it before either. Walter Massa is the man responsible for bringing this ancient white grape variety back to life and he deserves a medal for his efforts. It is a creamy, lightly spiced, honeyed, intoxicating glass of wine, which is packed with citrus, floral and apricot fruit flavours. Derthona is the ancient name for the town of Tortona where the grapes come from. Decant and drink over a period of time.

 

 

 

 

Chateau Beau Site 2016 St Estephe

Will Nicolson – Director

This is an impressive wine from the increasingly impressive Chateau Beau Site. There is a lovely concentration and depth to the bright, dark black fruit which has touches of cassis, damson and black raspberry running through it. Beautifully balanced oak notes of vanilla, cedar and tobacco come through on the palate which is full-bodied yet soft and mellow. It is hard not to love Bordeaux at this time of the year especially when it is this good!

 

 

Ross McKenzie – Office and Logistics Manager

  Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2009 Sauternes

The 2009 Lafaurie Peyraguey is a mid-golden wine with beautiful honey, apricot, barley sugar and orange zest flavours on the nose. There is great harmony to the wine with delicate oak flavours, spice and rich sweetness coming through on the palate. It is an absolute delight with a cheese board.

 

 

 

Fiona Holt – Accounts

Cremant de Loire ‘De Chanceny’ Brut Rose NV

We had pink crémant at our wedding and honeymooned in Saumur, so I have a bias towards this lovely giggly wine from a co-operative in the region that prioritises sustainability along with quality.  Like champagne it is Méthode-Traditionnelle and is a beautiful coral colour, deliciously dry with a fine bubbled mousse.  Add notes of brioche, fresh Scottish strawberries and heather honey and you have the most delicious breakfast, aperitif, dessert, party… all-round sparkler without breaking the bank.

Christine Nicolson – Marketing

Sybille Kuntz Riesling Spatlese Trocken 2015

I realised after this photo was taken that I recommended the exact same wine last year, but no matter! My thoughts on Sybille’s Spatlese still stand. It’s amazing! I particularly love it at Christmas time because it is complex and packed with fleshy stone fruit, honeysuckle and a sophisticated sweet spice which makes it the perfect accompaniment to all manner of dishes. Great with roasted white meats, nut roast and all the trimmings. It’s slightly off-dry so will even match with pudding! What more would you want in a wine at this time of year? With a big saving, it should definitely make your Christmas list.