Crus de referencefor a very festive Christmas!

The end of year entertainments are synonymous with elaborate meals enhanced by memorable wines. But which wines to choose? Red or White? Looking for originality, novelty...
Le Sommelier helps you to prepare for your parties and festive dinners.
2017-11-01
Wine Review

ARTADI

Pagos Viejos 2010, Spain

The grapes come from five vineyards: Las Horcas, El Cerradillo, Villa-ba, El Molino and Carranajera, where vines are more than 50 years old. As for Viñas de Gain, ageing in barrels is 15 months. What surprises about this wine is that the fruit dominates, not the wood. The colour is a beautiful dark ruby red. The nose reveals mainly aromas of gooseberry and blackberry, with a touch of cedar. It is a softness that seduces the mouth, which ends in a rich and complex finale. Sublime with smoked salmon, goose, pheasant, cheeses (Manchego, Munster, Cantal).

CHÂTEAU DE FARGUES

2007, Sauternes

Château de Fargues 2007 has a beautiful golden yellow colour and a complex nose with aromas of candied fruits (apricots, exotic fruits), notes of citrus and a nice intensity. In the mouth, the wine is ample, silky and with a richness of remarkable honey aromas, showing a beautiful length supported by an exceptional freshness. Wonderful with warmed foie gras, roast pigeon with stuffed Foie Gras, Roquefort & fig, delightful on its own.

CLOS DU MARQUIS

2001, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

The Clos du Marquis 2001 attracts by its deep and shimmering colours. Wonderful perfumes of spices and tobacco leap from the nose expressing themselves magnificently in the mouth, with energetic and persistent tannins. A beautiful proof of the beauty of the soil of Saint Julien! Perfect for game terrine, venison or cheese (Saint-Aubray).

DOMAINE DE LA VIEILLE JULIENNE

Les Hauts-Lieux 2010, Rhone

Great name of Châteauneuf, la Vieille Julienne shapes deep, powerful and elegant wines, with great potential for keeping. The cuvée Les Hauts-Lieux offers a generous and nuanced nose, between blueberry, plum, elderberry, liquorice and woody notes. Beautiful on the palate, it is a powerful and muscular wine. Delicious with wild duck, roasted quails, game, cheeses (Emmental, Gruyère, Pont-l’Evêque), chocolate desserts.

ETIENNE SAUZET

Champ Canet 2014, Burgundy

This hundred-year-old or so family estate, produces white wines from Puligny-Montrachet which are well recognised by all lovers of great white Burgundy. The Domain produces a Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet focused on power: the old vines of chardonnay give a flowery and fruity wine full of energy. The mouth harmoniously blends amplitude and freshness, in a balance worthy of the noble Chardonnays of the Côte de Beaune. Superb with lobster risotto, Bûche de Noël, cheeses (farmed brie, Camembert, Epoisses).

DOMAINE GEANTET-PANSIOT

Les Baudes 2013, Chambolle-Mussigny, Burgundy

The Premier Cru Les Baudes is located just below Grand Cru Bonnes-Mares, on the other side of the route de Grands Crus. With a depth equal to that of its neighbour, this Chambolle-Musigny nevertheless retains the characteristic elegance of the domain. Revealing intense aromas of fruit thanks to the density of Pinot Noir. Already charming and of a good balance, it will keep brilliantly for many years. Great with duck magrets, Christmas turkey, cheeses (Beaufort, Brie de Meaux, Camembert).

PELISSERO

Tulin 2012, Italy

In this wine, t is very easy to feel how the Pelissero family gives importance to the terroir and is attached to traditional methods of winemaking. A beautiful dark ruby colour identifies well to the fruity nose. Indeed, the red fruit berries dominate and mingle with mild spices notes. The palate is creamy and silky with firm tannins that leaves a nice minerality until the finish. Delightful with mushroom risotto, Roast goose or Christmas pudding.

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