Well I could not let this one go with only 12 days left until Christmas…..so here are just some of the wines I will be enjoying over the next fortnight and before my attempt at a dry January!
My top tip if you can find it:
Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 – it must be the 2010! Just google it read some of the reviews. Decanter Magazine gives it an ‘outstanding 95+’. I found mine on the bottom shelf of Costco hidden amongst the 2011!
Sticking with the reds:
Tour Chapoux Bordeaux Superieur – if you like Merlot, the 2015 has 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet and is on sale now in Waitrose @ the bargain price of £8.99
Gigondas Puech Morny 2015 – one of Lidl‘s new range of French wines @ under £10.00, this one is from the Rhone region based on Grenache but not too spicy. £9.99
German Pinot Noir – I have tried a couple of these and find them very clean and drinkable wines. I will certainly be keeping an eye out.
And ‘easy drinking’ whites:
At the quite unbelievable price of £3.99, I found this little baby in Lidl. La Meridionale – It is from South Africa and is a blend of Chenin, Grenache and Rousanne and what I really enjoyed was the lingering length/after taste. Serve with or without food.
Domaine Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2015 – a beautiful ‘aroma of lime flower and citrus blossom’ @ 11.5%, a lovely aperitif. Waitrose £6.99.
And finally, a delicious dessert wine – Vina Casa Blanca Late Harvest from Chile. If, like me, you don’t go for Christmas pudding and prefer to stick with the cheese, just try this. The label reads ‘honeysuckle, lychee, citrus, floral on the nose’; ‘rich and smooth with beautifully balanced sugar and acid made all the more interesting to taste with a touch of honeyed botrytis’! From The General Wine Company (also available on Amazon)
Enjoy. Merry Christmas.