My Christmas wine line-up! A local feel with two out of three wines being from less than ten miles from my house, and the other with the Suffolk stamp of approval from Adnams. .
The highlight for me was the Horatio Sparkling Blanc de Blancs- congratulations @ukwinemakerwife on a superb English sparkling wine! Full of elegant bubbles with a creamy texture. It provided one very giggly Mum serving up Christmas dinner after half a glass of bubbles 😅🍾 And all the more lovely to know the winemaker, having picked grapes at harvest at their vineyard! Cheers!🥂 .
Next was @adnams’ Beaujolais, which I chose to pair with our three bird roast of chicken, pheasant and pigeon. I found this the most difficult pairing to decide yet, not wanting to overpower the delicate nuances of each bird. Which is why I moved toward a light, juicy and fresh Beaujolais. Traditionally more suited as a summer red, but I did feel that it was a refreshing addition and did its job in championing the meat, rather than stamping all over it. Any other suggestions for pairing with a three bird roast most welcome!
Finally, the @winbirri Bacchus 2015 which actually lived to see another day. The platinum best in show at the Decanter Wine Awards 2017 speaks for itself. This is the third 2015 I’ve got my hands on and I’m struggling to let go and open it up 🙈 although I do have a bottle of their 2016 also sitting pretty in the cabinet, waiting for it’s turn too...
Château de Chamilly - Mercury Clos de la Perrière 2015 '15 in Burgundy was a King amongst men of vintages for red wines.
Mercury, a tiny village in the Côte Chalonnaise, south of the d'Or is producing true value, rare in this overpriced area.
Sustainably made from 40-70 year old vines!
Ripe cherry and raspberry tending towards a plumminess, wrapped up in gorgeous tobacco-like oak components. Solid backbone of acidity and grippiness. This is an absolute stunner with Xmas dinner written all over it!
If this said Gevrey or Nuit St George you'd need a mortgage to afford it.