6 Fabulous Festive Wines to Celebrate Christmas and the New Year

6 Fabulous Festive Wines to Celebrate Christmas and the New Year

The festive season is the perfect opportunity to sample new wines and Champagnes.

We’ve chosen a selection of 6 superb French wines that will provide the perfect aperitifs, and main course accompaniments, as well as a fine dessert pairing. Santé!

Sparkling aperitifs:

Champagne Gremillet Rosé d’Assemblage Brut NV (All About Wine £27.99)

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A blend of 70% pinot noir and 30% Chardonnay creates a basket of sun-drenched red and black fruits. Fresh and delicate with fine bubbles, this Champagne is on trend being both rosé and zero dosage at 9gr/l, minimum 22 months ageing. Delicious served chilled as a welcome drink.

Calvet Brut, Crémant de Bordeaux 2016 (Ocado £12.49)

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The new trend in French sparkling, Crémant offers regionally diverse fizz made in the same way as Champagne at great value price points. A blend of Sémillon/Cabernet Franc, made on the chalk/clay slopes of the Entre deux Mers this wine is fresh with yellow fruit flavours and appealing notes of brioche. A perfect start to celebrations to accompany festive canapés. 11.5% abv

Main course:

Château Cantin, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2014 (Waitrose £25.99) 

Château Cantin, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2014

Made traditionally, hand-picked and vinified in wooden kegs for 12-14 months, from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This ‘plush’ Saint-Emilion is laden with rich blackberry and cedar flavours together with a smooth texture; the perfect pairing with plump roast goose and game and refined creamy cheeses. 14.5% abv

Chateau La Fortune, Margaux AOP, 2015 (Oxford Wine Co £32.99)

Chateau La Fortune, Margaux AOP, 2015

Located an exceptional terroir, with hilltops of ancient gravel from the Pyrenees and the Garonne, Cha?teau la Fortune has great character and elegance. Comprising 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot, flavours are supple balanced with blackberry jam and licorice notes with a long finish. A perfect pairing with red meat, game and chocolate cake.

Cheese course:

Calvet Reserve, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, 2016 (Waitrose £9.39)

Calvet Reserve, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, 2016

A mix of 70% Merlot 30% and Cabernet Sauvignon, Calvet’s leading brand of claret is made by a dynamic young winemaker in a modern style with unmistakable Bordeaux character. Full-bodied with silky tannins and notes of gingerbread, caramel and black pepper. A perfect combination with aromatic soft cheeses like Camembert and goats cheeses. Vegetarian and Vegan. 13% abv

Dessert:

Calvet Brut Rosé, Crémant de Bordeaux 2016 (Ocado £12.75)

Calvet Brut Rosé, Crémant de Bordeaux 2016

This Rosé Crémant de Bordeaux is made in the same way as Champagne, with a second fermentation in bottle resulting in an aromatic blend of red berries, blackcurrants and bonbons. This intense rosé Brut is a fine, fruity wine that’s perfect as an aperitif and also a great partner for a French-style fruit tart. Made from a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 11.5% abv

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