A round-up of supermarket wine recommendations for Christmas 2015

Article date: 27 November 2015

Christmas in a bottle

Once again we have a round-up of recommended wines for Christmas Day and the festive season. We’ll add more wines over the next few days, so keep checking back.

Champagne

Veuve Monsigny Brut (Aldi)

£10.99
“For about a tenner, this brisk bubbly from ALDI is a real find and my top choice served chilled for an aperitif this Christmas.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

The Co-operative Les Pionniers Champagne NV

£16.99
“Made for the Co-operative by the excellent P&C Heidsieck, it’s still fabulous value, still wonderfully rich and biscuity with incisive acidity and creamy mousse, and still the standout supermarket own-label champagne”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne NV (Waitrose)

£40 (buy online)
“the wines currently being made by this venerable house are never less than stunning”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Sparkling offers to consider

Lanson Black Label Brut (Tesco)

£20 until 8 December (buy online)

Tesco finest 1531 Blanquette de Limoux

£8.50 until 8 December (buy online)

Sparkling delights

Asda Extra Special Prosecco

£7 (reduced from £8.50 – buy online)
“A fruity beauty from Italy with lashings of buzzing bright refreshment. Yummy for a party.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

Aldi Philippe Michel Cremant du Jura 2012 (Aldi)

£7.29
“The best vintage sparkling wine on the UK shelves at this price. Made in the same way as Champagne for a fraction of the cost.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

GiBo Asti Spumante NV (M&S)

£9 (buy online)
“terrific fun, whether you’re serving it as a partner for fruit desserts, or with pastries and presents as a gently alcoholic (4.5%) start to Christmas morning.”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs, New Zealand NV (Majestic)

£14.99 or £11.99 mix six price (buy online)
“At the ‘mixed six’ price, it’s certainly a considerably better bet than most sub-£20 champagne, with lemon and apple, a touch of digestive biscuit and nicely creamy mousse”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

A match for Christmas starters

Taste the Difference Godello, Bierzo, Spain 2014 (Sainsbury’s)

£8 (buy online)
“apricot flesh and lemon curd richness to go with the salty freshness”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Chablis, France 2011

£12 (buy online)
“With toasty hints, lively orchard fruit and a rounded finish, this is one for a salmon starter”
Susy Atkins (The Telegraph – read the review)

Good with turkey (whites)

Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Viognier IGP Pays d’Oc

£6.74 (until 29 December – buy online)
“can cope with the turkey and trimmings”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Golden Valley Graševina, Pozega Valley, Slavonija, Croatia 2014 (M&S)

£9 (buy online)
“a rich dry almost viognier-like white that shimmers with ripe exotic fruit and honeysuckle”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Bellingham The Bernard Series Viognier 2015 (Majestic)

£12.49 or £9.99 mix six price (buy online)
“This honeysuckle-scented white tastes of plump, juicy apricots but finishes dry.”
Susy Atkins (The Telegraph – read the review)

Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau 2012 (M&S)

£23 (buy online)
“spicy, mouthfilling off-dry white: ripe quince, pear and a touch of peach”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Good with turkey (reds)

Aldi The Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2014

£6.99
“bright and juicy red fruit seasoned with spicy oak”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

CVNE Imperial Rioja Reserva 2009 (Co-op)

“Sleek, rich and savoury, this epic Spanish Rioja is the royal treatment for serving alongside turkey and all the trimmings.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

Château Belgrave Diane de Belgrave, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2008 (Co-op)

£12.99
“beautifully balanced with classic flavours of cedar, blackcurrant and graphite”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Querciabella Chianti Classico, Italy 2006 (Waitrose)

£18.99 (buy online)
“a savoury-truffle character, a touch of tobacco leaf, delicious red cherry and fine tannins to a very smart wine for the main festive event”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Domaine Lucien Muzard Premier Cru Maladière Santenay Burgundy France 2013 (Waitrose)

£19.99 (buy online)
“this beautifully modulated pinot noir has pure, bright red and black berry fruit, very fine tannins and a deftly applied swish of sweetly spicy oak”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Push the boat out

Domaine Font de Michelle, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France 2013 (Waitrose)

£25.99 (buy online)
“a savoury mix of spice, leather, black olive, and dark fruit”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Cave de Tain Hermitage 2011 (Waitrose)

£25.99 (buy online)
“Peppery, floral, smoky and powerful, the complexity of this wine is mesmeric.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

If you’re having duck

Meyer Pinot Noir 2014 (M&S)

£18 (buy online)
“a gorgeously silky pinot at Marks & Sparks… would be good if you’re having duck as your Christmas Day meal”
Fiona Beckett (The Guardian – read the review)

Good with beef

Taste the Difference Douro, Portugal 2012 (Sainsbury’s)

£8 (buy online)
“offering a floral prettiness to go with its deep and vibrant fruits of the forest and damson and juicy tannins for Boxing Day roast beef”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Trapiche Pure Malbec, Mendoza Argentina 2014 (Co-op)

£8.99
“plump black cherry, plum, black berries and violets tumbling out of the glass, while the tannins are delightfully supple and suave”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Party whites

Wine Atlas IGP Côtes de Thau, France 2014 (Asda)

£4.97 (on offer at £4.50 – buy online)
“this is a nicely light but zippy dry white for parties”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling, Australia 2014

£6.99
“Aldi’s own label captures the trademark hit of lime juice and citrus pith beautifully at a bargain price”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Paul Mas Clairette, IGP Pays d’Oc, France 2014 (Morrisons)

£8 (buy online)
“ripe and round with a mix of blossom and ripe peach and pear cut with citrus”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Party reds

Toro Loco Reserva 2011 (Aldi)

£4.99
“Richly satisfying for the price, this hearty Spanish red is spot-on to pair with party bites.”
Olly Smith (Daily Mail – read the review)

Tesco Finest Frappato, Sicily, Italy 2013

£6 (buy online)
“Tesco’s version is effortlessly juicy, with its cherry acidity and strawberry fruit working well with tomato pasta and festive cold cuts”
David Williams (The Guardian – read the review)

Comments

  1. Torch Cigar Bar says:

    Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is busy preparing for it already not just with glowing Christmas decors but also with the kind of food to prepare during this festive season. Wines are always present also and this recommendation from your post is a big help for us.

    29 November 2016

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