Christmas dinner wine recommendations

Article date: 6 December 2011

We’ve selected a few highly recommended wines which we think will go with any Christmas dinner.

Red wines under £10

Mauregard Bordeaux, France 2010

  • Marks & Spencer
  • £5.99
  • “juicy merlot-dominated bargain, with its classic favours of cassis and pencil-lead, and its crunchy texture.” – David Williams, The Guardian

Ogier Lirac Reserve 2010

  • Co-op
  • £6.99
  • “For me, the Rhône hits the spot with turkey, and you’d be hard pushed to find a better bargain” – Fiona Beckett, The Guardian

Tesco Finest Cotes Catalanes Carignan 2010

  • Tesco
  • £6.99
  • “I’m breaking out into a new world this year. Zinfandel is a treat – or how about Carignan?” – Olly Smith, The Daily Mail

Anakena Single-Vineyard Deu Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile 2009

  • Majestic
  • £9.99 or £7.99 each for 2
  • “a very charming, approachably soft, sweet red fruit-scented match for a festive roast bird.” – David Williams, The Guardian

Red wines over £10

Odfjell Orzada Carignan 2008

  • Waitrose
  • £15.99
  • “Think smoke and wild berries – it’s arresting, intense and powerful. Crack it!” – Olly Smith, The Daily Mail

Domaine Besson Le Haut Colombier, Givry, Burgundy, France 2009

  • Waitrose
  • £14.99
  • “Racy, lithe, light and refreshing, it is full of ripe strawberries and raspberries, and is a worthy contender for Christmas dinner red.” – David Williams, The Guardian

1995 Château Les Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe

  • Majestic
  • £35
  • “a rich core of cassis fruit underscored by succulent vanilla, all the while retaining a freshness behind its seductively mellow fruit quality. A treat.” – Anthony Rose, The Independent

White wines under £10

Louis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay

  • Majestic
  • £8.74 or £6.99 each for 2
    “Chardonnay… was the best match for turkey in a tasting I did… a keenly priced alternative” – Fiona Beckett, The Guardian

Anakena Single Vineyard ‘Lilen’ Viognier 2010

  • Majestic
  • £8.74 or £6.99 each for 2
  • “a good-value option” – Olly Smith, The Daily Mail

Domaine de la Fruitière Chardonnay Sauvignon, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, France 2010

  • Waitrose
  • £7.99
  • “This is a graceful and zippily fresh white full of citrus and tropical fruit flavours.” – David Williams, The Guardian

White wines over £10

Pernand Vergelesses Les Combottes 2009 France

  • Marks & Spencer
  • £25
  • “Very stylish white Burgundy from the underrated Pernand Vergelesses” – Victoria Moore, The Telegraph

2008 AC Chablis Premier Cru, Mont de Milieu Sainte Céline

  • Sainsbury’s
  • £16.99
  • “inviting depth and richly concentrated fruitiness is defined as much by the ripe appley qualities of the chardonnay grape as the flinty, mineral-dry character from its location in northern Burgundy.” – Anthony Rose, The Independent

Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis 1er Cru Quintessence Minéral Rive, Burgundy, France 2008

  • Tesco
  • £15.99
  • “a benchmark chablis… at a very reasonable price for a wine from a top ‘premier cru’ site.” – David Williams, The Guardian

Sparkling wines

Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura Sparkling Chardonnay, Jura, France

  • Aldi
  • £6.99
  • “This is a really great value fizz from the Jura. Citrus fresh and with a touch of toasty richness, I’d choose it over many basic champagnes.” – David Williams, The Guardian

SanLeo Prosecco Brut, Italy NV

  • Waitrose
  • £6.66 (reduced from £9.99) until 3 Janary 2012
  • “It’s frothy and fun, but with really harmonious acidity, great appley fruit, and a beguiling softness of texture.” – David Williams, The Guardian

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut, Surrey, England 2007

  • Sainsbury’s
  • £19.99
  • “a delicate mousse and whistle-clean finish.” – David Williams, The Guardian

Champagne Bredon Brut NV

  • Waitrose
  • £13.49 reduced from £26.99 until 18 Dec 2011
  • “Sappy and spicy, this… is a real bargain at the offer price.” – Victoria Moore, The Telegraph

Bollinger Special Cuvée

  • Waitrose
  • £41.99
  • “a rich, creamy indulgence” – Olly Smith, The Daily Mail

Orpale Champagne Grand Cru 1998

  • Marks & Spencer
  • £50
  • “glorious, intense, incense-heavy and festive.” – Victoria Moore, The Telegraph