SOME WINE SELECTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE FESTIVE SEASON
Pairing wine with turkey can be challenging because, while the meat has a delicate taste, the accompaniments you serve it with can have a large variety of flavours.
A medium bodied red, and a full bodied white are good choices. Pinot Noir is low in tannins, light enough not to overpower the turkey and goes brilliantly with fruity stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Chardonnay can match up to the plate – oaked will add creaminess and richness which is lovely with turkey and bread sauce.
GOOSE & DUCK
Rich meats like goose and duck require a wine with more acidity to cut through the fattiness of the meat.
In addition, with duck and game, you usually find a fruity note in the sauce.
These birds find a perfect partner in Pinot Noir, particularly those of Burgundy.
Here are some I have chosen which will make a perfect accompaniment to the bird of your choice.
BOURGOGNE BLANC VALLET FRERES
Beautifully balanced , classic white Burgundy with a savoury, salty, biscuity nose and a restrained mineral palate. Creaminess on the nose with a long finish – £26
BEAUNE DU CHATEAU BLANC PREMIER CRU BOUCHARD
Aromas of white flesh fruit & candied citrus with a hint of brioche & ginger bread.
The palate associates richness, subtle oak, taste of dried fruit, rich and pleasant. – £42
PERNAND VERGELESSES VINCENT GIRARDIN
Rich with powerful & concentrated fruit with an exotic spicy character balanced by smoky oak.
Complex, restrained yet well balanced and which evolves to reveal layers of flavours including toasted hazlenut, almond and butterscotch. – £46
BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR DOMAINE PRIEURE
It extols the virtues of pure Pinot fruit with a captivating ripe perfume.
The palate is soft and silky with notes of cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours, balanced by earthy notes with mushroom and game. Light and supple tannins support the structure of the Pinot and lead to a ripe finish – £24
BEAUNE DU CHATEAU PREMIER CRU ROUGE
Complex bouquet of jammy red fruit, fig, peony & a hint of chocolate. Harmonious deep palate with a beautiful maturity & dense but fine tannins – £42
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES ALAIN MICHELOT
Powerful, aromatic, wonderful texture with complex flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant & smoke.
Long, elegant, flavoursome finish – £66
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