The best of Christmas is the building up to the day, where finally you can indulge with your little treasures; looked after and amassed all year long.

Because of the large amount of people I tend to cater for, this side of the channel as well as the one from the other side, I usually have a wide selection ready:

Crisp and fresh
Albarino O Rosal 2010 Terras gauda; Rias Baixas; Spain
Putting together fresh; vibrant with White fruit flesh flavours- a favourite of Sommelier’s

Pinot Gris from Marlborough in New Zealand by Isabel Estate in 2010.

Riesling QBA 2009 from Willi Schaefer in Graach- the heart of the Mosel in Germany-lime; nettles; Granny Smith apples with so much minerals and bite- perfect aperitif and so food-friendly!

Puligny Montrachet 2009 from JL Chavy- the 2 Chavy brothers have split the estate, but I prefer Jean Louis’s wines.

Upper Class
Condrieu Poncins, f. Villard 2009; Rhone Valley; France
100% viognier from top wine maker with depth and bag of flavours attached to great texture!

Pinot Noir Terravin 2010; Marlborough; New Zealand.
Fruit; balance and great drinkability makes this wine a winner on all fronts!

Cote Rotie 2007 P&C Bonnefond; Rhone valley; France
Composed and slightly evolved; more games lover with juice and mineral drive.

Rioja Reserva 2005 Contino; la Rioja, Spain
Power and style combined with ripe fruit and elegant spices from oak-ageing… a must try!

Chateau Poujeaux 2004; Moulis, Medoc; Bordeaux; France
Ripe Cabernet Sauvignon aromas with liquorice and cedar-classy and mature; will seduce even the Pinot Noir fan!

Barolo DOCG 2004, P. Scavino; classified as modernist for the use of Bordeaux size oak barrel; this wine is also supported by a great classy vintage for the Nebbiolo. Deep and scented; it offers style; complexity and refined tannins that add to its angularity!

Yet another Pinot Noir; Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 1st Cru; Domaine Grivot 2008.

A vintage slashed by the press for its abruptness and ferocious acid structure. 08 was a late vintage at every stage; ripening; harvest; fermentation (alcohol) as well as malolactic and the wines needed to settle and combine; so the early tasters were faced by brutality and a sense of unfinished material. 3 years down the line and few pencils went back to retract those attacks and enhance the real virtue of the vintage. Sumptuous and poised; this eloquent yet stylish wine demonstrates the inner quality of the terroir and winemaking! If you can get magnums of this articulated monument – dare!

I wanted to give a possibility to purchase some cuvees that are usually reserved to the on-trade to our WineWeaver supporters.

For the festive season; my company opens the wine list of the restaurant to anyone- so you can order any of those with 40% off the list price; which enable us to line up with retailers.

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