Your Christmas Wine Guide from ELY WINE STORE
We’ve compiled a short list of some of our favourite wines for your Christmas day drinking. All the wines in this Christmas Wine Guide are available at ELY WINE STORE in Maynooth, and on our online shop.
Alta Alella ‘Opus’ Cava de Paraje Calificado 2014
Our favourite producer of sparkling wines in Spain, Alta Alella produce Cava on a whole other level. We stock three of their wines, and the Opus is our pick of the lot. Very fine bubbles, white peach and orchard fruit palate and a lightly nutty finish. Knockout presentation too – a Christmas wine you’ll be proud to pour!
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne NV
For years they were quiet over-achievers, but now the secret is out. Charles Heidsieck is the best NV on the market- full stop. Wonderfully elegant in style, it is the unusually high proportion of reserve wines in the blend that gives this wine its exceptional depth of flavour. A real treat!
Zarate Albarino, Val do Salnes, Rias Baixas, Spain 2018
An Albarino of distinction, it is less outwardly fruity than most, and all the better for it. Subtle peach fruit, lovely lemon-fresh acidity followed by a distinctly salty tang. Perfect with all shellfish or seafood, but smart enough to carry through the whole meal.
Birgit Eichinger Heiligenstein Riesling, Austria 2015
Germany & Alsace take most of the plaudits, but Austria’s Rieslings are increasingly impressive. As pure and fresh as an Alpine stream, this is one of the most effortlessly gorgeous wines in the shop. But behind that freshness is a remarkable concentration of flavour, all lime, grapefruit & pineapple, with a stunning, mineral finish.
Domaine Gerbaux Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France 2016
When it comes to Christmas, Chardonnay is the perfect all-rounder, and this is a quintessential white Burgundy, as comfortable with salmon as it is with turkey. Crisp acidity, rounded, almost creamy fruit, and subtle toasty finish.
John & Mike Favre Petite Arvine, Valais, Switzerland 2018
For something a little different, but equally delicious, this is one of the very few Swiss wines to make it to our shores. Starts off ripe and tropical, but across the palate it becomes salty, mineral and tangy. Unique, and definitely worth trying.
Domaine des Lizes Crozes Hermitage Rhone Valley, France 2016
Pinot might be a more traditional pairing for turkey, but Syrah works a treat too, especially when it’s this good. Vibrant and juicy, with fresh berry fruit, wonderful smoothness on the palate and a lick of pepper and spice at the end.
Blankbottle Master of None, South Africa 2017
The kind of blend that just doesn’t happen in Europe, this mash-up of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Pinot and Roussanne sounds like it shouldn’t work but it is a revelation. Pinot-esque in terms of weight, it is amazingly fresh and packed with fruit, but with an immensely satisfying savouriness on the finish. You have got to try it.
Izadi Reserva Rioja, Spain 2015
A superb wine for either keeping or drinking now, it displays those delicious characteristics we love in good Rioja -red and black fruit, sweet oak, spice, tobacco and liquorice. Medium bodied, but very full-flavoured, smooth and satisfying.
Izadi Rioja Reserva€22.00
Chateau Viaud Lalande, Lalande de Pomerol Bordeaux, France 2015
Outstanding value in right bank Bordeaux. Lalande is right next door to the more well-known – and more extravagantly priced -Pomerol. This Merlot dominated blend is everything that great Pomerol should be- rich, plummy and lush, with aroma of cedar and a texture like velvet.
After dinner treats
Quinta do Vallado 10 Year Tawny Port
Tawny Port is the great all-rounder when it comes to after dinner drinking. It has a nutty, caramelized character that often delivers buttered toffee and smoky vanilla flavours alongside dried orange, sweet figs, and mocha notes. Try it with hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Pecorino or Manchego, but it is even better with desserts- anything with toffee, caramel, nuts or even chocolate.
Pieropan Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 2015
For a seriously decadent treat there’s really nothing quite like a great Amarone. Pieropan are the hugely regarded producers of Soave, but are a deft hand at reds too. With a heady perfume of black cherries and sweet spice, the palate it is complex and rounded, with a powerful structure supporting the fruit and a lovely freshness on the finish. A wine with plenty of character and potential to age well. We reckon it will last until St. Stephens day at best…
Chateau Coutet 1er cru Classe Sauternes-Barsac, Bordeaux, France 2005
The Barsac region within Sauternes produces wines with a little extra freshness, especially so in this vintage. A classic style from one of the very best producers, there are aromas and flavours of sweet orange, peach and honey, with vanilla & spice on the palate. The finish is sweet but perfectly balanced, with an astounding length.
Feel free to contact us if you need help choosing Christmas wine gifts or a different Christmas wine for your dinner table.