We’ve been super busy with Christmas orders but I thought I’d write a quick note to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year; and thank you all so much for your support and business through this our first year, it really means so much.
Also thought I’d share the wines I’ll be drinking this Christmas and some pairings. Our Christmas tradition starts on Christmas eve with a baked vacherin. This is a rich and unctuous cheese, encircled in spruce bark which imparts a resinous flavour. Washed frequently for three weeks, it is then crimped into a box, forming its wrinkly rind. Sold generally from eight weeks onwards, it is rich and hedonistic. Vacherin Mont d’ Or is often baked till it is warm and runny, but it also enjoyed spooned straight out of the box (which is how the locals prefer it!)
I like to pair such a rich cheese with Domaine Michelot Meursault Charmes Premier Cru as a special treat, with notes of citrus and hazelnut, it’s just perfect to offset the vacherin. Alternatively and if your budget doesn’t stretch this far, our Domaine Sève Macon Solutré 2019 is an excellent substitute.
For the big day itself, we’ll be kicking off with our Charlier et Fils, Meunier Addict. 2014 Vintage Extra Brut – with just 4,500 bottles made we love the rich biscuity finish. For the turkey, we’ll delight in opening a bottle or two of the Immortelle Côtes de Roussillon Villages, 2017. This is such a surprising wine - the nose is complex with spice and clove notes, the palate is fleshy and mouth-filling with attractive dark fruits, plum and cassis; and it’s perfect for this pairing.
To finish with the cheese and Christmas pud, I’ll pull a cork on our Domaine Bousquet Malbec Dulce, Tupungato 2017 which is a soft but thoroughly pleasing alternative to port – I can’t recommend it highly enough. Rich aromas of cassis, blackcurrant and chocolate alongside marmalade and coffee notes. Full-bodied and moderately sweet with silky tannins, high acidity and a long finish.
Turning back to fizz for evening drinks (with Henry our Jack Russell as no-one else will be allowed this year!), we’ll pop a Somborne Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013 – I really think this is such a hidden gem and certainly one of the best value fizz we have. Get it while you can! Also a cracker for New Years Eve, it’s so very drinkable.
Boxing day if I’m honest I will probably go for belgian beers while we watch the rugby J but I hope these suggestions have been useful.
Merry Christmas to you from Dawe Wines. As ever if you need any pairing suggestions, advice or just a general chat about wine, please do drop me a line, I’d be delighted to hear from you.