Versatile whites and fireside reds from the Rhône, Loire, Languedoc & Burgundy.
Our all-purpose Christmas selection begins with a methode traditionelle fizz from the Loire that blends Chenin Blanc with a dash of Chardonnay. The two still, dry whites are (interestingly) single varietal Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from Vouvray and Chablis, respectively. Both are versatile enough to serve as an aperitif of partner more complex fish or poultry dishes. Another allrounder, the Yapp red (Cabernet Sauvignon), kicks off our reds and is joined by a ripe, light (lunchtime) Pinot Noir and a rich, spicy (supper) red from the Languedoc.
As ever, this 'Sommelier Service' mixed case (see here for regular wine deliveries) is also available as all red or all white.
This mixed case contains two bottles each of:
Saumur 'De Chanceny' Mousseux Brut
Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2018
Vouvray: Jean-Claude & Didier Aubert Sec 2017
Yapp rouge: Vignerons Ardéchois 2017
Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Rouge 2016
"The 2016 Faugères Impertinent is another character-filled wine from this estate. Smoked earth, garrigue, pepper, and plenty of meatiness as well as ripe fruit all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that has a classic, balanced, enjoyable style. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. 89-91/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Closerie des Alisiers 2017
Christmas Corkers Deluxe
Upgrade my Corkers to a 15-bottle case.
Our popular seasonal twist is that, for an extra outlay and a larger saving, you can add three marvellous bottles (for when the guests have gone) from the Rhône, Beaujolais and Corsica to create a bumper 15-bottle case. You know you're worth it!
The Christmas Corkers Deluxe mixed case also includes one bottle each of:
Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Le Grand Chêne' Rouge 2016
"Inky ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented dark berry and floral pastille aromas pick up exotic spice and savory herb nuances with air. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering fresh cherry, cassis and spicecake flavors given tension by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Finishes smoky and quite long, displaying repeating minerality and slow-building tannins. 91/100."
Josh Raynolds - vinous.com
Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2016
"A juicy yet complex and light-bodied red, with mouthwatering acidity accentuating the steeped cherry, raspberry tea and orange zest flavors. Accents of wild herb and mineral echo on the lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2024. 600 cases made. 91/100."
Gillian Sciaretta - Wine Spectator.
Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio: Domaine de Torraccia Rouge 2015