During December we shared Thierry’s Festive 12 on our social media platforms. These are wines he has selected from our list to go with your meal and some just for quaffing! From recent scenes through our coffee window, some revellers have also shared Festive 13, 14 & 15, perhaps higher in some cases. All in all, it’s been a very merry High Street one way or another!
Thierry is very passionate about his wine and can spend hours researching and sourcing exciting new vintages, bin end reds and sublime whites once he has gone through the menus with our Head Chef Ben Johnson to see what is coming up for the new season.
Because the Festive 12 were so well received (Thierry is thrilled) we thought we’d put all the ‘deets’ here for you. We’ll keep it brief, just enough information for you know what’s coming at you from the glass. If you are out with friends in Lymington, dining or staying with us you’ll be able to identify the ones that tickle your festive fancy and find them on the list. If you see Thierry – he usually has at least a bottle in each hand – please do pick his brains if you’d like to know anything further!
We’ll start with the ‘merry and bright’ whites;
Urla Sauvignon Blanc 2014 £33
Great vintage, bursting with white florals, fresh herbs and stone fruits, hints of gooseberry, rich and succulent on the palate.
Rioja Blanca, Vina Cerrada 2013 £22
100% Viura grape from the Rioja region this is a dry fruit forward style of wine that combines citrus, pineapple and white fruit. Perfect with seafood, particularly scallops.
Picpoul De Pinet Roquemoliere £24
The perfect seasonal antidote! It’s zesty, fresh, mouth-tinglingly (I know its not a word, but…) lively and packed with bright green apple and lemon flavours, a hint of tangy fennel and herbs. For those days when you are taking a break from the meat!
Gavi di Gavi Ascheri Italie £33
Another exceptional wine from Matteo Ascheri – he can do no wrong! Flint and stone on the nose with a hint of line and greengage. It explodes in the mouth with tangy fruit held in place with underlying acidity and a perfect choice with sea bass and sole.
Gewurztraminer Trimbach 2012 £36
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! Full balanced and wonderfully aromatic, dry, exotic and spicy. Lots of lychee, rose, ginger and a brilliant accompaniment to our British Tapas in Burcher & Co!
Move on to the warming ‘fireside’ reds;
Lote 44 Malbec Quarto Domino £24
Deep black cherry in colour with vanilla and mocha aromas and full rich mouthful that goes down a storm with red meat such as roast beef, steak and prime rib.
Cotes du Rhone 2013 Domaine de la Janasse £28
Intense aromas of black cherry, Moroccan spice and leather give you an immediate and robust burst on the palate with fine rich tannins, layers of white pepper and kirsch. Lovely with venison!
Blue Eye Boy Shiraz 2014 £55
And coincidentally the big boy of our wine list! I know it’s a pricey option however it is Christmas and this wine is sublime, by far the best Shiraz I have ever tasted. A bouquet of deep blueberry, rich plum and coffee are chased up with chocolate, lustrous liquorice spice and creamy vanilla. It’s ripe, indulgent and a real experience.
Ladies who shoot their lunch Shiraz £45
Yes that really is its name… It has a vibrant violet colour, intense spice and mineral laced black and blue fruit aromas. Juicy on the palate with oodles of cassis and boysenberry flavours that get sweeter with aeration. It finishes with a smoky quality and a hint of dusty tannins. Great with game, obviously!
Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac 2009 £69
Sumptuous, deep purple-red pronounced blackberry on the palate. This spectacular wine is an absolute joy and will go with anything you have on Christmas Day – anything!
Cabernet Sauvignon Long Meadow Ranch 2010 £49
The nose has hints of blackberries, the briar patch, cedar and hint of smoky black tea. Well structured on the palate and refreshingly generous with additional flavours of dried plums, cherry and cola. Slick and smooth, a lot like Thierry!
And we’ll go out with a bang;
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV £85.00
Christmas and New Year wouldn’t the same with out the odd class of fizzy and this one is the jewel in our crown! This is suave, delicately balanced and deliberately seductive 100% Premier Cru Chardonnay is pale yellow with beautiful luminosity and striking palate of apricot, cherry and plum #winner