Christmas day drinking
So here's what we drank on Christmas day. A wide selection of stuff, in part reflecting the fact that our full household didn't include many serious wine nuts. Well, one actually. Here's the brief run down, left to right.
Champagne Perrier-Jouet NV - nicely balanced, quite savoury, fruity with moderate complexity. Went down easily.
Champagne Laurent Perrier Brut 1999 - attractive, taut, citrussy, moderately serious. Proper fizz.
Casillero Del Diablo Brut 2007 Limari Valley, Chile - the surprise of the day. Taut, fresh and lemony with lovely precision. Fresh and focused with sophistication to spare.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc des Blancs 2002 - I liked this quite a bit. Focused citrussy fruit with some toasty notes. Stylish.
Quinta do Noval 10 Year Old Tawny - lovely, almost Burgundian style of Port.
Chateau Brown 2004 Graves, Bordeaux - a Christmas claret. Very traditional gravelly style with nice fruit. Not flashy, but satisfying.
Marques de Riscal Rueda 2008 - lovely aromatic dry white - great thiols.
Hatzidakis Santinori No 15 Assyrtiko 2007 - rich but balanced with lovely mineral and melon character. Lovely.
Montana Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Marlborough, New Zealand - classic Marlborough Sauvignon. In this vintage, better than Cloudy Bay.
Fonseca Terra Prima Organic Port NV - this rocks. I've blogged on this recently.
Clos Baudoin Vouvray Aigle Blanc 'Vin Tris' 1989 Vouvray - even when out of form, this producer has made a long-lived, beguiling sweet Vouvray with real interest. Still tastes fresh and mineral.
Croft LBV Unfiltered 2004 - at £4 a half, this is good value. Croft are generally underperforming at the moment. Don't know why.
M&S Irish Stout - brilliant, much better than Guinness
M&S Christmas Ale - very, very spicy, with cinnamon and clove notes. Great with mince pies.