Breakfast: Tradition dictates Bucks Fizz, freshly made with 2 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice, or why not try the Mimosa which is champagne and orange juice in equal measures – either are sure to get your Christmas off to bubbly start whether you’re serving bacon and sausages, eggs benedict, salmon or a lighter continental breakfast.
Aperitif: In France the aperitif is often a sweet white wine, and our 2015 ‘Le Sweet’ with it’s rich golden colour and citrus followed by honey and caramel is perfect. If not a sweet wine then try the Pierre Brigandat et Fils Champagne in our sparkling winter case with it’s creamy, lemony aromas on the nose and full palate finished with a sensation of crispness. It will pair well with whatever nibbles you serve.
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Starters: Our fruity, smooth and vivacious 2017 Blanc Sec Exceptionnel with it’s long clean finish will be a great compliment for anything you serve from light salads, sea food, fish, paté and even spicy starters.
Main Courses: If you are going traditional and serving turkey (it has been served at Christmas since the 16th century!) you have to take care not to overpower it as it isn’t a powerful meat. We would recommend the 2015 Cuvee Classique – it is bright and fresh on the nose and round and fruity on the palate but without any heavy overpowering tannin.
If you’re serving goose or a heavier red meat dish, such as beef wellington or lamb then our 2012 Cuvee Prestige will be perfect with it’s elegant and complex aromas, rich, ripe dark fruit and warm spice.
A vegetarian mushroom roast will need a heavier wine like our Prestige, but vegetable tarts, or anything with cream and cheese will need more acidity and you should serve a dry white such as our Exceptionnel. Our Classique will pair well with dishes such as a veggie lasagne and other pasta with tomato sauce.
Pudding: It has to be our 2015 ‘Le Sweet’ – with it’s unctuous sweetness balanced by a fresh acidity it will pair brilliantly with your Christmas pudding, mince pies and even with chocolate based desserts.
Cheese: You’ll be spoilt for choice with our wines to pair with cheese – try ‘Le Sweet’ with a salty goats cheese and other soft cheeses, our Exceptionnel with a lighter firm cheese, or either of our reds will be delicious with mature hard cheese.
Boxing Day: If you’re currying up the leftovers or serving cold meat platters with sauteed potatoes our 2015 Classique will be ideal.