A festive table calls for the best wines… a fact not lost on iDealwine connoisseurs, who always take great care to select that special something which will bring a meal to life. Maybe you’re short of a great Champagne, an indulgent treat, a luscious dessert wine or just one of our special gems? If so, this sale is just the thing for you.
It’s the perfect festive drink to be opened as an apéritif to accompany a foie gras – or perhaps, for the fortunate few, a spot of caviar. We’ve catered for all champagne lovers: light or indulgent bubbles, champagnes from the big names and the small growers – and, of course, larger bottle sizes for big (or thirsty) families… Ruinart, Drappier (and its Grande Sendrée 2008), Deutz, Krug and Bollinger are all present and correct. And here at iDealwine, when we think of Bollinger, we think of Special Cuvée… but also Grande Année 2005, and even Vieilles Vignes Françaises 1992. And what about something for the connoisseur’s table? For this sale, we have a roll-call of Champagne’s most talented growers: Jacquesson, Larmandier Bernier, Agrapart, Francis Boulard, Laherte Frère and even De Sousa… the stuff of dreams. We even have an exceptional lot of 3 bottles of Selosse on sale. And we can’t finish without recommending the champagnes from Charlot and Jeaunaux Robin; superb, beautifully-made wines with light bubbles. What’s more, at prices like these, you won’t even need to wait until Christmas to get your champagne glasses out. ;).
Legends of Bordeaux
What better to go with your Christmas pigeon, beef or game than a great Bordeaux at its peak? We have a series of Right Bank legends… Châteaux Figeac and Ausone from Saint-Emilion, Le Pin, Lafleur and even Petrus from Pomerol… and, representing the Left Bank, Haut-Brion, Cos d’Estournel, Margaux and also Pichon Baron. But we could just as easily have mentioned a 2000 vintage of Pavie, a 1998 Valandraud or even a magnum of 2005 Haut-Marbuzet… And when it comes to great bargains, don’t miss out on a ready-to-drink Cantemerle from 2006 (at less than 30€), and a Haut-Condissas which would give the best Bordeaux crus a run for their money (at less than 40€).
You can’t have a Christmas meal without Sauternes, which is why this sale includes the best châteaux in a myriad of vintages (and in shades from golden through to amber). It’s rare to find wines with such potential for keeping at such reasonable prices. In reverse chronological order, we have: Nairac 2010, La Tour Blanche 2009, Rieussec 2003, a magnum of Fargues 2003, Malle 1996, Coutet from the excellent 1988 vintage and a multitude of Suduiraut vintages: 2003, 1989, 1988, 1975… However, there is of course only one king: Yquem, the sole Premier grand cru supérieur (available in 1991, 2005, 2006 and 2010 vintages). And iDealwine’s treasure at a sweet price is Domaine du Pavillon, an impressive Sainte-Croix-du-Mont available in 2002 and 2003 vintages for 6€.
Jewels of Burgundy
A French Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a Bresse chicken. So what about one of Burgundy’s finest signature wines to accompany it? We’ve selected Roumier, Mugnier and even Denis Mortet – wines which are normally as rare as hens’ teeth. Also worth pointing out: a Bonnes-Mares 1994 from Dominique Laurent, a Clos de Tart 2005, a Richebourg from Anne Gros, and also a Mazoyères-Chambertin from Dugat-Py. But wines from Burgundy can also prove to be affordable treats too. Take, for example, the Les Cloux 2015 Rully 1er crus from Pierre & Marie Jacqueson at 21€…
Oysters are a dish crying out for a great Chablis. Louis Michel’s 2012 Vaudésir grand cru will do the job sumptuously well, as will the 2015 Vaillons de Verget premier cru. When it comes to pairings with lobster, we’re torn between Puligny wines: a taut, mineral 2001 from the Domaine Leflaive: Les Pucelles or the very full-bodied 2005 Les Combettes. But if you’re not a fan of sweet wines with foie gras, we may have the solution to your problem… allow us to recommend the 1995 Montrachet from Ramonet.
Not to mention Belluard, Les Vignes du Paradis, and perries from Bordelet…
You’re becoming increasingly discerning when it comes to these gems from the Loire, the Rhône and other regions of France… and that’s why we keep expanding our range. This Christmas, you’ll be able to surprise your nearest and dearest with these fabulous treasures from the vineyards of France. With smoked salmon, the only reasonable choice is the immense Bois Saint-Andelin from Michel Redde, which some in Pouilly-Fumé have compared to Dagueneau… while from the Savoie, we have the pleasure to present the superb wines of the Domaine Belluard, and in particular the wonderful Gringets that he is one of such a select group to produce. Also from the Savoie, don’t miss the wines from the Vignes du Paradis. From the Rhône, the organic Côte-Rôties from Clusel-Roch are absolute must-drink wines. And for a light finish to your meal, straight out of the UFO category… may we recommend a perry from Eric Bordelet…?
Lastly, this hardly qualifies as a brand-new discovery, but our buyer Raphaël appears to have unearthed a new supply from the Domaine de la Taille aux Loups… a regular happy hunting ground for us. Oh, and you’ll have to be quick, but… the time is now here to fill up on wines such as the famous Triple Zéro.
From abroad, we recommend the 1993 Diznoko Tokays, the legendary Rieslings from Egon Müller’s Scharzhofberg, the wines of Foradori and Tentua San Guido, and also the vintage port wines of Quinta Do Noval.
Here at iDealwine, we’re getting that Christmas feeling just by leafing through this catalogue. Aren’t you? Happy buying!
Order now and get delivered asap. Sale closing on 15th December between 11am and 11.40am:
- Bordeaux – Christmas
- Burgundy Red – Christmas
- Burgundy White – Christmas
- Champagne – Christmas
- Alsace – Christmas
- Sweet Wines – Christmas
- Rhone – Christmas
- Other French regions – Christmas
- Non French Wines – Christmas