As the nights close in earlier and a chill settles in the air, we’re drawn to the comfort of a cosy evening. And what could go down better than a delicious sipping wine? Even just a small glass will positively brim with depth and warmth.
Let’s begin with a typically French and beautifully sweet wine from the Bordeaux region of Sauternes. The absolute must from this part of the wine world is Château d’Yquem, a landmark producer of dessert wines; we have bottles from this property in vintages that go back to 1986, also including the exceptional 2005.
Whisky is a classic sipping spirit, and we have a whole selection, including a range from Dalmore, the Candid cuvée from Michel Couvreur, a 10 years old from the Arran distillery, spirits from the Domaine des Hautes Glaces (a farm and distillery in Savoie), and the M by Macallan, a collaboration between three master distillers.
Maury and Rivesaltes
Two estates in particular stand out when it comes to these rich drinks. There’s Mas Amiel, a Maury producer whose history was on the line during a card game two centuries ago. And l’Archiviste, whose complex Maury and Rivesaltes cuvées are available in perfectly matured vintages.
Port is one of the finest ways to round off a good meal, and we recommend the Vintage cuvée from Niepoort, an elegant and surprisingly fresh interpretation. We also have some bottles from Maison Quevedo, a domain that has enjoyed international renown since the 1980s; this is your chance to discover the Colheita cuvée, both in its 20 years and 40 years version.
We’ve just come back from a visit to Hungary, and couldn’t pass up on another opportunity to mention Tokay wines, golden nectars that combine seasonal sweetness with an underscore of fresh tension. Disznókö and Hétszölö are both outstanding producers of this regional specialty.