The 12 Days of Wine-Mas

iDealwine Christmas present

Here at iDealwine, we are getting into the Christmas mood which means that the tree is up in the office, Christmas songs are playing non-stop, and everyone is starting to think about the wines they will be serving with their Christmas feasts. One of our favourite Christmas songs sparked a few ideas. So warm up your vocal cords and get ready to sing your way through this blog post!

Everyone ready?

Okay let’s start!

On the twelfth day of Wine-mas my true love gave to me …

12 Romanée-Conti

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is perhaps the best-known Burgundy estate in the wine world and if it doesn’t hold this crown, it is certainly one of the region’s most well-known producers. It crafts red and white wines including its signature cuvée, Romanée-Conti, from the grand cru plot owned exclusively by the domain which gave it its name.

11 Château Rayas

Emmanuel Reynaud runs this 13-hectare estate in the southern Rhône. Its Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are bursting with cherry and raspberry aromas for the reds and the whites possess creamy characteristics.

10 Armand Rousseau

Armand Rousseau started this Burgundy domain in 1902 after inheriting a few plots. Nowadays, it’s his grandson Eric who produces the estate’s legendary red wines.

9 Château Lafleur

Located in Pomerol, Château Lafleur can count Petrus and Lafleur Petrus as its neighbours. Unlike other wines from the appellation, the château’s wines are comprised of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc which give them a particularly good capacity to age.

8 Georges Roumier

It has been said that there is not a distinctive style of this Burgundy winery, more like a Roumier philosophy that is followed. No fertilisers or herbicides are used, and grapes are harvested by hand when they reach the perfect ripeness. The wines are complex, uniting intensity of flavours and a certain lightness.

7 Jean-Louis Chave

The Chave family has been making wine in the Rhone since the 15th Century and today, Jean-Louis Chave is at the helm. He continues the domain’s distinctive style of wine, creating aromatically complex and deep cuvées.

6 Jacky Truchot

Wines produced by Jacky Truchot have become particularly sought after this winemaker retired in 2006. The wines possess a classic style, with considerable elegance and refinement with subtle tannins.

5 Grange des Pères

This bright name of the Languedoc region was  run by Laurent Vaillé from 1992 until his premature death in 2021. He worked using biodynamic principles although he never held any certification. His legendary wines , which gain global recognition from the very first vintage, are highly sought after.

4 Jacques Selosse

It’s time to pop open the bubbles! This 8-hectare domain is located in Avize where it produces around 60,000 bottles per year. The Champagnes produced here are known around the world for their purity and oxidative notes as well as their gingerbread and apple aromas.

3 Bizot

This small, family domain produces less than 10,000 bottles per year following organic methods. Opening a bottle will reveal beautifully pure fruit flavours and a silky, yet concentrated palate.

2 Auvenay

Lalou Bize-Leroy owns Domaine d’Auvenay, located in Meursault. Chardonnay reigns supreme here and the wines are reputed to be the best in the world. This title makes these vibrant, balanced wines  highly sought-after.

A Château Lafite-Rothschild

This historic Bordeaux château was classified a premier cru in 1855 and was bought by Baron James de Rothschild in 1868. Since then, it has stayed in the family and the estate now covers 112 hectares. The  complex and extremely refined wines are predominantly made  from Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot and a dash of Petit Verdot.

And now is time to sooth our vocal cords with a nice glass of one of these wines. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas sing-along!

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Jessica Rees

Jessica is the English translator at iDealwine. Alongside her work translating the blog, website and emails, she also writes her own articles for the blog. Hailing from Wales, she lived in Germany before putting down roots in France.