I have been on a bit of a Barolo and Manzanilla Sherry bent of late, so there'll be some of that… but some nice red and white burgundy would be well appreciated on our Christmas table. Not just on the table though… to find some in the Christmas stocking would make for a sensational gift for any avid Burgundy drinker.
We've said many times before that Premier and Grand Cru Chablis from a top producer in a good year are some of the finest white wines money can buy. This set of 2012 wines from Domaine William Fevre, crafted by winemaker Didier Seguier are just such an example, and with some superb critical reviews, their chalky, mineral acidity will be a real asset for Christmas dinner and ensure they evolve for 10-20 years in the cellar.
Romain Taupenot is a good friend of Jeff's - but that doesn't stop us being objective about his wines. Indeed, no less of a critic than Jancis Robinson identified Romain as one of the producers who fared the best in a vintage she described as "almost eerily charming." Romain's house style she describes as 'clean and fresh', something we should applaud in a region where long-time Burgundy followers will know this was not always the case. Not only that, but the wines are very fairly priced by Burgundy standards and make for an accessible treat for Christmas Day as opposed to other Burgundies of similar quality.