For the festive season, here are some tips on the perfect wine to match your perfect meal.
Champagne Charles Mignon Brut Magnum NV, France (£29.99, 1.5 litres, Aldi, while stocks last): Aldi has it all wrapped up with this impressive magnum. Pinot noir dominant, and the equivalent of two bottles, it is elegant and nicely biscuity with a full, rich finish, perfect to flow from the champagne breakfast right through to the Queen’s speech.
Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, New Zealand (£12.95, www.robersonwine.com): A crisp sauvignon blanc with a pungent nose, lush grapefruit and pretty lime and gooseberry flavours, it’s refreshing and impressive enough to run the course and serve with glazed ham on Boxing Day.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sancerre 2012, France (£12.49, Sainsbury’s): A Loire Valley beauty, this sauvignon blanc is expressive but subtle with mineral flavours backed up by herb and lemony elements with a hint of smoke on the crisp finish.
Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaulignot 2010, France (£16.99, www.virginwines.co.uk): Chardonnay lovers who like a sleek Chablis will find this wine fresh and beautifully balanced. There’s a honeyed note and rich mouthfeel with undertones of seashells and a harmonious, clean finish.
Rioja Blanco 2009, Finca Allende, Spain (£18.95, www.bbr.com): Pleasantly oaked with inviting ripe tropical fruit flavours, enhanced by lemon cream and guava, this classy white made from viura and malvasia grapes has impressive complexity and length to pair with turkey, bread sauce and roast potatoes.