Wonderful wines make it a perfect Christmas

Ogier Clos De L'Oratoire Des Papes 2012, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

Ogier Clos De L'Oratoire Des Papes 2012, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

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One of the joys of Christmas Day is the fanfare of food and wine, but choosing a ‘perfect’ wine to serve throughout the endless flavours, meals and courses can be less joyful.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to all-day Christmas wines well worth raising any festive glass to ...

WHITES

The Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013, New Zealand (£7.99, Aldi)

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a touch of class on Christmas Day with this fresh, fruity sauvignon blanc which has enough depth of flavour to make it a cut above many which cost more. Pair it with starters of smoked salmon.

Champ Divin Chardonnay 2013, Jura, France (£15.60, www.tanners-wines.co.uk)

A little gem from the Jura that’s fruity, fresh and food-friendly, this is a new-world style of chardonnay that’s expressive with plenty of ripe, tropical fruits and enough fresh acidity to make it a great match with seafood tartars and soft cheeses.

REDS

Chateau La Tour De Bessan Margaux 2010, France (£24, Oddbins)

A top-notch claret from a great vintage, this is pure, refined and smooth enough to drink now. The gentle cabernet fruit has floral aromas with blueberry hints, fine tannin structure and a gorgeous long finish.

Ogier Clos De L’Oratoire Des Papes 2012, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, France (£18.25, Sainsbury’s)

This young vintage is drinking beautifully with a nose of black cherry, spice and herbs. Ideal with white meat, it’s worth buying one to drink now, and one to lay down in the cellar.