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Dear Santa....Jennifer`s Christmas Wish List

17th December, 2015

Dear Santa....Jennifer`s Christmas Wish List

Our wine buyer, Jennifer Docherty MW, shares what she will be drinking this Christmas Day. 

“With my morning smoked salmon and caviar, I’ll be starting with Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millénaires 1995 - a complex and intense champagne that stands up to the traditional caviar accompaniments of chopped boiled egg and onion. The Charles Heidsieck Millésime 2005 is equally stunning because it has fruit in addition to rich brioche notes - the best of both worlds. Of all of the champagnes that I would choose to drink, Charles makes me the happiest.

After my mid-morning nap, it’s time to wake up the palate with Riesling. This year, I would pick the Grosset’s 2015 Polish Hill (or the Springvale 2015), but not to drink right away, rather to buy a case as a gift to myself to lay down for future Christmases. To drink now, Schloss Vollrads GG Schlossberg Riesling 2013 or Dreissigacker Geyersberg Riesling Trocken 2012 are both drinking beautifully and will not disappoint.

Getting more serious, Christmas is an opportune time to open some grand cru Burgundy. We have Domaine du Chevalier’s Corton Grand Cru 2011 and 2012 and several vintages of Laroche Grand Cru Chablis. I would personally pick the Laroche Chablis Réserve de l`Obedience or their Blanchots (2009-2011-2012). If money were truly no object, I would splurge for several bottles of Etienne Sauzet 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet or Chassagne-Montrachet. They are so fine and lovely. The 2011s and 2013s are forward drinking vintages (we have Puligny 1er Cru Les Referts 2011 & 1er Cru Les Perrières 2013, that I would go for). For grand cru reds, we have stock of the trophy-winning Clos de la Roche 2012 from Boisset and Richebourg 2012 and Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Mongeard-Mugneret as well as several Clos de Vougeot vintages including 2009-2011 & 2012.

Alternatively, I am currently enamoured with Barolo, having just visited our producers and driven through their dreamy towns. Vajra’s Bricco delle Viole is a particular favourite of mine (the 2011 is ready to drink now and is lifted and surprisingly approachable) but I also have to mention Massolino’s Parafada 2011 because it was tasting so well during our visit (we also have 2005 & 2006 in stock). If splurging with Massolino, the magnificent 2008 Vigna Rionda will not disappoint. David (Gleave) recently told me that Aldo Conterno’s Barolo Romirasco would be one of his desert island wines and having tasted it a few times lately (the 2008 is showing particularly well), I would have to agree. I can’t stop thinking about the next bottle, it’s so addictive. I can’t believe we have 2004-2005-2006-2008-2009-2011 in stock to choose from. Being in the region and tasting our producers along with others, it made me realise just how special and strong our Barolo producers are. An insider’s tip, the 1996 Granbussia from Conterno is currently on our fine wine list – get in touch while stocks last!

To finish, I would turn to the 1978 Terrantez (half bottle) from Justino’s. It is a very rare indigenous grape variety (it is difficult to grow so there aren’t many plantings left) that makes particularly fine, complex and layered Madeiras. Words cannot do justice to the complexity of this Madeira, it is a true showstopper. We also have the Valdespino Oloroso ‘Su Majestad’ (half bottle) that comes from a solera that was established in the 19th century. The sherry is on average 30 years old and the perfect end to what should be a fantastic day.

Happy holidays!”

Please note all wines mentioned above are available on a first come, first served basis while stocks last. Please get in touch with your usual contact or email info@libertywines.co.uk for more information on pricing and availability.