Santa's Little Helper Mixed Case of Six French Wines
We've picked a selection of great value, festive French wines that are perfect for your Christmas celebrations.
This collection of six banging wines includes a smashing dry fizz, two fab whites, two classic reds and a brilliant dessert wine.
Cuvée Francoise Blanquette de Limoux, Antech
This fizz comes from Limoux in southwest France and is made in the traditional method - like Champagne. This is called a blanquette because 90% of it is made from local grape Mauzac aka Blanquette. Made from grapes grown on vines between 20-40 years old. After its second fermentation, the wine stays on its lees (dead yeast cells) for eighteen months before disgorgement. This gives it a bit of gravitas to an otherwise Golden Delicious apple-style fizz with notes of hay and nutty pastry. Great with canapés.
Reserve de Gassac Blanc 2020, Mas de Daumas Gassac
A Viognier/Chardonnay/Chenin blend from the Languedoc that is soft and lush and great for those who like more gentle acidity in their wines. It has peachy, lemony tones and is a slam dunk for those who want a white with their turkey.
Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Les Deux Moulins
Les Deux Moulins source grapes from the central Loire Vineyards, between Anjou and Tours, with the focus on producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc in a lean, Sancerre-inspired style. This has all the grassy, white grapefruit tones you expect in its more premium Loire compatriot, but it's a little easier on the wallet. A super aperitif.
Bordeaux Superieur 2018, Chateau Bellecroix
Good value Bordeaux for any occasion. Fruity with notes of cedar and a decent tannic structure. It does need food - and would also be good with Turkey and trimmings for those who prefer red. Also great with some mature cheddar or comté.
Le Sabounet NV, Roger Sabon
A full-bodied Southern Rhône Grenache-led blend that punches above its weight. It's big and warming but very well-balanced. Mainly Grenache. The producer makes some top end Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and while we're not saying this is the same as this iconic wine, it gives a lot of satisfaction at a snip of the price. Your roast rib of beef will thank you for it.
Coteaux du Layon Carte D'Or 2018, Baumard
A honeyed Chenin Blanc from the Loire - moelleux, so gently sweet rather than unctuous and super sticky. Makes a nice match with a chicken liver starter, but equally good with creamy puds and some blue cheese.