Give the gift of wine this Christmas
Bordeaux Magazine US
December 17, 2018

Give the gift of wine this Christmas

Looking for last minute gift ideas but don’t know where to start? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a thoughtful wine present for everyone on your list, and it won’t break your bank either!

Did you know that wine is the nation’s favourite drink to take to a Christmas party? But many of us are often left overwhelmed and confused when picking their tipple. As our research has shown, over a quarter of us don’t know much about wine and buy based on what ‘looks good’ or whatever is on special offer. When it comes to giving wine as presents, many bottles end up being re-gifted.

That’s why we are here to help. From dry whites, rosés, sparkling Crémants, fruit-forward reds to sweet Sauternes, there’s a Bordeaux wine to suit all of your Christmas gifts. Elegant and affordable, these delicious wines are taken from the 2018 Everyday Bordeaux Selection, a range of over 100 wines selected by a panel of independent experts. All wines are available online or in-store and are certain to keep your dear ones happy over the festive season.

Here’s our quick gift guide :

For the sparkling wine lovers

Made beneath 13th century cloisters in the heart of St. Émilion, this stylish Les Cordeliers Crémant de Bordeaux is the perfect drink to serve at Christmas parties, either on its own or alongside canapés. With evocative white fruit aromas, this dry sparkling wine is very expressive on the palate, with a fine mousse and a fresh finish.

For those with a sweet tooth

Go for a Tesco Premières Côtes de Bordeaux – this wine is made from late picked grapes, which were harvested by hand in mid-September. This lighter sweet wine is full of flavours of peach and honey, balanced out with a refreshing citrus finish. It pairs beautifully with cheese, fruity desserts or as a more surprising pairing try it with Asian food. It’s price will positively surprise you as well!

For the most mature members of your family

Grown on blue-grey clay soil running through a 60 year old patch of vines, carefully vinified Merlot and Cabernet from this plot create amazing cherry and berry fruit of Bordeaux’s right bank. Powerful and intense, with redcurrant fruit, a black olive edge and chocolatey oak this long and grippy red wine from Château La Clide Cuvée du Moulin will make your most demanding relatives happy.  

For the most delicate members of your family

Rosé is not just for summer! Beautifully light in colour, this refreshing Château Le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Rosé, with spice and redcurrant fruits, will brighten up the Christmas starters. This versatile wine pairs well with seafood and anything with spice. The main grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, and the intensity of its fresh fruit notes and drinkability will surprise and delight your dear ones. They might even want to keep this wine for themselves to drink after the festive period!

For the Sauvignon Blanc lovers

You will always find members of your family that no matter what choose to drink a Sauvignon Blanc. Surprise them with a nice, lively, easy-drinking Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc. The peachy, citrusy wine is fresh and delicious. It pairs perfectly with fish and chips so will come in handy after all the festivities too.

For everyone

An attractive wine with bright, juicy fruit and a mouthwatering finish, a red Bordeaux Château Malbat is an excellent value Christmas crowd-pleaser!

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