To make your life easier in the busy run up to Christmas, the Latimer team have each suggested a couple of their favourite wines which will be delicious for any festive occasion. Whether you are catering for the many drinks parties which were sorely missed last year, or looking forward to a family Christmas lunch, there is something here for everyone.
We have all the classics covered, from grower Champagne to delicious Burgundy; Rhône valley red to classic Christmas clarets as well as some of Italy’s shining stars. So, sit back, scroll through our festive highlights, and let us know what we can deliver for your enjoyment this Christmas!
Delivery, as usual, is free on all orders of 12 bottles or more and all prices are inclusive of UK duty/VAT. As ever, for any questions or queries regarding your festive drinking I am at the end of the phone or available by email.
The wines can be ordered directly online or by contacting your account manger. Please see our offer details below.
Michael Stobbs, Managing Director
2019 Macon Bussieres Le Pavillon, Domaine de la Sarazinière
My ‘house white’, I think this is the best vintage that the Philippe and Guillaume have produced. There is a beautiful balance of ripe apple fruit and crisp acidity alongside some mineral notes with a long delicious finish. This punches well above its price bracket and has much in common with grander wines from the Côte de Beaune.
2018 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Coquard Loison-Fleurot
Pure red fruit on the nose, very elegant, classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. This is perfectly balanced with lots of juicy raspberry fruit alongside a touch of spice. Expertly crafted and, with 3 years in bottle, is drinking perfectly now.
James Pymont, Buying & Trading Director
2017 Puligny Montrachet, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
Brothers Marc and Alex are at the top of their game producing some of the region’s most exciting wines. This is a classically styled, steely, mineral Puligny with a few years bottle age. It will give many 1er cru bottlings from other producers a run for their money.
2015 La Parde Haut-Bailly, Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
It is difficult to imagine Christmas without claret and this is perfect for drinking now. In vintages such as 2015 with good ripening conditions, the smart buys are often the ‘second’ wines and La Parde Haut-Bailly is often described as one of the very best. Using the younger vines but the same wine making team and facilities as the ‘grand Vin’ this is full of ripe red and black fruits, cassis, cedar wood and a velvet finish. Another wine that punches well above it’s price point.
Simon Herriot, Head of Private Client Sales
Champagne Dhondt Grellet, Dans Un Premier Temps Extra Brut NV (2017 base vintage)
For me, Champagne and Christmas go hand in hand; in fact, it is rare my hand is without a glass of the good stuff! Having drunk this 2017 Dans Un Premier Temps recently, I can whole heartedly recommend it over the festive period. Youthful with a delightful orchard fruit profile and mineral backbone; this is a serious Champagne from one of the great winemakers in the region. Not to be missed.
2017 Maranges, Clos de la Boutière, 1er Cru, Rouge, Bachelet Monnot
Clos de la Boutière is a fine vineyard in the underrated Maranges appellation. Offering impressive value for money, this classy Pinot is bright, fresh and bursting with pure red fruit. It is sooo moreish and drinking superbly now.
Caroline Brangé, Head of On and Off Trade
2018 Auxey-Duresses 'Les Hautés', Domaine Jean & Gilles Lafouge
A favourite “insider” domaine of both revered critic, William Kelley, and all the Latimer team. This Auxey-Duresses 'Les Hautés' is a “baby Meursault” and shows so well in 2018. A core of rich, sun-kissed fruit combines with ripe acids for an expansive finish, making it very food-friendly; although you won’t be able to resist a glass as an Apéritif.
2015 Ch. Puygueraud, Côtes de Bordeaux
Quintessential Right Bank claret and a go to for me at this time of year. This classy Merlot dominated red is simply delicious, brimming with plush sweet fruit, vanilla oak and polished tannins. A great crowd pleaser and the perfect match for the richer dishes of the season.
Jonny Cuthbert, Private Client Sales
2018 Cervaro della Sala, Antinori, Umbria
Sometimes you just need variety during a season of traditions. Antinori’s 2018 Cervaro packs a punch yet lacks no freshness. White fruit and flowers combine for a salty, nutty, mineral finish. A quality alternative to premium White Burgundy.
2019 La Rosine Syrah, Rhône, Stéphane Ogier
Don’t be put off by the humble Vin de Pays appellation, this is a serious and impeccably made wine from a top vintage. Brimming with hedgerow berries and strung together by notes of violets, dried herbs and grippy tannins, this is a mini Côte-Rôtie which is good to go now.
George Miller, Private Client Sales
2019 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet, Patrick Piuze
Patrick Piuze has long been a favourite of Latimer colleagues and clients alike. His 1er Crus remain great value and the 2019 Sechet is no exception. This would be excellent alongside some fish over Christmas. Lively, vibrant and pure, this is a superb wine that is incredibly versatile.
2018 Barbaresco, Piedmont, Ca’Nova
Having recently tasted this Barbaresco, I was struck by the elegance and the long, fresh finish. The warmth of the 2018 vintage makes this incredibly approachable in youth and allows the red fruit profile to shine through. This would be a great accompaniment for cheese or roasted meat. I would suggest decanting 45 minutes or so before serving.