As the holiday season approaches, it's time to think about the perfect wines to accompany your festive gatherings. French reds, known for their elegance and complexity, make an excellent choice. Here's a curated list of the top 10 French red wines to have under your Christmas tree this year.
A gem that shone at the 2023 London Wine Competition, this wine brings together the best of Bordeaux varietals. The Quintessence 2019 stands out with its soft attack, fruity aroma, and a smooth, spicy finish. It's a bottle that promises to transform any holiday meal into a luxurious feast.
2. Léon Perdigal Lirac 2021
Hailed as the best overall, this wine from Majestic combines affordability with exceptional quality. At £12.99, it's a choice that won't disappoint.
3. Chateau La Diligente Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 2018
Perfect for winter, this wine from Virgin Wines, priced at £16.99, brings warmth and depth to your table.
4. ASDA Extra Special Côte De Beaune Villages
A vegetarian's delight, this wine from Asda, priced at £17, pairs wonderfully with plant-based dishes.
5. Sainsbury's Gamay, Taste the Difference 75cl
Tailor-made for the Christmas table, this £9 wine from Sainsbury’s adds a special touch to your holiday feast.
6. Château Capendu La Comelle Corbières
An easy-drinking wine from Waitrose at £8.99, it's perfect for relaxed evenings by the fireplace.
7. M. Chapoutier 'Belleruche' Côtes du Rhône 2020/21
Great with food, this option from Majestic, priced at £12.99, enhances any meal.
8. Calmel & Joseph Organic Pinot Noir
Offering the best value for money at £12.99 from Waitrose, this wine is a smart and delicious choice.
9. Fete Bordeaux Merlot 75cl
The best entry-level option at £7.25 from Sainsbury's, it's an accessible introduction to French reds.
10. M&S Collection Margaux 75cl
Ideal for pairing with a cheese board, this £23 wine from Ocado adds sophistication to your holiday spread.
Each wine on this list, especially the award-winning Chateau Beauportail Pécharmant Quintessence, represents a fusion of tradition and innovation. These selections not only promise to delight your palate but also add an air of elegance to your Christmas celebrations. Enjoy the harmonious blend of velvety tannins and luscious berry notes, and make this festive season truly memorable with these exquisite French reds.