The TDS Bunch For Christmas Lunch

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The TDS Bunch For Christmas Lunch Comprises:

Apertif: Ayala - Brut Majeur NV There has to be 2 bottles of this delicate but flavoursome champagne so you can enjoy it whilst waiting for guests and still have some for when they arrive! Pinot Noir gives this wine richness and a long finish while Chardonnay, from the finest soils of the Cotes des Blancs, adds delicacy, liveliness and freshness. Pinot Meunier, mainly from the Marne Valley, gives this wine an appealing fruitiness and roundness. If you are lucky enough to still have some left on Boxing Day, enjoy it with your eggs for breakfast.

Nibbles: Lustau - La Ina Fino Sherry Bone dry and refreshing, this sherry should be served whilst warming into the evening with nibbles. For the nibbles, think Spanish - Tapas- Parma ham, green olives and salted almonds. Some shellfish still with its sea salt-tinge would also be a fresh start to the evening.

First Course: Louis Latour - Beaune 1er Cru 'Vignes Franches' 2009. With attractive garnet red highlights this wine offers up a complex nose of raspberry, wild strawberry, liquorice and pepper. Rounded in the mouth with a long finish, noticeable tannins but mellow. - Simply grilled Salmon or tuna, light pork dishes (especially if with oriental spice), or red meat carpaccios with delicate seasoning.

Jackson Estate - Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2012. Ripe yellow fruit with a mineral edge, all bound by a long and savoury finish. Being quite a fruity sauvignon, this wine will be able to match with a wide variety of light starter dishes- various salads that have a light vinaigrette featuring either goats or cream cheese or roulade and even the classic Parma and melon.

Main Course: Denis Lafon - Chateau du Grand Barrail Cuvee Prestige 2009 is a wonderful match with the traditional Christmas table offerings melting and fleshy with rich tannins and aromatic notes of blackberry and raspberry with harmonious woody notes.

Mas La Chevaliere - Viognier de la Chevaliere 2014 Perfumed nose of orange flowers with a spicy note. With ripe apricot accents in which a fruity roundness and refreshing acidity combine. Again, it is not just limited to the traditional plate- the wine will be very friendly with roasted or baked oily fish like salmon or cod, especially with warm spices.

Christmas Pudding: Chateau Partarrieu - Sauternes 2012 A beautiful nectar-like dessert wine. It has a honeyed character that will love the Christmas pudding. For those of us who have a real sweet tooth and can not stop at just one dessert, roast some peaches and serve with a little vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of walnuts.

Cheese: Andre Brunel - Cotes du Rhone 'Est Ouest' Domaine Andre Brunel 2013 Try to leave a little of the Partarrieu sweet wine to pair with the Stilton but if you just enjoyed it too much, try the Brunel - it has a very appealing ripe red fruit juiciness.

Defaix - Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2013 Yes, a white! Chardonnay is definitely the way to go with a mild cheddar - the rich creaminess with the subtle tang is balanced with the nuttiness and hint of tropical fruit of the wine.

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