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Monday, 5 November 2012

Two Co-op Wines for Christmas

The Co-op, like most retailers, is gearing up for Christmas with special offers and discounts.

Here are two wines that they recommend for your Christmas Dinner and which are currently on special offer.

Charles de Cazanove Brut NV, Champagne (£31.99 reduced to £15.99 until December 4)

Champagne to start is always a good thing and no other fizz makes quite the same statement as Champagne.

This Charles Cazanove Brut NV is a pale golden yellow in the glass and initially quite neutral on the nose.

With air, some more toasty, yeasty aromas emerge and on the palate, there is ripe orchard fruit, good savouriness and persistence on the finish, pleasant mousse.

Pleasant, easy-drinking and well-made, this would work well as either an aperitif, with a light starter or even as a pick-me-up with Boxing Day leftovers.

Ch Le Bonnat, Graves, 2008 (£15.99 reduced to £9.99 until December 4)

A classic roast dinner demands a traditional wine and this red Bordeaux would be a good match for your main course.

Still relatively youthful at four years old, it is a translucent purple in the glass with just a touch of paleness around the rim.

There is spicy oak on the nose whilst the palate is ripe, soft and long with oaky vanilla spice, and some well-integrated grip.

Again, like the fizz, it is a nice easy-drinker.

My only complaint with these two wines would be that, however well made they are, they feel a little safe and lacking in individuality.

However, in a group setting with various branches of the family around the dinner table, that could well prove to be an advantage.


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