Dourthe for Christmas - available from The Wine Society and the Co-op
Christmas is a time to try out some better-quality wines - with good food and good company. These two Bordeaux, a mature red and a sticky, cost a little more but come with impeccable credentials, are good value for the money and won't disappoint.
Château La Garde 2010 Pessac-Leognan (£23,
The Wine Society) classic mature Bordeaux, with cassis, red plum fruit, spice and cedarwood; fresh and mineral with very fine tannins and a firm, muscular core. Drinking nicely now, will continue to improve for many years
Match with a Christmas roast, Boxing Day cold cuts or a beefy stew.
Château Roumieu 2014 Sauternes (£12.99,
Co-op - half-bottle) apricots, honeysuckle blossom, beeswax and candied lemons; sweet tropical fruits, sherbet, acacia honey, Sicilian lemons and overripe peaches with some musky beeswax.
Long, sweet-sour-savoury and complex.
Match with crème brûlée or lemon torte.