The lights are lit on Oxford Street, people are walking down the road with big trees on their shoulders, and the first doors of the advent calendar are open. Christmas time is officially upon us, and after all the doom and gloom this year has brought, it is definitely time for a hefty amount of festive cheer.
At Roberson we are working away like elves in the workshop, making sure all your orders are ready and on their way for this magical time of year. We asked our team to weigh in and share their top bottles of the festive period. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, or something special to open on the big day, our expert drinkers have some top suggestions to fit the bill.
DANIELA PIMENTEL - DIGITAL RETAIL ASSISTANT
Every year I find myself thinking of a special wine to have at my Christmas table, to enjoy with the family. So many great choices, how can I pick only one?! But well, I have to, and I have to make sure the one I pick will be remembered. After considering all the options, I’ve opted for Smith-Madrone, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. I love a wine that, besides being delicious, has a story to tell. 2015 was an unusually small vintage, the winemakers and teams had to work harder to ensure every bit of good fruit was picked, and the result was a beautiful wine of effortless elegance, packed with flavour, well integrated tannins, distinctive and complex which we can enjoy now or keep for a few more years.
MAX EDGE - OPERATIONS MANAGER
I love the crisp fresh flavours of citrus and pear that this wine showcases balanced with a saline minerality synonymous with Domaine Schaller's Chablis. The wine is incredibly versatile with food and is often found in my fridge door. Enjoy a glass with your Christmas lunch appetisers or make the perfect pairing with winter favourites like moules marinières or fish pie.
SIMON HUNTINGTON - COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Turkey might ordinarily call for a buttery white like a Burgundy or Californian Chardonnay, yet with all the Christmas trimmings, I find a red tends to work better. Line up some pigs in blankets, a rich gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce, and you'll love the juiciness and vibrant red fruit of London Cru's 2019 Pinot Noir Précoce. Précoce is a strain of Pinot Noir that ripens early, while still bringing gorgeously ripe, silky fruit - so it's perfect for our cooler climate. We may be stuck in the UK this Christmas - so let's make the best of things with our amazing local produce.
KEITH KIRKPATRICK - BUYER
Tasting hundreds of wines every year, it’s hard to remember all the highlights when putting together the mixed case for Christmas. But for me, Maxime Magnon’s 2018‘Le Bégou’ is always the first wine on the list. A wine that truly made me sit up, say wow and enjoy the rush of goosebumps the first time I tasted it. Grenache Gris and Blanc are probably not the first 2 grapes you think of when considering Christmas lunch, however, you may want textured but mineral and saline, complex and fresh, voluminous yet elegant, precise and long. La Bégou is all these things and more, every glass makes me happy, and it comes with the added benefit that you could pop open a magnum for the same price as a bottle of half decent 1er Cru Burgundy.
PATRICK ROBINSON - FINE WINE SALES
For me half the excitement of the Christmas period is Boxing day lunch, the extended family round the table tucking into leftover turkey and ham. For wine it is a day where value is often needed, but that doesn’t mean compromising on quality. A fresh fruity Bourgogne Rouge ticks all the boxes - wine chock full of crunchy black fruit flavours. The 2018 La Taupe from Domaine Chavy Chouet delivers this in spades, its everything I would want from a Bourgogne Rouge. Perfect!