The Illuminations are up, 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.
JONNY SIMMONS - TRADE SUPPORT MANAGER
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. One I've been loving recently is La Taupe from Domaine Chavy-Chouet delivers this in spades, its everything I would want from a Bourgogne Rouge. Perfect!
MAX EDGE - BUYING AND OPERATIONS
The key to a successful Christmas? Keep the Chef happy. I'll be found in the kitchen for majority of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. All the prep and cooking is thirsty work so I need a tipple on hand and embrace my inner Keith Floyd. A refreshing sparkling wine that I keep coming back to year on year is Roberson's Crémant de Limoux. It offers such incredible value at half the price of most Champagnes but really delivers on quality.
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 'La 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.
TANGUY MARTIN - TRADE PORTFOLIO MANAGER
|Since moving to London from my native Rhône Valley, Christmas is always about enjoying some quality family time. It's a time of year where we eat many different types of food & entertain guests, so I like to have the wine-rack stocked with a variety of wines but if I must pick one it would be Domaine François Merlin's Côte-Rôtie 2019. Not only does it remind me of home but I think its one of the best wines of the Northern Rhone I have tasted this year. Delicate, elegant & vibrant with great fruit and savoury character. Whether its Goose, Turkey, Venison or a Beef Wellington on the table it’s time to get stuck in with a classy wine!