Christmas calls for the very finest wines and spirits, and we’ve curated our ultimate mixed case with that in mind presented in a wooden gift box.
Each bottle has been carefully selected by our experts, from a wonderfully mature Château Cheval Blanc to an exquisite Clos du Mesnil from Champagne Krug.
These are bottles to savour, share and remember, long after the moment has passed.
1996 Champagne Krug, Clos du Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs, Brut
Krug's 1996 Clos du Mesnil remains one of the greatest Champagnes I have ever tasted. Deep, powerful and explosive, the 1996 possesses tremendous energy. The first signs of aromatic maturity are just starting to appear, but the 1996 remains driven by a range of citrus and mineral-drenched flavors. Readers lucky enough own the 1996 can look forward to many years of pure drinking pleasure. The 1996 is simply sublime. 100 points.
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Jun 2019)
2013 Colgin, Tychson Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard is a rival for the 2012. Opaque purple, with blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of incense and subtle toast, the wine has great intensity, incredible richness and, again, a floral blue- and black-fruited nose and flavor profile that is remarkable. The finish goes on for close to a minute. This is slightly more tightly knit than the more ostentatious 2012, but both are wines to taste and drink before you die! 100 points.
Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (Oct 2015)
2000 Château Cheval Blanc, St Emilion, Bordeaux
A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it. 100 points.
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Nov 2017)
1947 Vouvray, Le Haut-Lieu, Moelleux, Or, Domaine Huet, Loire
Gaston Huet's dark amber-clored 1947 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux opens with a very clear, intense and concentrated bouquet of super ripe peaches, apricots, and blood oranges mingled with fresh lime and coolish mineral flavors,; it is highly elegant and noble in its beautiful balance and intensity. Powerful, sweet, intense and very rich on the palate, this is an absolutely exceptional wine: dense, intense and finesse-full, with firm yet delicate tannins and an endless fruit intensity. There is mind-blowing balance, tension and freshness here. The finish is so pure and salty, so firm and intense that this quintessence of Chenin Blanc should go for another 50 years. 100 points.
Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Nov 2015)
1977 Graham's, Port, Portugal
Mid tawny. Slightly reticent nose of gingerbread, Christmas cake and dried cherry. Voluptuous palate, with silky tannins and spicy, figgy intensity. Integral, dark-chocolate finish. Overall, gives the sense that this still has another phase to go – I’d love to see this in 10 years. 18/20 points.
Tim Jackson MW, jancisrobinson.com (Sep 2020)
Lagavulin, The Syndicate, 40-year-old Single Malt Whisky
For me, peaty whisky can be measured on a spectrum which begins with “there’s just a hint” and ends somewhere around “putting my head into a fireplace”. This venerable old Lagavulin goes beyond even this, it’s like walking into a room where the night before a large peat fire raged and now just the memory of it hangs in the air. It’s still there and still so well-integrated, but beautifully mellow. There is still a clear, well-defined fruit profile too, and then that classic Lagavulin texture supports all of it. Remember this was distilled in 1979, back when their spirit was oily and rich in barley character. I tasted this in London last month and then got on the tube afterwards and the taste of it lingered on well after I had got off. A very, very memorable whisky.
Will Wrightson, Spirits Specialist, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Aug 2019)
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