An elegant gift containing a delightful trio of European classic styles, perfect for the festive season. Each will be a welcome addition to any dinner table, from smooth Gran Reserva Rioja to accompany roast lamb, through to St Aubin Premier Cru with chicken dishes.
Clos Saint Michel 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France: This is a rich, spicy wine from a classic blend of Rhône grapes. Clos Saint Michel produces some of the most consistent wines in this famous appelation. With scattered vineyards benefitting from the different solis of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wines have great complexity.
This excellent example would pair well with game or richer meat dishes. Domaine Gérard Thomas 2010 Saint-Aubin Premier Cru, Burgundy, France: This barrel-fermented Burgundian Chardonnay comes from one of the most esteemed producers in Saint-Aubin, Burgundy. It's typical of the local style of wine with a rich full bouquet and supple fruit.
The added roundness which results from the barrel fermentation would make this a good match for poultry in cream sauces. Baron de Ley Gran Reserva 2004 Rioja, Spain: This mature Gran Reserva delivers a remarkable aromatic intensity on the nose, with notes of ripe fruit and raisin and a smoky complexity. The palate is silky soft with wild herb, spice and toasted tones. A classic Spanish red that tastes delicious with lamb or duck.
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