Perfect wines for Christmas lunch

perfect wines for christmas lunchHere are our suggestions for great wine matches with your Christmas lunch this year – ‘hope we’ve covered what you’re serving (if not, let us know in the comments and we’ll come up with a cracker)

If turkey still has the top spot on your table, we’d recommend a traditional white and a modern red!

The classic white has to be a decent Chablis – the Chardonnay grape at its most elegant. Domaine Servin Les Pargues 2012 compliments the subtle, soft flavours of the turkey with its clean, honeysuckle freshness.

For red lovers, we’d recommend Split Rock Pinot Noir 2010 from New Zealand.  Again, the soft, cherry flavours won’t overpower the meat – and goes really well with cranberry sauce.

Beef – Château Le Coin Bordeaux 11 Mostly Merlot with a little of both Cabernets, (Franc and Sauvignon) this is rich and moreish (and also available in a magnum)

SalmonLes Dames de Touraine a classic Loire Sauvignon, refreshing and zingy

Nut RoastSula Nasika Zinfandel – this versatile red from India is beautifully smooth and very versatile

Roast Chicken and roast potatoesAltos de la Guardia White Rioja – this super fresh white with a hint of spice marries perfectly with white meat and all the trimmings, or McPherson The Full Fifteen Chardonnay‘s nutty complexity would also work very well

GooseGrande Cadole Coteaux Bourguignon – bursting with supple tannins and blackberry and blackcurrant flavour

Ham HockLitho Clare Valley Riesling – an intense citrus hit, from some of the Clare Valley’s best producers


About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.

4 thoughts on “Perfect wines for Christmas lunch

  1. We saved the three xv president reds for Christmas Day. We drank one as otherwise there would have been none available ( Hotel Christmas Day lunch special, we paid corkage ). We were not impressed but thought it a one off so we opened another today, Boxing Day, and couldn’t drink it. We have one and a half left. You comments would be appreciated, very disappointed in this 2012 wine as the previous vintage was lovely.

    • Hi Martin & Sandra, apologies for the delayed reply. I am just looking into this for you. Would you be able to send us an email ( or DM on Facebook with your details (customer number, email address and phone number) so we can come back to you. Best, Donna

  2. Well! Top Marks to Laithwaites… I moaned ( Above ) about our Christmas reds and immediately a nice man rang, I think his name was Matthew, and has sent us four bottles of a very decent red in replacement. The main thing with any business is, when you have a complaint, it’s dealt with quickly and kindly. Full marks Laithwaites.. Very Happy. We had the Flu over Christmas so postponed the big day until 4th Jan and the four reds have arrived already!!! What nice people!

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