Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Christmas Wine Club

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Christmas Wine Club

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This is our second Christmas offer, and it is something of an experiment. Occasionally Spectator readers ask me to offer less expensive wines; others, by contrast, want costlier bottles, arguing that if they wanted cheap stuff they could go to a supermarket. So this week we are offering both: Corney & Barrow's first-rate house wines, each reduced to £4.57, plus a selection of superb, exciting wines for Christmas drinking.

The reds in particular offer quite spectacular savings. And there is the fabled Indulgence, by which C&B's managing director, Adam Brett-Smith, will knock £6 off each case if you buy three or more -- two or more if you live inside the M25. So, at greatly discounted prices, you can quaff very good wine and sip wonderful wine.

Spectator readers know all about the house wines and buy them in great quantities. The white 1, from Gascony, is big and lemony and satisfying -- perfect with food, but excellent for generous parties. The red 5is made in the Aude by the famous Lurton family and is based on the Carignan grape: it is fruity and spicy and smoky and warming.

First, we are offering a Pinot Bianco 2004 from La Tunella 2. This is a crisp yet luscious wine, with almonds and flowers, made in the very north-eastern corner of Italy. It's left on its lees to improve the flavour, and it is quite delicious. Reduced to £7.98.

Seafood -- smoked salmon, prawns, crab, oysters -- is one of the treats of Christmas, and should be washed down wonderfully with this Sancerre from the Domaine du Nozay 2004 3. As Loire Sauvignon Blancs are made fuller and fatter to compete with New Zealand, the Kiwis are beginning to add some of that flinty backbone the French do so well. This is an admirable combination of both. Reduced to £10.33.

Our final white is a real luxury. St Aubin is one of the smaller and lesser known of the Burgundy appellations, and as a consequence is almost always a bargain. …

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