The 12 Best Wines & Spirits Gifts For Christmas28/10/2022
Choosing a luxury gift for someone can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, if you opt for an alcoholic beverage this can be a much safer bet - who doesn't appreciate a fine bottle of wine?
But what beverage should you select?
There are so many choices out there that choosing a simple bottle of wine or scotch can quickly start to feel daunting. That's why we've chosen to explore the best champagne, wines and spirits gifts for this festive season.
Spécial Cuvée NV (Bollinger)
Bollinger’s Spécial Cuvée will make a fantastic gift for a loved one this Christmas, especially if your loved one is British as roughly 30% of all Bollinger Champagne is consumed in Britain alone!
Spécial Cuvée is composed of over 85% Grand and Premier crus of the three main Champagne varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier. It’s described as having a very dry, rich flavour, and is often used to mark or celebrate a very special occasion.
Brut Majeur NV (Ayala)
Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (40%) and Pinot Meunier (20%) grapes, Brut Majeur includes more than 70 crus from all of the Champagne region.
It is perfect for an apéritif and pairs harmoniously with every course of a meal (e.g. white fish, shellfish, poultry or a cheese platter), making it the perfect drink for enjoying over a Christmas meal.
Impérial Rosé NV (Moët & Chandon)
Nothing marks an occasion like a bottle of champagne and you can’t get much better than Moët & Chandon. You’ll no doubt be aware of the pleasures it has crafted since 1743, and this Impérial Rosé matches up to the house’s exacting standards.
Perfect for gifting to friends, family or loved ones, the bottle has a bewitching bouquet of red fruits, including wild strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. There is even a limited edition brass-cased bottle which pays tribute to refined Art de Vivre.
Brut NV (Veuve Clicquot)
Veuve Clicquot is throwing it back to the retro movement with the Clicquot Tape edition of its Brut champagne. The limited-edition cassette case that you can personalise to make your own is both fun and decorative, and also makes a solid Christmas gift for a passionate yet sentimental wine enthusiast.
Cuvée Saint (AIX)
AIX is made in the Provence region of France, just an hour North-East of the historical city of Aix-en-Provence. The Provence region is known for making the best rosés in the world, including Cuvée Saint AIX.
Cuvée Saint is a well-balanced premium Provence rosé that has been acknowledged with several gold awards over the past years. Its nose is fresh and fragrant, delicate yet youthful with sophisticated notes of fresh red fruits, peach and subtle floral hints. The rich flavour of this drink makes it worth holding on to (unopened) until Spring has arrived, making it the perfect gift for any patient Rose lovers you may know.
Blanc de Blancs NV (Charles Heidsieck)
Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the consistently high quality of its wines. The current range is one of the most awarded collections of wines in the world, and recently won the International Wine Challenge (2022).
This non-vintage re-edition of Charles Heidsieck's Blanc de Blancs is a blend of 80% wines produced from the harvest of 2012 (100% Chardonnay) and 20% réserves that have been aged, on average, for 5 years - this gives the drink a fresh, taut taste with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.
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