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.
Single Malt Whisky - 18 Years (Suntory Yamazaki)
The Yamazaki is the oldest single malt distillery in Japan, having been founded in 1923 by Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii. So, it's no surprise that Yamazaki is the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan and is sold in more than thirty-five countries around the world.
This whiskey is aged in ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and Japanese Mizunara oak, which adds to the strong notes of dark fruits, nuts and spices. Spiritual and deep, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world making it the perfect gift this season.
Blue Label (Johnnie Walker)
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the most prestigious whisky from the world-famous brand – only one in ten thousand casks makes the grade.
While there are many reasons for such high critical acclaim, a key factor in what makes this bottle so special is that it's aged in custom-made American white oak casks - This results in a velvety mouthfeel, then an explosion of flavour – hazelnuts, honey, rose petals, sherry and oranges.
Blanco ‘Criollo’ (Calle 23)
Calle 23 Criollo is a special, limited-edition tequila that any enthusiast would be more than happy to receive as a gift this season. In addition to its unique and distinctive flavour profile, it also represents a double announcement for the tequila founder and producer, Sophie Decobecq: the nectar was dreamt up and created to celebrate the arrival of her first child.
Made exclusively from a smaller, sweeter variant of Weber Blue agave, Calle 23 Criollo has a distinctive taste which improves over time. So, be sure to tell the receiver to take their time with this unique bottle.
Tequila Extra Añejo (Cascahuín)
Previously only available in Mexico, Cascahuín Tequila Extra Añejo is now more widely available and makes a perfect gift for a tequila lover.
It's rested in American oak barrels for 48 months, then further rested in 60-year-old vats for 4 years, giving this extra-aged tequila a light wood touch. With a rich flavour and notes of cooked agave, dried fruit, nuts, vanilla and caramel, the Cascahuín Tequila Extra Añejo also has a 43% alcohol content which adds to the flavour and creates a perfect pairing for a meal this winter.
Whichever bottle you decide to gift, whether it’s wine, tequila or whiskey (or all three), World Wine Services can help you procure whatever you need, so don’t hesitate to get in contact by giving us a call directly at +33 (0)618 39 29 38 or email email@example.com for more information.
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