Goedhuis recommends: December 2018
The festive season is now officially upon us and the selection below should see you through Christmas and New Year in superb style.
We have had a very successful Christmas tasting, with all the wines showing extremely well. Our December recommendations were the absolute stars of the evening. Enjoy!
2008 Moët et Chandon is a magnificent Champagne from one of the greatest Champagne vintages. Notes of honeysuckle and brioche and a wonderfully refreshing finish make a second glass hard to resist. We brought in a dozen bottles for the tasting hoping to have a couple left over for lunch the following day, sadly to no avail.
Both white wines are from top Burgundy domaines and offer incredible value. Droin’s Chablis Village 2015 is better than many a lesser domaine’s Premiers Crus. It is taut, mineral, zesty and energetic and showed fantastically well. However, Meursault Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 poured in magnum, was the top white of the evening. Jean-Philippe’s Meursaults are never overly flamboyant, instead they are refined, elegant and aromatic. The warmth of the 2015 vintage melts into the most divine classy fruit that glides across the palate. A very impressive cuvée for a Meursault ‘villages’.
The three red wines featured on many of the orders taken at the tasting. Nathalie Tollot’s Chorey Lès Beaune 2014 is packed with sweet red fruits; so pure, elegant and refined. Anybody who enjoys a lighter style of red will adore this little beauty. Réserve de Leoville Barton 2012 needs little introduction. This is a claret we have bought year in and year out for over 15 years. This second wine of Second Growth St Julien, Ch Léoville Barton is drinking beautifully now. The wine is fruit-driven, pure, with soft melting tannins. It is incredibly seductive and really opened up an hour or so after pulling the cork. Looking further afield, Caro 2015 has been a Goedhuis favourite since 2001. This Cabernet Sauvignon based wine, arguably one of Argentina’s greatest, is the product of a joint venture between Ch Lafite and Catena. After an hour in a decanter the sheer pedigree and class of this superb cuvée is evident – hugely enjoyable.