Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Champagne Philizot La Gourmandise d’Eleonore Brut NV Magnum
This might sound a bit daft after 20+ years in the wine trade but I have recently discovered the utter joy, fun, and frivolity of serving wine out of magnums! It feels so decadent, so fun and that you are really spoiling your guests. It's so much more of a showstopper than serving 2 individual bottles, certainly if you were going to pour the same fizz anyway. Next time you are having a dinner party and plan on kick starting proceedings with some bubbles then I recommend reaching for a bottle of this beauty! Elegant yet autolytic with classic notes of bread and brioche, this is a delicious example and I have already have one chilling in the fridge for my next guests.......
Lan D-12 Rioja 2015
This is a very moreish and seductive wine with lots of soft black fruit, bramble, vanilla and spice, due to the 12 months spent in both French and American oak, which is charming, well-balanced and doesn’t at all mask that glorious fruit. A smart, yet succulent wine that we enjoyed immensely over the Christmas period. A bit of a splurge but having guzzled all of ours I have splashed out on a couple more bottles. Pretty much my perfect red.