The best of Winter wines
When the mercury drops look for full bodied hearty, warming wines with notes of spices. The kind of wines that we think are perfect for a fireside conversation. You need to think big and powerful for reds, flavoursome and aromatic for your whites.
Viognier and Roussanne are the two grapes that come to mind for winter whites.
Think Condrieu from the Rhone region, or chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
Our recommendation, Promesse de l’Ange 2013 from Chateau Sainte Marguerite in Provence, a delicious viognier. Ripe apricot, honeysuckle, white flowers, an oily texture with a nice delicate finish. This is a fresher wine than Condrieu (at a fraction of the price), with scents that one feels envelops the glass and the drinker. Only 3600 bottles produced yearly.
This is the perfect time for a Chateauneuf du Pape or a big and bold Barolo
Our recommendation : Chateauneuf du Pape La Nerthe 2011.
This is a very well made typical Chateauneuf du Pape, a masculine powerful wine with intense complexity of dark forest fruits, black cherry, spicy hints toasted and ripe notes with present noble tannins. It can stand next to any strongly flavoured dish, and will pair fantastically with your chestnut stuffed turkey.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays from the Monopole Wine Club