12 Favourite Champagnes for Christmas
Lay & Wheeler presents twelve Christmas champagne favourites for the coming season, all in stock and ready for delivery.

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2020 Phoenix Chenin Blanc, Lismore, WO Paarl

Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

The 2020 Phoenix Chenin Blanc comes from a single old vine, organically-farmed vineyard in Paarl, planted with bush Chenin Blanc vines. 70% was vinified in tank, with 30% in barrel (the barrel component was aged at Radford Dale while Sam’s cellar was rebuilt, and hence the wine isn’t labelled organic - Radford Dale isn’t organic). The wine is brilliant. Focussed and textured, with real vibrant energy and an incredibly long finish, it’s not to be missed. 

Young: 2022 - 2028

1997 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (2021 ex-winery release)

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

La Rioja Alta 904 is consistently one of the best value fine wines on the market, with an incredible ability to age gracefully for decades. This 1997 comes directly from the winery cellars where it has been stored in perfect conditions. Expect mature red fruits, leather, coffee, dried herbs, floral aromas and a silky texture.

Ready: 2010 - 2040

2015 Amarone della Valpolicella, Dal Forno Romano, Veneto

Red | Still | 17%

The 2015 Amarone from Dal Forno is a monster of a wine, yet one that also dazzles with its poise and nobility. There's enormous, perfectly balanced tannins, and such complexity on the finish. Remarkable.

Young: 2026 - 2050

2003 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

Dry | Red | Still

The 2003 Lafite was awarded a perfect score on four occasions by Robert Parker. Most recently, in 2014, he wrote, “The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate’s great classics, the 1959.”

Ready: 2013 - 2028

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