"The best red wines for Christmas"
2015 Sangiovese di Puglia, Vetriano IGT
Sangiovese is of course the main chianti grape but this modern-styled sangiovese from Italy’s heel has none of chianti’s dustiness. It’s bright and juicy, and tastes of ripe cherries. It’s soft enough to use as a party wine but refreshing too, with a real bounce in its step.
2014 Château Les Reuilles, Bordeaux Rouge
A wine from a family-owned château in the south east of the Bordeaux region that makes you smile the moment you stick your nose in the glass. “VG Bordeaux nose” was my first note. There’s a lovely elderberry scent, and the 15 per cent wallop of cabernet franc brings a glorious perfume and uplift.
2015 Le Mas, Domaine Clavel, Coteaux du Languedoc
A gorgeously atmospheric southern French blend of carignan, grenache and syrah that smells of dried herbs sun-baked earth, dried figs and damsons. There’s no oak here – ageing is in concrete. A wine to cosy up with.