French wines to ring in the holidays
Toast the holidays in French this year. Here are some vivid ways to do it.
Loaded with blackberry and blueberry notes is the 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ($11), a light, round, uncomplicated match for appetizers and simply prepared chicken, turkey and ham.
Enjoy the fruity, intense 2011 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhône Rouge ($15), a bargain price for a versatile, berry-rich, casual red. For a meaty, spicy, concentrated red, consider the 2011 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge ($29). And you'll find a balanced, excellent, sure to be long-lived star from the Rhône with the classic 2010 E. Guigal Chteauneuf-du-Pape ($59).
Aromatic and elegant: the 2013 Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet ($70), a sterling white Burgundy, ideal with delicate preparations of shellfish and lighter finish. Veer red with the producer's straightforward 2013 Cote de Beaune-Villages ($28) and the fruity, rich 2013 Cote de Nuits-Villages ($31). Both pinot noirs are fine with red meat, burgers to steaks. And savor the ripe, powerful, harmonious 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin ($65), a smooth, muscular pinot noir ready for beef stew, roast duck or goose.
Celebrate with the delightful nonvintage Duval-Leroy Rose Prestige Premier Cru Brut Champagne ($84), a mouthful with hints of citrus, cherry and ginger, in a pretty salmon hue. It's a terrific aperitif and a partner throughout your meal.
The nonvintage Taittinger Prestige Rose ($84) is vibrant, shaded pink, and raspberry-driven, and appealing all night long. Taittinger peaks with the refined, supple 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs ($199), a deluxe Champagne, with suggestions of grapefruit, that's lovely now and will be for years to come.