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Jim's Personal Festive Favourites

Throughout the year I taste hundreds of different wines and there are always a few that really stand out. Below is one white and one Red that I am really enjoying drinking at the moment. I hope you enjoy them too!

Barrail Du Blanc 2008

The family which has owned Barrail du Blanc, located in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrons, for over 150 years, formerly sold off their grapes. However, in 1995 they decided to produce their own wine. After considerable investment in new equipment, optimal quality was assured.The well-drained soil is 80% pure gravel, with the rest a mix of gravel and sand. The terroir produces easy-drinking wines which drink well even when very young. The wine has a freshness and vitality with some weight, texture and savoury notes deriving from the oak (60% of the wine is matured in oak). The 2008 has a higher level of Cabernet Franc from the gravel soils of St Emilion which shows in darker fruit and lively acidity balancing the juicy Merlot. Charming and accessible, this Barrail du Blanc is a fine Saint-Emilion Grand Cru at an affordable price.

Barrail Du Blanc 2008

Javillier Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee des Forgets 2010

"Trained as an electrical engineer, Patrick Javillier studied oenology at the University of Dijon, graduating in 1974 and taking over from his father Raymond two years later. Given the meticulous approach to his winemaking, it comes as no surprise that the Village Cru often equal or surpass Premier Crus. The "Tête de Murgers" and "Les Tillets" have been top-drawer in recent vintages although I sometimes feel that they lack a little typicity. In their youth the wines are very citrus-driven and minerally, with impressive depth and richness." (Neal Martin,, 2006).

This cuvee comes from different parcels in the Bourgogne Blanc appellation situated in the territory of Meursault les Herbeux and les Vaux next to Volnay. The brown soils of les Herbeux and a part of les Vaux are on silt covering ancient alluvium or villafranchian. The nose of this wine is expressive with notes of white and yellow fruits, succulent flowers and touches of toast. On the palate, the wine displays fine balance with a creamy mouthfeel with hints of apple, citrus and spice undercut with crisp acidity. This is an expressive and fresh wine with a long, refreshing finish. This is a tight and powerful wine that can be enjoyed over the next three years.

Javillier Cuvee Des Forgets 2010