What To Drink This Christmas - F+R Employee Picks


With the festive season fast approaching, many of our customers are looking to stock up their cellars with the perfect red, white and sparkling wines in time for Christmas celebrations.

From dazzling champagnes to warming clarets, this is a great time of year to put some sparkle into your wine collection, and whether you’re looking for things to flatter your culinary creations or guaranteed party-starters, our listings have got you covered.

But what will we be drinking ourselves? To complement the festivities, we asked our office to share what wines will be featuring on their festive table.

Krug Grand Cuvee

Chosen by Steve McNeill, Private Client Sales

"At some point over Christmas, Krug absolutely must make an appearance. The Grand Cuvee is almost impossible to beat for richness, intensity and sheer decadence. Its incredible trademark complexity comes from a careful blend of over 120 wines, hand selected to craft a true masterpiece."

N.V. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

Chosen by Alexander Choy, Private Client Sales (HK Office)

"At Christmas I'm always on the lookout for great, affordable Champagne to impress my guests. This Charles Heidsieck more than fits the bill. It's one of the best N.V. Champagne's I've tasted all year and has a perfect balance of power and finesse with a delicious creamy texture. I'll be pairing it with oysters, seashells and mushrooms."

1996 Oenotheque Dom Perignon 

Chosen by Pete Naisbett, Private Client Sales Manager

"It's got to be a Champagne at Christmas and this has to be one of the very best. Made of the same juice as the regular Dom Perignon but aged on the cork, this is currently perfectly mature and truly delicious."

2009 Grand Puy Lacoste

Chosen by Chris Kelly, Commercial Editor

"This is Christmas in a bottle. It's a great vintage of a brilliant Pauillac and very well priced, especially considering the huge demand for the year. If you're looking for something warming for Christmas this is most definitely it - would pair really well with a huge variety of festive meats."

2007 Gravner Ribolla Gialla

Chosen by Jessica Bryans, Buyer and Marketing Manager

"I love the weird and wonderful wines of Gravner. For me, this is a great wine that will evolve in the glass as it warms up or cools down beside the fireplace or out on a snowy balcony. It also pairs well with turkey - a relief if, like my family, you find yourself eating it for breakfast and dinner for 3+ days!"

2002 Langoa Barton

 *Chosen by* Martin Docherty, **Private Client Sales 

“I recently opened a bottle of this and loved it. Showing beautifully now, this is a great effort from an under-rated house that always seems to do well in less fancied vintages. For the money it’s brilliant.”

Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc 2013

 *Chosen by Hannah Blair, Buyer UK Supply*

* *“Tried this a few weeks ago and will be getting more for Christmas. It is really exceptional quality for a Bourgogne Blanc: full-bodied and creamy with beautiful balance and length.  Great value for money!”

Click here to learn more about Christmas at FINE+RARE

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