It’s the season for festivities and parties, and no Holiday celebration is complete without some well-chosen drinks. Here, Sotheby Wine’s CEO Jamie Ritchie shares his top picks for the season.
Non-Vintage: Sotheby’s Champagne ($32.95)
Our “house” champagne is back! This is a great value, everyday Champagne that is light and elegant. It is made by the family owned and managed R&L Legras, with all the grapes coming from Grand Cru vineyards. It is a Blanc de Blancs, meaning it’s 100% Chardonnay, so it is very versatile and perfect as an aperitif or with food.
Vintage: Dom Ruinart 2004 ($149.95)
This Champagne is under the radar and only gets recognition from true Champagne aficionados. It is a superb prestige cuvee from a great house and 2004 is an outstanding vintage. This house only makes Dom Ruinart in the greatest years. It is full and rich, yet fresh.
Burgundy: Chablis, Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 2014 ($24.95)
A superb white Burgundy that has wonderful minerality, along with a balance of fruit and acidity. Perfect with smoked salmon, seafood, and chicken. Very versatile.
California: Lioco Chardonnay 2015 ($22.95)
My favorite Californian Chardonnay, from Sonoma, has class and elegance, with good body, but enough acidity and minerality to make it refreshing.
Bordeaux: Château Corbin 2009 ($44.95)
A classy St. Emilion made by the talented Anabelle Cruse-Bardinet from the great 2009 vintage. This is rich, ripe, soft, supple, and spicy, but with enough freshness and acidity to be very well balanced.
Italian: Barolo, Paolo Scavino 2012 ($39.95)
A traditional young, fresh Barolo that can be enjoyed from now. It has an aroma of roses, tea and liquorice, and is delicious with pastas, pizzas, and roasts.