Waitrose’s own-brand Sauternes is also made by Château Suduiraut and it’s also lovely: Waitrose No 1 Sauternes Château Suduiraut 2013 (Bordeaux, France, 13.5%, Waitrose, £ 16.99) with a taste of candied pineapple and of coconut.
If you are interested in other sweet wines, I loved the flavor of Adnams Fine Dessert Wine Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2016 (France, 12.5%, Adnams, £ 9.99), which is made in the Gers from the local varieties arrufiac, petit and grand corbu and petit manseng.
Also from southwestern France and good for those who find Sauternes too rich, Domaine de Lasserre Jurançon (12%, Coop, £ 7 / 37.5cl): think poached peaches and apricots with flowering quince. Made from gros manseng and petit manseng, this is total heaven.
Dr Loosen Riesling Eiswein NV (Mosel, Germany, 7%, Pull the Cork, £ 27.95 / 18.7 cl) is exquisite. Made from grapes picked during a cold snap while frozen on the vine, it smells of linden and sweet pear and has a refreshing taste.
On the way to the ports. I wouldn’t be without a bottle of tawny port in the fridge this time of year. It’s a favorite among my friends and I pour it in place of the pudding.
If you want something special, go for a colheita (a fawn from a single harvest). Warre’s 2009 Port Colheita (20.5%, The Wine Society, £ 17) is excellent and there is a brilliant one from Noval in my wines of the week.
For darker red ports, I recommend Taste the Difference Late Bottled Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal, 20%, Sainsbury’s, £ 10).
For something more special, Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2012 (Portugal, 20%, Waitrose stores 201, £ 25.59 down from £ 31.99 through January 2; Majestic £ 26.99 / 34.99 £ mix six / price per bottle) is a vintage port made from vines grown in a single vineyard in the Douro wilderness and it has hints of licorice and violet.
Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha 2005 (Portugal, 20%, Waitrose, £ 25.49 vs. £ 33.99 until January 2) is a bit older and a real beauty.
Let’s move on to sherry. The first alcohol I ever tasted was cream sherry poured in the classic way from an old bottle from my grandma’s buffet. I didn’t like it very much. But I like cream sherry – which is just a mix of other styles of sherry – now, and I like it better when it’s sweet and tastes like raisins and raisins. .
Some goodies: Taste the Difference Oloroso Sherry NV (Spain, 20%, Sainsbury’s, £ 8 / 50cl) which is made for Sainsbury’s by Lustau; the glorious Williams & Humbert As You Like It Medium Amontillado NV (Spain, 20.5%, Waitrose (150 stores), £ 29.99 / 50cl); and Gonzalez Byass Apostoles 30 years Palo Cortado Sherry Half Bottle NV (Spain, 20%, Majestic, £ 22.49 / £ 24.99 mix six / price of a bottle) which tastes of hazelnuts and toasted almonds and is wonderfully complex.
As for sherry, one for those of you who love PX, the devilishly sweet and viscous sherry that tastes like molasses and pours well on vanilla ice cream: the best * PX Sherry NV ( Spain, 15%, Tesco, £ 6 for half a bottle).
And finally, a Madeira. I love both the smart packaging and the wines of Barbeito Madeira. See my wines of the week, below, for more on this, as well as two excellent ports.
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