Wed 02 Nov 2016

Staff Choice: A Christmas Ritual


Some of us are better at preparing for Christmas than others.

For our colleague Dave Collins, October is the time when the culinary pre-work begins; and this glorious sweet wine from the south of France plays a pivotal role.

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Monbazillac, Château Pech la Calevie 2013

The ritual starts in October with a call to visit the in-laws to help stir the Christmas pudding mix and, of course, make a wish. I may be in my fifties but sometimes I have to just do my duty (and anyway, who hasn’t got the odd unfulfilled wish they would like to remind the gods about?).

The next time I see the concoction is just after a seafood Christmas lunch as it is removed from a pot of boiling water where it has just spent the last six hours or so. As this happens our glasses are charged with generous servings of Monbazilliac and our Christmas ritual, which we have followed for more than 20 years, is almost complete.

The observant visitor may notice that the bottle was already open as the first third was consumed with the pâté starter, but to my mind this strongly aromatic sweet wine works so well with Christmas pudding that I cannot imagine Christmas without it.

Dave Collins

£12.95 – Bottle
£155 – Case of 12
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Categories : France, South of France


  1. Wg.Cdr. Norman Ridley says:

    When o’ when are we to be given a ‘deal’ on half bottles of ‘Fizz’ for the old and trusted.

    • Martin Brown says:

      Please accept our apologies for the delay in replying to this. I’m afraid we’ve no good news on this front for the immediate future, but your suggestion has been noted.
      In the meantime, in case of interest, we currently stock half bottles of The Society’s Champagne, Pol Roger and a trio of Alfred Gratien vintages (’98-’00) are en route next week and available to order.
      Best wishes
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

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