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23rd December 2012

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Blason de Bourgogne, St Véran 2010, France
Having offered five wines and three sparkling wines for Christmas in the last couple of weeks, this is a last minute recommendation for a turkey-friendly wine that's very easy to find as it's in Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. Blason de Bourgogne is the label of a large cooperative cellar whose inexpensive Bourgogne Chardonnay is very reliable. This St Véran from the Mâconnaise region of southern Burgundy comes from 2010, which is shaping up to be a superb Burgundy year. Though not a chart-topping example, it has classic honeysuckle and orchard fruit notes of Chardonnays from this region, with a hint of oatmeal and more nectarine-like ripeness. On the palate it is fresh and crisp, but it's a wine with juicy citrus and a certain buttery texture, as well as those tropical pineapple and nectarine hints persisting to leave it balanced and crisp whilst being very easy to drink. £10.99.

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