My final wine club line-up of 2018 comes from the epic wine specialist Yapp Brothers. I have chosen six wines which sum up their innate knowledge of the fabulous vinous nooks and crannies that they have found in the French wine countryside. Each glorious bottle comes from an elite estate and every single wine represents insanely good value for money. Designed to cover the bases from fizz, via aperitif white to three reds of varying intensity and finally a lusty, sensual sweetie, this sextet represents all of the flavours you need to get your Christmas and New Year entertaining schedule off to a wondrous start.
This collection is available to buy online via Yapp’s website, or give them a call on 01747 860423 and quote “MoneyWeek” to benefit from exclusive MoneyWeek savings and FREE UK delivery to mainland addresses. The deadline for Christmas delivery has now passed, but order now and this case will give you something to look forward to in January!
How it works
Prices and savings below are exclusive to MoneyWeek readers and are based on ordering a case of 12 bottles (Champagne is available as a case of six). You can also buy a mixed case, giving you two bottles of each wine, for just £199, saving you £26.90. You’ll enjoy FREE UK delivery on all orders. Offer ends 4 January 2019.
The impact of extended ageing on non-vintage Champagne is so interesting. I came up with the idea of an ‘Extra Age’ cuvée for a house Champagne many moons ago and now a number of Houses make this lusty style (with varying success). Fifth generation winemaker Gilles Dumangin has always championed this richer, ‘vintage-style’ technique and his is a thrilling wine. It’s common knowledge that Sir Paul McCartney drank this wine at his wedding to Nancy Shevell, but only a small crowd know that I drank it at my wedding, too! This is your definitive, great value Christmas Champagne.
Case price: £172, saving £44
This is one of the most fascinating and invigorating wines of the season. New on the market, this pin sharp white made from the dramatic slopes of the Savoie wine region is fashioned from a grape that you might not have come across before – Jacquère. Aside from price, the main attraction here is the extraordinary sophistication found on the palate. A wildflower scent and wet pebble coolness are joined by the most demure and weightless citrus theme, making it the perfect aperitif and canapé wine. Expect to be profoundly moved.
Case price: £143.40, saving £12
This is the very first vintage of Domaine de Rebouls. Winemaker Jean-Marc Astruc made the monumental step of freeing himself from the grasp of the local co-operative and bottling his own grapes under his own label – the results are incredible. Made from Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, this is a densely appointed wine with a powerful mid-palate and a dry, raspy finish. It is macho, proud, generous and fiercely authentic. It is also a tiny price to pay for this level of seriously talented winemaking.
Case price: £147, saving £12
Made from a blend of Syrah, Egiodola, Caladoc and Marselan, by the former mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Jean-Pierre Boisson, and his daughter Emilie this is one of my favourite wines in the Yapp cellar. Juicy, buoyant, frivolous and light-hearted, this is a cracking ‘house’ red with all of the joy and ebullience that you crave in a wintry glugger. Seamless, silky and also marvellously polished – you rarely find these descriptors used for Vaucluse wines!
Case price: £114, saving £12
Saint-Chinian is a gem of a wine region in the Hérault department, tucked between Béziers and Carcassonne. Wine has been made here for over two thousand years – Roman orator Cicero was a big fan. Les Truffières is a classy Saint-Chinian with less earthiness and grunt than many. The wines of this estate show plump, voluminous fruit and masses of style. Shaped like a lusty Pomerol more than a rustic Gigondas, this is a beautiful wine made from Syrah and Grenache. It may seem somewhat of an anomaly, but if you get to know this estate well, you will find that all of their wines have this élan and allure.
Case price: £174, saving £12
I tasted this wine at a recent Yapp event and fell in love at first sip. Similar in shape and size to a Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise but with a wilder, more untamed perfume, this Corsican beauty is a superb sweetie and because it is a full (75cl) bottle, the value is, once again, incredible. Mandarin-themed with light, honey and brûlée notes, this wine could be drunk with pâté as well as with fruity puds. I wouldn’t make it to afternoon tea without demanding a large glass with a slice of cake!
Case price: £285, saving £12
PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW via Yapp’s website, or call them direct: 01747 860423 and quote “MoneyWeek”
Terms & Conditions: Offer ends 4 January 2018. Free delivery on all orders over £100, otherwise £10. Orders placed after 18 December will be dispatched in early January 2019. Payment can be made by credit or debit card over the phone or online.