The Wine Advent: 13 December: Pudding Wines
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It’s hard to think of Christmas without thinking about all the sticky sweet excitement that comes with it. Mince pies, Christmas pudding, a chocolate log, tin of chocolates, and – of course – lusciously good dessert wines.
Today I want to share some of my favourite pudding wines. Most of us love a good Sauternes but Clos Dady Sauternes (£22.50, Great Western Wine) is something else. Much lighter than the classic dark gold Sauternes, the Clos Dady variety is also lesser in alcohol, measuring at just 14.5%. Ultimately it’s not as sweet either, but the beautiful lemon, marmalade, almonds, apricots and a gorgeous honeyed finish prove Clos Dady is just as moreish as its siblings. It’s also an amazing partner with meringue or a lighter option alongside your Christmas pud.
Rich and luscious comes in one form: Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV (£12.49, Waitrose Cellar). Super sweet and boasting the fullest, stickiest body of the world’s best dessert wines. On the nose are sweet black treacle, brown sugar, prune and baked cherry. The oak influence suggests sponge. It’s a really complex nose, and I like the subtle raisin and melting butter elements too.
Rutherglen’s palette lives up to the excitement with a smooth and intensely prune mouthfeel. There’s good acidity for a fortified wine. The finish is of plum, toffee, digestive and raisins – and it lasts. It is a truly memorable experience. I love it!
While these two are my absolute favourite pudding wines, other top choices include The Ned Noble Sauvignon (£9.74, Majestic) – a really sticky-sweet ripe pineapple wine that’s just perfect with blue cheese – and if you’re on a budget it’s worth seeking out a Monbazillac as they are usually all superb.