Despite the lack, as yet, of seasonal snow and ice so far this winter, Christmas is definitely upon us. With that in mind, Andrew, Philip and Tim have put together a selection of champagnes, wines and spirits to enjoy over the Christmas period. We have stunning present ideas for every budget and beautiful wines and spirits to match your Christmas menus.
May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
In this issue:
Launch of our new website
Champagnes for Christmas
Recommended wines for Christmas
Single malt whisky offers
A selection of Irish Whiskey
Seasonal Tasting Cases
Our Christmas Beer Keg
D. Byrne & Co.
Champagne Specialist Retailer of the Year
2011 International Wine ChallengeWith over 150 different Champagnes in stock we carry one of the most comprehensive selections in the UK. We pride ourselves on sourcing what we consider to be the finest wines of the region and concentrate purely on small growers and quality conscious negociants.
The experts' recommendations for Christmas:
House Champagne Stephane Breton Brut N.V. £15.99
Our exclusive House Champagne has won some very well deserved and favourable plaudits this year and offers outstanding value for money.
Louis Roederer N.V. Brut Premier *very special price* £24.99
Easily the finest of the more famous non vintage Champagnes, a gloriously well-balanced wine that is fresh, fruity and refined.
Lallier 2005 Grand Cru Brut £29.99
An absolute steal for Grand Cru Vintage Champagne.
This is classically styled full-bodied wine with plenty of complex and tasty brioche character.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 *very special price* £134.99
The ultimate deluxe cuvee presented in a stunning limited edition gift pack (limited quantities)
Laurent Perrier Rose N.V. *very special price* £38.59
One of the most popular Roses, this is full and well rounded with plenty of fruit.
Some recommended wines for ChristmasWhite Wines
Boutinot La Fleur Solitaire Cotes du Rhone 2010 £7.99
Predominantly Grenache Blanc and Viognier, overtly fruity and silky smooth with white flowers on the nose and some savoury butterscotch complexity - delicious!
Chateau Loudenne Bordeaux Blanc 2009 £12.99
This is a very classy wine that would be delicious with shellfish.
Joseph Matrot St. Romain 2008 £16.99
Matrot produces very elegant white Burgundy, a wine with plenty of minerality.
Vallet Freres Pernand Vergelesses 2009 £18.99
This has real weight and class, a very smooth and buttery white Burgundy.
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Marlborough £13.99
The second vintage of this modern Kiwi classic - while stocks last.
El Bandito Cortez Chenin Blanc 2009 - Swartland, South Africa £21.99
One of our favourite white wines of the year. Rich and textural, simply gorgeous.
Recommended with the turkey
Quinta el Refugio Crianza 2008 Toro £8.99
A multi award-winning Spanish wine packed with plum fruit and sweet vanilla oak, full-bodied and delicious.
Moko Black Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago £8.99
This is a light and fragrant silky smooth Pinot from New Zealand's best Pinot producing region. 2009 is an excellent vintage.
Naked On Roller Skates Shiraz/Mataro £11.99
From the cult Some Young Punks winery, this is a brilliantly modern interpretation of an Australian classic.
Les Hautes Marone Gigondas 2009 £11.99
The 2009 Southern Rhones are stunning, a similar wine to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but much better value for money.
Magnums 2007 Boutinot Seguret £18.99
This is an outstanding bargain, rich and silky smooth. The large format is a perfect centre piece for the Christmas table.
Sideral 2006 Rapel Valley £14.59
A full-bodied wine with intense blackcurrant fruit flowers, we consider this to be one of Chile's best value fine wines.
Burguet Bourgogne Rouge 2007 £16.69
A fully ripe and silky smooth Bourgogne, a lovely, elegant glass of wine.
Burguet Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2006 £37.99
A full and intense Gevrey that is very complex.
Robert Arnoux Nuits St Georges 2006 £25.99
Arnoux produces some of Nuits St George's finest wines.
Meerlust Rubicon 2007 Stellenbosch £18.99
***** John Platter's guide. One of the New World's finest Bordeaux blends.
Chateaux de Pez 2007 St. Esteph *very special price* £22.99
De Pez is a very reliable Chateau, the '07 is a charming and forwardly fruity example.
Chateau Grand Cru Puy Ducasse 2007 Paulliac *very special price* £25.99
This is a wine with plenty of finesse and all the class you would expect from a top Paulliac.
Valenciso 2005 Reserva - Rioja £16.89
From the outstanding 2004 vintage, this is a concentrated multi-layerd wine.
Single Malt Whisy OffersThe Great Glen - Highland £12.99
Drumguish - Highland £14.99
Speyburn Bradan Orach - Speyside £15.99
Glen Burgie 10 year old - Speyside £17.99
Ancnoc 12 year old - Speyside £18.19
Old Pultney 12 year old - Highland £18.59
Isle of Jura 10 year old - Jura £19.99
The Ileach Gold Medal Winning - Islay £19.99
Cu Dhub Black Whisky - Highland £19.99
The Macallan Fine Oak 10 year old - Speyside £23.99
The Singleton 12 year old - Speyside £24.99
Highland Park 12 year old - Orkney £24.99
Dalwhinnie 15 year old - Highland £26.99
Talisker 10 year old - Skye £27.99
Oban 14 year old - Highland £34.89
Caol Ila 12 year old - Islay £28.99
Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition £29.99
Lagavulin 16 year old - Islay £39.99
Balblair 1989 - Highland £45.99
Old and Rare Whiskies
We keep a huge selection of old and rare whiskies, including:
Bunnahabhain 32 year old 54.3% vol - Islay £186.99
New House Cognac V.S. Deluxe Godet £19.99
........and from our vast range of Cognacs we recommend:
Maxime Trijol Elegance grande Champagne £30.69
Ragnaud-Sabourin Grand Cru No. 20 Reserve Speciale £59.99
.......and from our range of over 40 of the finest Gins we recommend:
Caorunn (a delicious Scottish gin with hints of apple) £18.19
The botanist from the Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay £27.99
D. Byrne & Co. Christmas Port Krohn 2003 Vintage Port £16.99
Krohn are a small family owned Port house run by brother and sister Jose and Iolanda Carneiro. The port has a full structure and body, with intense red berry and spice aromas - layers of flavour.
Irish WhiskeyCooley Distillery multi award-winning independent Irish Whiskey producers recently invited Andrew to their Kilbeggan Distillery, half an hour from Dublin. This is well worth a visit, particularly if you have the good fortune to be shown round by Brian Quinn, a lovely old Irish gentleman who could tell a tale or two. We have a really good deal on some of the products for Christmas.
Kilbeggan - the world's oldest distillery. A blend of finest grain and malt whiskeys, producing a beautiful sweet taste and malty finish £18.99
Tyrconnel - named after an historic Irsh race horse which won a legendary race at odds of 100-i. the whiskey is a well balanced single malt with a unique fruity bouquet and a delicate dry finish. £25.29
Connemara - created by drying maltying abrley over peat fires, this single malt revives one of the anciect distilling traditions of ireland and imparts a distinctive smoky flavour to the whiskey £18.99
Seasonal Tasting CasesIn November we launched our Christmas, Connoisseurs and Luxury cases of wine. Each has a beautiful selection of twelve bottles of wine to drink over the Christmas period.
So whether you want to send a gift, thank a loved one, turn up with something special at a house party or simply light the fire, put your feet up and indulge, we have something for you. Each case comes complete with a set of tasting notes.
For the very first time this year we have put together a Luxury case of wines, persuading Philip to part with some limited gems that he has had squirrelled away.
The cases also make perfect corporate gifts, please phone us on 01200 422281 for details
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Christmas Beer Keg
As usual we have the D. Byrne & Co. Christmas Beer Keg
A 5 litre keg of gorgeous Bowland Brewery Beer prepared specially for us