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Forget sherry. These are the top wines to drink at Christmas

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Step away from the sherry – the post-Christmas dinner drink to pour in 2015 is sauternes. Stylist’s wine expert shares her top picks

Once considered the height of naff taste, sweet wine is staging a comeback – with one variety in particular proving ideal for quaffing this Christmas, post-sprouts.

“Sauternes is going through a retro-cool renaissance at the moment,” agrees Stylist’s wine expert Jane Parkinson.

“A French dessert wine made from one or several white grapes – sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle – it is produced thanks to a (good) vine disease called noble rot, which dehydrates the grapes. This gives them a very high sugar concentration so the wine ends up being very sweet.” 

And the best food to pair it with? “Hands down, my favourite food match for sauternes is blue cheese,” she says. 

Here, Parkinson and a handful of Stylist staffers weigh in on four sauternes to uncork this Christmas…

Domaine de Carbonnieu Sauternes 2012 

£12, Borough Wines (37.5cl)

Jane says: “Unctuous and smooth, this candied peel-flavoured variety is like liquid mango and pineapple with a grapefruit bite at the end.”

Stylist says: “Not too heavy or strong. Ideal for a post-dinner treat instead of Quality Street.”

Christmas wine

Château Liot 2010

£13.49, Waitrose (37.5cl)

Jane says: “Generous in orange and honey flavours, this has an easy-going velvety texture and light lemon freshness.”

Stylist says: “Very refreshing. Tastes like melon and elderflower, with a lingering grapefruit flavour. Excellent with strong cheese.”

Christmas wine

Château Suduiraut Castelnau de Suduiraut 2010

£11.99, Majestic Wine (37.5cl)

Jane says:  “Château Suduiraut is as classic as French châteaux get. This has the sticky taste of apricots, honey and caramel.”

Stylist says:  “If Christmas was a wine, this would be it. I love it but prefer it on its own as it’s so sweet.”

Christmas wine

Château Siglas-Ribaud 2009

£22, The Wine Society (37.5cl)

Jane says: “This is a seriously elegant wine. It has apricot fruitiness with a hit of ginger and a luscious barley sugar flavour that seems to last forever.”

Stylist says: “Far creamier than I was expecting; a sip is like a cashmere kiss.”

Christmas wine

Words: Gemma Crisp

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