Dreaming of a white Christmas

L'Etoile Begude Chardonnay 2011, Limoux
L'Etoile Begude Chardonnay 2011, Limoux
Easter biscuits made with oil of cassia

LAWRENCE MURPHY: A West Country treat for Easter

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When it comes to white wines for Christmas, there is a definite need for something with a little weight.

It’s more important than ever if you’re trying to match your wine to the turkey.

To start with, you need something to wake up the appetite – like Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Aconcagua Costa (Waitrose £8.99 on offer from £11.99).

It’s one of my favourite white wines of the year and, if you are just beginning to get a little jaded with all that Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, this could be just the ticket. It would be fantastic with a seafood platter.

More classical, and with more weight, is Pouilly Fuissé 2011, Nicolas Potel (Waitrose £11.99 on offer from £15.99).

It has pears, citrus and some toasty notes. It’s straightforward, but elegant.

L’Etoile Begude Chardonnay 2011, Limoux

From the Limoux region of southern France, made by a British couple, this would rival white Burgundy at twice the price. Hand picked from the best parcels on the estate, it offers citrus, apples, minerals and just a hint of smokiness. There’s a creamy texture and a beautifully balanced finish. A Christmas treat and a bargain.

Majestic £17.99 or buy two for £12.99 each.