With an online cellar bursting with Champagnes, Christmas cases and gift sets, Wickhams is a one-stop shop for drinks this festive season. An independent wine and spirit merchant, Wickhams takes time to curate the finest wines and spirits, with all of their offerings chosen personally by founder, Dan Farrell-Wright. Here’s Wickhams’ must have picks for Christmas and New Year celebrations. All can be delivered across the UK with free delivery on orders over £40.
Champagne AR Lenoble Grand Cru ‘Blanc de Blancs’ ‘Mag 14’ NV
Produced entirely from Grand Cru Chardonnay from vineyards in the village of Chouilly, and aged in the cellars for a minimum of four years, this Champagne includes 35% reserve wine. A fine French Champagne, it’s golden coloured with greenish tints typical of a Blanc de Blancs. On the nose the first impression is floral, followed by rich aromas of white fruit. On the palate it’s buttery and round, with a very long lasting finish. £45.00 / 75cl / ABV 12.5%.
Langham Blanc De Blancs 2017, English Sparkling Wine
This single varietal English sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay grown on the 12 hectare Crowthorne vineyard in Dorset. It has a stable foam, pale golden colour and fine stream of bubbles. On the nose it’s complex with ripe gala apple and poached pear with floral notes of apple blossom and honey suckle. The mouthfeel has creaminess and great texture, from the 30 months it spent aging on its lees, with a lovely salinity finish. £36.00 / 75cl / 12%.
Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV
A delightful classic, Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV is crafted from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes in the heart of the French Champagne region. An elegant dry Champagne it has a gentle mousse and fine flavours including apple, citrus fruits and hints of brioche. £21.00 / 75cl / ABV 12.5%.
Les Quarterons, Crémant de Loire Brut NV
The prominent acidity of Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire allows for the production of exceptional `méthode traditionelle` sparkling wines. This organic Crémant de Loire is pale lemon in colour with notes of baked apples on the nose. The palate has a lovely, soft mousse with notes of lemon, apple, honeysuckle and brioche. On the palate the racy acidity of the Chenin Blanc leaves a crisp and clean impression. £18.50 / 75cl / ABV 12%.
The Classic Case, £99
Six bottles of sparkling, red and white wine with a wine to pair with each course of Christmas lunch or dinner, Wickhams’ Classic Case features wines from around the world including;
Les Quarterons, Crémant de Loire Brut NV (ABV 12%)
Kick off seasonal celebrations with this organic Crémant de Loire as an apéritif. Pale lemon in colour with notes of baked apples on the nose, the palate has a lovely, soft mousse with notes of lemon, apple, honeysuckle and brioche.
Sancerre `les Longues Fins` Dom. Andre Neveu (ABV 12.5%)
A classic match for any fish course, this French single vineyard Sancerre is medium bodied, dry and aromatic, with added complexity of mineral and herbaceous flavours on the palate.
Chablis Domaine Alain Gautheron (ABV 12.5%)
Delightful paired with roast turkey, this medium bodied, bone dry chablis boasts fresh, floral aromas, appley fruit and a complex, rich mineral character derived from the subtle influence of chalky vineyard soils.
Château Bechereau, Lalande de Pomerol (ABV 14%)
A blend of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties, this full bodied red has a good balance of black fruits, toasty notes and sweet spice. Extremely versatile, it’s perfect paired with poultry and equally well with beef, lamb and game.
Château Gachon, Montagne-Saint-Émilion (ABV 13%)
Complimenting mature cheeses, and an ideal accompaniment to any cheese board, this classic French red is a deep ruby colour with a soft nose of cherry, cassis and spice from oak aging. Well-balanced on the palate with a solid tannic structure it has a complementary soft mid-palate of ripe fruits.
Chateau Les Mingets 2018 Sauternes (37.5 cl / ABV 13.5%)
A rich dessert wine produced using hand harvested Semillon grapes affected by noble rot and matured in oak barrique. This classic Sauternes has a concentrated, luscious character with intense flavours of caramelized fruits, pear melon and almond. The ultimate wine to pair with Christmas pudding.
The English Case, £99
Six bottles of English sparkling, red and white wine with a wine to pair with each course of Christmas lunch or dinner, Wickhams’ English Case includes;
Huxbear Classic Sparkling 2017 (ABV 11.5%)
Welcome guests to festive gatherings with this magnificent English sparkling wine. Produced on a small, fully sustainable vineyard in Devon, Huxbear Classic Sparkling 2017 has a classic fresh nose of green apples with hints of pineapple. Dry on the palate, it’s a fantastic apéritif.
Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve (ABV 11%)
An elegant white wine produced by Sandridge Barton, the home of Sharpham Wine, in beautiful South Devon. Off-dry in style with a rich profile, rounded on the palate, it’s a delightful match for fish courses.
Sharpham Pinot Noir (ABV 12%)
A ripe and youthful cool climate English red wine made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes. The palate is full flavoured with juicy red berries and broad tannins, not too bold, it’s a thoroughly drinkable accompaniment to roast turkey.
Lyme Bay Chardonnay (ABV 13.5%)
A well-rounded, lightly oaked dry chardonnay, this wine lends itself perfectly to pair with many dishes, including roast turkey. Pale golden in colour, it has good length on the palate with stone fruit flavours.
Knightor Pinot Noir (ABV 12%)
A light bodied fruity red, 60 percent of which has spent 10 months in French oak barrels with the remainder in stainless steel tanks. Extremely drinkable, it will pair well with any Christmas lunch.
Knightor Three Barrel Bacchus (ABV 8%)
A medium bodied, sweet Cornish small batch white wine. With peach, elderflower and delicate vanilla aromas on the palat it is surprisingly rich with a sweet long finish. An absolute delight with cheeses and fruity desserts.
Champagne, Wine and Cocktail Gift Sets
Luxury Claret Gift Set, £50
For claret lovers, look no further than Wickhams’ Luxury Claret Gift Set containing Château Bechereau, Lalande de Pomerol 2017 (75cl, ABV 14%) and Château Gachon, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, 2016 (75cl, ABV 13%) in a luxury clasped wooden presentation case.
A classic full-bodied red, Lalande de Pomerol is a blend of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. Family owned Chateau Béchereau ferment half of the wine in stainless steel before ageing in oak barrels with the other half fermented in oak. The result, a classic claret with a good balance of black fruits, toasty notes and sweet spice.
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, Château Gachon’s Montagne-Saint-Émilion is a classic French red with a deep ruby colour and soft nose of cherry, cassis and spice from oak aging. Well-balanced on the palate with a solid tannic structure it has a complementary soft mid-palate of ripe fruits including plums and red berries.
Ultimate Chardonnay Gift Set, £50
Wickhams’ Ultimate Chardonnay Gift Set showcases two shining examples of the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, Auxey-Duresses Blanc Jean Pascal et Fils 2018 and Chardonnay De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Sur Lie 2020.
A fabulous expression of Chardonnay, Auxey-Duresses Blanc Jean Pascal et Fils (75cl, ABV 13%) is a medium to full-bodied white with a refreshing acidity, boasting a rich palate and long finish. Produced by husband and wife team, Yann and Alexandra Pascal, this 2018 classic French Burgundian white is crisp and clean with a nutty-rich nose of summer orchard fruits.
Chardonnay De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Sur Lie 2020 (75cl, ABV 13.5%) is a fresh and expressive Chardonnay from the internationally renowned De Wetshof Estate. A beautifully balanced medium bodied white, it’s matured on its lees resulting in a vibrant, lemony dry wine with a yeasty and delicate nutty clean long finish. The nose is delicate with aromas of lemon, honeysuckle blossom and peach.
French Champagne and White Wine Gift Set, £45
A delightful gift for wine lovers featuring Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV (ABV 12.5%) and a clean and crisp French white, La RuchetteDorée Côtes du Rhône Blanc (ABV 13%). Produced using Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Clairette grapes, La Ruchette Dorée Côtes du Rhône Blanc is pretty and delicate on the nose with hints of hedgerow flowers. Wonderfully balanced, it’s flavours are nuanced and refined rather than overt. A delightful classic, Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV is crafted from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes in the heart of the French Champagne region. An elegant dry Champagne it has a gentle mousse and fine flavours including apple, citrus fruits and hints of brioche. The French Champagne and White Wine Gift Set is presented in a stylish wooden presentation box.
Kir Royal Gift Set, £45
Simple yet sophisticated, this fruity French champagne cocktail makes a delightful aperitif. Wickhams presents the classic ingredients for this cocktail, Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV (ABV 12.5%) and Calancombe Estate Cassis (Blackcurrant Liqueur), in a beautiful wooden box. Paul Langier Champagne Brut NV is crafted from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes in the heart of the French Champagne region and is accompanied by Calancombe Estate’s Cassis (ABV 25%), a classic crème de cassis liqueur made from an infusion of blackcurrants grown on their estate in South Devon.
Wickhams is an independent Devon-based online wine and spirit merchant founded by Dan Farrell-Wright. This year they have been included in the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021 shortlist, in not just one but two categories for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘England & Wales Specialist’.
Sourcing the finest Estate bottled wines from around the world, Wickhams curate collections from the everyday to the classics, so there’s something to suit all tastes. They passionately believe in stocking wines, spirits and gift sets at a range of price points to ensure their products are accessible to all. Delivery is available to mainland UK with all orders packed in 100% recyclable packaging. Orders over £40 are shipped free of charge, orders under £40 incur a delivery charge of £6.
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