From homemade Christmas Puddings brimming with vine fruits & candied peel, along with good measures of brandy, rum & stout laced with festive spices. Handmade Mince Pies with buttery short crust pastry filled with our homemade Mincemeat. (Limited quantities are made daily so stock up in your freezer.) We also pot up individual tubs of homemade Mincemeat to make your own. Cranberry sauce, Cranberry jelly, Pickles, Spiced Fruit Chutneys and various Summer & Autumn Fruit Preserves – all perfect stocking fillers.
EXQUISITE CHRISTMAS FARE
From the Dogliani Biscottificio in the Apuana Hills of Tuscany, delicious handmade Classic Panettone, Panforte & Pane di Vino made with sweet wine from Lorieri. A wealth of treats from Baci Cherasco in the heart of Piedmont, Crema Gianduja – the most perfect chocolate & Piedmontese hazelnut spread – Praline & Chocolate Lumache (snails), Grappa-filled chocolates, Baci – roasted Hazelnuts in dark bitter chocolate, Gianduiotti – smooth milk chocolate praline & the most delicious crisp Grissini Biscuit 'Fingers' covered in milk chocolate. Exquisite Handmade Chocolate-Covered Fruits & Nuts from the Marangoni family in Marche, festively wrapped in colourful tissue paper (Brown for Chestnut, Red for Date, Mauve for Redcurrant, Blue for Blueberry, Green for Walnut Marzipan & Orange for Apricot), as well as decadent Dark Chocolate Dipped Whole Cherries (with stone & stem) steeped in Cherry Liqueur. From Artigianale Giraudi in Piedmont, delicate featherlight Amaretti, plain or covered in dark chocolate. From Slitti Cioccolato in Monsummano, Tuscany, rich Dark Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans, the best Milk Chocolate Buttons & Tortines of Dark & Milk Chocolate Studded with Hazelnuts, Almonds & Crisp Rice. Dried Fig Balls from Garritano 1908 in Calabria, wrapped in fig leaves, with beautiful depths of liquorice & dark chocolate – a perfect addition to a Christmas cheese board. From Pasticceria Bonfante in Turin: Noccioloni (crushed hazelnut & meringue clusters) & Biscotti Caluso (Passito-soaked raisin biscuits) – a perfect pairing with a glass of dessert wine. And from Germany, Stöllen & beautifully jewelled Christmas Cakes with traditional marzipan & icing.
OWN LABEL CHAMPAGNE
P.LOUIS MARTIN NV BRUT
Blend: 70% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay
This is a delicious Champagne, we chose it in particular (after trying a lot of Champagnes!) as it paired so well with our cheeses, particularly the classic pairings of Chaource & Ami du Chambertin. It has a bright golden robe; with a toasty, buttery nose. Delicate bubbles with a good balance between power, gentle acidity & freshness with a long, clean & elegant finish.
Louis Martin was a keen Champenois. He actively participated in founding the Bouzy Cooperative and was elected its founding President. Thus he started out in wine making in 1929. His son Paul actively helped him in particular in extending the chalky cellars in order to obtain the best conditions for ageing the wine. They were dedicated to the terroir of their village. The Village of Bouzy was named as a Grand Cru Village, in part due to the excellent quality of the Pinot Noir grown there. Among the 17 Champagne Villages classed as Grand Cru producers, Bouzy has an exclusive vineyard: facing due south, on chalky soil. It has a remarkable micro-climate: protected from the north winds by Montagne de Reims. Louis Martin’s Pinot Noir vineyards still form the majority of all the wine blends & have an average age of 20 years.