If you're wondering what wines you should be getting out of your cellar this Christmas, look no further, as Steven Spurrier tells Decanter the best vintages of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone that are perfect to drink this festive season.
Both north and south have gained many followers and while prices from top estates have rocketed, the reds from both regions still offer great value.
2002 was rained off and the heat of 2003 was too much for the region, while 2004 is showing well – the best of this poor trio. 2005 is a good choice in the south, thanks to ripe fruit and refreshing tannins, but is still backward in the north.
2008 (unremarked at the time) is one to follow for mid-term drinking. Chez Spurrier, it will be Clos des Papes Châteauneuf 1998 with the turkey.
Written by Steven Spurrier