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In the January issue of Decanter magazine, our tasting team choses 50 holiday wines to suit every palate, course and budget. For readers, we've selected some of the best wines for Christmas. Read the full article in Decanter out next month - or even better, get a subscription.

Great for greetings

Egly-Ouriet, Tradition Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, France NV

Very grown-up, with buttery richness intermingling with aromas of nuts and toasted almonds. There’s a lovely weight to the fruit on the palate and a creamy gustiness to it as well. Dry and pure.

 £28.50 Lea & Sandeman

Great with smoked salmon

Domaine Pierre de Préhy, Chablis, Burgundy, France 2006

Classic, Chablis steeliness here with flinty, mineral streaks but also a generous layer of fleshy apple fruit.

 £10.99 Marks & Spencer

Great with turkey

Josetta Saffirio, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2006

A fruit-driven wine of red cherry and soft spice. The palate delivers fresh, elegant black fruits with a lively acidity.

 £14.99 Corney & Barrow

Great with goose

Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand 2006

A top producer that makes tiny quantities of excellent wine. This has spiced plum and red fruit perfume, and silky tannins.

 £15.99 Waitrose

Great with duck

Matetic, EQ Pinot Noir, San Antonio, Chile 2007

Beautifully concentrated with summer-fruit coulis and a savoury twist. Again this is very young yet still very drinkable.

 £17.99 Genesis Wines; Majestic; Waitrose

Great with ham

Bonny Doon, Sangiovese, California, USA 2007

A unique offering from California with healthy doses of lifted strawberry fruit. It’s tasty and youthful, if not that cheap.

 £11 Marks & Spencer

Great with Stilton

Symington, Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 2003

Stilton and Port is a classic combination. This LBV has a smooth, mellow palate of spicy, ripe, sweet concentrated fruit.

 £9.15 Waitrose

Great with Christmas pudding

Lapis, Királyudvar Tokaji Hárslevelü, Tokaj, Hungary 2006

An attractive fruit palette of marmalade, and honey. Wonderful rich flavours of caramelised orange supported by a complex structure and a lively acidity.

 £22.50 Waitrose

Great with mince pies

Gonzales Byass, Apostoles, Palo Cortado Viejo 30 Anos, Sherry, Spain NV

This rare style of Sherry offers notes of butterscotch caramel and sweet spice. Full and harmonious on the palate.

 £14.49 Waitrose

Great with chocolates

Henriques & Henriques, Malmsey Madeira, Portugal 2001

Sweet, rich and luscious wine full of walnut and coffee aromas. Beautifully balanced with fine concentration.

 £14.99 Marks & Spencer

Great to give (or receive!) as a gift

Salon, Champagne, France 1997

Only produced in years where the harvest is exceptional. The nose is full of delicate, creamy aromas with notes of hazelnut and brioche. Despite the richness, it’s elegant with lots of clarity of fruit and firm minerality. This will definitely impress your guests but it will need a decade to be at it best.

 £175 Corney & Barrow

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