Christmas Day Wines

Christmas Day lunch is all about the traditional turkey and all the trimmings, but what wines do you choose to turn the food into a feast?

Wivenhoe House hotel’s wonderful sommelier Lionel Lachasseigne has some suggestions, whether you are joining us in the brasserie restaurant on 25 December or celebrating at home.

Perhaps surprisingly, Lionel is staying on British soil for his choice of bubbly to get the day off to a sparkling start: “I am really enjoying Chapel Down Three Graces 2011 from Kent, it’s a wonderful alternative to Champagne.

“This is a blend of the three great sparkling wine grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier which blended together have produced a delicate array of flavours that cannot fail to impress your guests.”

Lionel heads over the Channel for his choice of wine for the main course.  From the Loire Valley in France he picks Menetou-Salon, La Bardine.

“Here, the  Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted on Kimmeridgian limestone soils, very similar to Chablis. The resulting wine gives you a clean fresh citrus fruit taste.”

If you enjoy red wine, whatever the occasion, Lionel dives into the heart of the Perigord region, famous for medieval castles, black truffles and of course fine wines. For this special day Lionel has chosen Chateau de Theniac.

He says: “The production methods used are the same as for the Bordelais Grand Crus, resulting in a very rich wine, giving you a taste of luxury for Christmas Day.”

If alcohol is not your tipple of choice, Lionel has created a special ‘Santa’s Hat’ mocktail.

“Mix a capful of raspberry syrup and almond syrup before pouring into a tall flute glass. Top up with lemonade and ice and sprinkle on some sliced raspberries.

“It looks like Christmas and tastes divine.”

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By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.