I’m going to be honest, this started out as “5 Great Wines for Roast Beef”, but there was just too many good options.
You can’t beat Bordeaux (or Bordeaux Blends)
It’s possibly one of the most classical pairings, and for good reason. The salt in the dish smooths out the intense grippy tannins of Cab Sauv, making the wine seem smoother and fruitier. The wine packs massive intensity to stand up to Gravy, sauces and even horseradish.
Despite being a very adventurous drinker, I love a classic Bordeaux. Chateau Cantemerle is part of the exclusive 1855 classification, which recognises the best estates in Bordeaux. This Cab Sauv blend show classic notes of blackcurrant and cigar box (wood and smoke basically). With a big of age on the wine, it’s also developed some smooth leathery notes.
If you’re looking for a red that works with Roast beef but can also be enjoyed on it’s own, you’ll love the Chateau Cruzeau. Part of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification, this wine is 73% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc. It shows that velvety smooth and incredibly drinkable quality that good Merlot oozes.
The wines of Bordeaux are so popular, that wine regions all over the world use Bordeaux as a template. None have this more successfully than Bolgheri. The wines are often referred to as “Super Tuscans” and combine Cab Sauv, Merlot and Sangivoese (the grape of Chianti). This wine is rich, powerful and shows a great alternative to classic Bordeaux.
It’s not all Port, Portugal’s red are seriously under-rated (& under-valued)
This year we have 3 outstanding wines from Portugal, all of which will work great with Roast Beef.
the Mariana Tinto is a returning favourite that has got even better now that it’s moved onto a new vintage. If you love big fruit and loads of vanilla from oak, this is for you. at £12 a bottle, it’s a lot of wine for the price.
Cabriz Special Edition is one of the most surprising wines of the year for me. Whilst it’s smoother and lighter than all the other wines in this post, it firmly belongs here. the wines is from 2005 and has developed great complexity whilst holding onto its tannin structure and fruit.
The Rola Tinto is possibly one of the best selling wines this year. Not only does it’s squatty bottle and sleek design make it a brilliant gift, it’s also a cracking wine. This Douro red is rustic, oaky and spicy, which works perfectly with Roast Beef.
Feeding a crowd?
Having a few people around this Christmas? Chances are you will need more than one bottle. So why not go for a magnum. Everyone remembers the time they drank a Magnum of wine, the is a certain “Boss Factor” about it, in the same way, they make exceptional gifts. This year we’ve found a classic Mendoza Valley Malbec in Magnum for under £30!