Union Christmas Wine at home

Posted: 10th November 2020Tags:

Who knows what Christmas 2020 will be like? Absolutely not us, and that’s why we slave away in hospitality, rather than sitting comfortably in world domination, placed there by our supernatural ability to predict the future. More’s the shame! A world run by the Union team? Absolute heaven – all dogs and no dress code.

Anyhow. Whilst we’re not in the business of predictions, we are in the business of hope, and so we forge onwards to welcome members and guests in for our usual wonderfully festive fare and plenty of gluggables (Christmas menu HERE, table bookings to reception@unionclub.co.uk.)

But we do also want to provide a more comprehensive at home offering than we have in previous years…

So without further ado, let me introduce The Union Club Mixed Case Home Delivery service, courtesy of our wonderful pals at Jeroboam’s – London’s local wine merchants.

Get into Christmas spirit with a selection of wines from the Club wine list, curated by resident wine rogues Peter & Iain, and delivered to your door for the festive season!

We have two selections available, both at £140 – this includes delivery to any mainland UK address, full tasting notes to help you play sommelier over the turkey, as well as an invite to an exclusive online wine tasting in early December lead by the truly expert Union Wine Man Michael Robins.

To order, simply email Tracy.Turner@jeroboams.co.uk letting her know which selection you would like and your delivery address, and she will arrange an invoice and all of the rest!

 

The Christmas Day Selection

Total £140 incl. VAT & Delivery to any mainland UK address.

Union Club wines…
On a buying trip to the South of France, Peter and Iain stopped off in Carcassonne and blended the Club’s own house range of white and red wines made in the region.
2018 The Union Club Red, Herault, France x 2 bottles
This Cabernet/Merlot blend backed by gentle mature oak flavours and plenty of warm red fruit with a rounded smooth finish.
2018 The Union Club White, Côtes de Gascogne, France x 2 bottles
This classic blend from Côtes de Gascogne of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard & dry Gros Manseng perfect with smoked salmon or lobster on the big day!

N.V. Rodier Père et Fils, Reserve, Epernay, Champagne, France x 1 bottle
First introduced in 1985, this extremely versatile wine has always been blended for Laytons by one of Champagne’s leading ‘Grande Marque’ houses (Lanson). Although bottled under the Laytons name, this Champagne is also available exclusively from Laytons under the label Rodier Pere et Fils NV. Laytons is proud of the extraordinary quality of this Champagne which is priced considerable lower than many larger branded names and yet is widely acclaimed.

N.V. Arcobello Prosecco Brut, Treviso, Italy x 1 bottle
Ermes Mansue is located in Treviso and was founded as recently as 2008.  They have 305 hectares of vineyards planted to Glera (which is what Prosecco must  now be called), Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and are something of a  sparkling wine specialist. The Arcobello is a delightful aperitif, full of flavours of fresh dessert apples.

2015 Le 2 de Romer du Hayot, Château Romer du Hayot, Sauternes, France x 1 half bottle
This estate once belonged to the Count of La Myre Mory and later to the Count of Beaurepaire Louvagny. Since 1911, it has been the property of the Farges family. Following a period under tenant care, it has now returned to the family under Anne Farges, who sees to it that this small vineyard is maintained with meticulous care. Beautifully honeyed, crystalised ginger and tangerine – spice and nutmeg. Unashamedly sweet and generous with a lovely finish.

2014 Grahams Late Bottled Vintage, Douro Valley, Portugal x 1 bottle
The 2014 harvest was made from the best grapes farmed at Graham’s five Douro vineyards. Charles Symington and Alexandre Mariz, who managed the vineyard and winery, have made this wine in the style of the outstanding previous Graham’s Vintage Port. After maturing in seasoned oak casks, this excellent Port is now already to serve and is perfect with cheese or dark chocolate. No decanting is required.

2018 Mâcon-Villages, ‘Les Classiques’, Vignerons de Mancey, Mâconnais, France x 2 bottles
Founded in 1929, Les Vignerons de Mancey, is set in the heart of lovely countryside, a few kilometres from Tournus and the Saône River. They produce classic Chardonnay that draws its structure from the regions different soil that add a subtle and suppleness to the wine, yet it always shows style and elegance.

2016 Rosso di Montepulciano, Nottola, Tuscany, Italy x 2 bottles
This moribund 18th century estate was purchased by Anterivo Giomarelli in the 1980’s, who proceeded to double the vineyard area to 20 hectares, build a  winery and restore the whole property. His son Giuliano is now in charge and he oversees the winemaking with leading enologist Riccardo Cotarella. Winemaking is largely traditional using very large Slavonian oak casks, Rich elegant wines that will go with a grand dish on the big day.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Wine Selection

Total £140 incl. VAT & Delivery to any mainland UK address.

Union Club wines…
On a buying trip to the South of France, Peter and Iain stopped off in Carcassonne and blended the Club’s own house range of white and red wines made in the region.
2018 The Union Club Red, Herault, France x 1 bottle
This Cabernet/Merlot blend backed by gentle mature oak flavours and plenty of warm red fruit with a rounded smooth finish.
2018 The Union Club White, Côtes de Gascogne, France x 1 bottle
This classic blend from Côtes de Gascogne of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard & dry Gros Manseng perfect with smoked salmon or lobster on the big day!

N.V. Rodier Père et Fils, Reserve, Epernay, Champagne, France x 1 bottle
First introduced in 1985, this extremely versatile wine has always been blended for Laytons by one of Champagne’s leading ‘Grande Marque’ houses (Lanson). Although bottled under the Laytons name, this Champagne is also available exclusively from Laytons under the label Rodier Pere et Fils NV. Laytons is proud of the extraordinary quality of this Champagne which is priced considerable lower than many larger branded names and yet is widely acclaimed.

N.V. Arcobello Prosecco Brut, Treviso, Italy x 1 bottle
Ermes Mansue is located in Treviso and was founded as recently as 2008.  They have 305 hectares of vineyards planted to Glera (which is what Prosecco must now be called), Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and are something of a  sparkling wine specialist. The Arcobello is a delightful aperitif, full of flavours of fresh dessert apples.

2015 Le 2 de Romer du Hayot, Château Romer du Hayot, Sauternes, France x 1 half bottle
This estate once belonged to the Count of La Myre Mory and later to the Count of Beaurepaire Louvagny. Since 1911, it has been the property of the Farges family. Following a period under tenant care, it has now returned to the family under Anne Farges, who sees to it that this small vineyard is maintained with meticulous care. Beautifully honeyed, crystalised ginger and tangerine – spice and nutmeg. Unashamedly sweet and generous with a lovely finish.

2014 Grahams Late Bottled Vintage, Douro Valley, Portugal x 1 bottle
The 2014 harvest was made from the best grapes farmed at Graham’s five Douro vineyards. Charles Symington and Alexandre Mariz, who managed the vineyard and winery, have made this wine in the style of the outstanding previous Graham’s Vintage Port. After maturing in seasoned oak casks, this excellent Port is now already to serve and is perfect with cheese or dark chocolate. No decanting is required.

2016 Rosso di Montepulciano, Nottola, Tuscany, Italy x 1 bottle
This moribund 18th century estate was purchased by Anterivo Giomarelli in the 1980’s, who proceeded to double the vineyard area to 20 hectares, build a winery and restore the whole property. His son Giuliano is now in charge and he oversees the winemaking with leading enologist Riccardo Cotarella. Winemaking is largely traditional using very large Slavonian oak casks, Rich elegant wines that will go with a grand dish on the big day.

2018 Raza Reserva Malbec, Famatina Valley, Argentina x 1 bottle
Viña Riojanas is the principle producer in La Rioja province, in the hot North of the country. This co-operative was founded in 1940 and currently has 451 members. It owns 3,682 hectares of vineyard and farms a further 1,106. Over 1,000 hectares are certified organic, with most of the rest to follow. The vineyards are in the Famatina Valley and are located at between 1,000 and 1,400 metres, ameliorating the heat. Classic deep purple. Sumptuous, rich blackberries and plums, enlivened with notes of violet, liquorice and spicy oak. Silken and opulent, but with enough heft and structure to maintain good posture.

2016 Marqués de Reinosa Crianza, Bodegas Reinosa, Rioja, Spain x 1 bottle
The Bodega was established in Autol in the Rioja Baja in the late 19th Century by Don Joaquin Garralda Oñate, the Marques de Reinosa. They are in the minority in Rioja in producing wines exclusively from fruit grown on  their 1,075 hectares of vines in this, the warmest region of Rioja. The Crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo, with ageing in American oak barrels, smooth and complex with a weighty yet elegant finish.

2018 Mâcon-Villages, ‘Les Classiques’, Vignerons de Mancey, Mâconnais, France x 1 bottle
Founded in 1929, Les Vignerons de Mancey, is set in the heart of lovely countryside, a few kilometres from Tournus and the Saône River. They produce classic Chardonnay that draws its structure from the regions different soil that add a subtle and suppleness to the wine, yet it always shows style and elegance.

2018 Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand x 1 bottle
Aromatic and distinctly Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the nose and pallet with great persistence of flavour. This is made at the famed Hunter’s Estate in the heart of the region who have scored over 300 international awards since 1978 for the quality of there wines.

2019 Soave, Gianni Tessari, Veneto, Italy x 1 bottle
In 2013 winemaker Gianni Tessari, a well-known winemaker located in Roncà, in the heart of the Alpone Valley set up his own family winery, success has garnered quickly, winning a host of awards, including the Tre Bicchieri 14 times (the top award of Gambero Rosso). Producing superbly balanced expressive Soaves from a multitude a differing soil types in the ancient volcanic hills around Verona.

To order, simply email Tracy.Turner@jeroboams.co.uk letting her know which selection you would like and your delivery address, and she will arrange an invoice and all of the rest!

 

THE UNION CLUB IS OPEN AGAIN! In line with the roadmap out of lockdown this is for al fresco dining only, and with restricted hours.For more information see here.
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