Wine Advent Calendar 2018

There are Advent Calendars that reveal chocolates, toys, treats and more, but our favorite Advent Calendars are the ones that give the gift of wine. We are following Delectable community member, Chris England as he reveals a new wine each day and pairs them with festive photos and "Santa says" commentary. Tune in daily for updates and continued Holiday Cheer (and cheers)!

Chรขteau d'Yquem

Sauternes Sรฉmillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1989

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 24 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œWell sorry folks, Iโ€™m staying in and drinking this love juice tonight ๐Ÿ˜ see you next year, Love Santa xxโ€

๐Ÿ“ I say what an epic treat ๐Ÿ˜ 30yr old dโ€™Yquem that went perfectly with some mixed cheeses ๐Ÿง€

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Krug Rose KrugID 314047 wines 2002-2007 bottled 2014

๐Ÿ“ Chateau dโ€™Yquem 1989

๐Ÿต 98-99 points - stunning just stunning

๐Ÿ‡ 80% Sรฉmillon & 20% Sauvignon

๐Ÿท Golden orange w/ a brown hue

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Burnt smokey apricot & orange through maple syrup, charred creme brรปlรฉe, fallen apple tart tatin, pear compote, brandy, sherry, pineapple, honey & creme caramel

๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ syrupy creamy voluptuous decadent sweet explosion of sticky apricot jam, mulled orange & caramelised pineapple w/ aged toffee apple, sticky toffee pudding, creme caramel, thick honey & spiced peach tones

๐ŸŽฏ Long long long sweet smily linger of the above

โ€” a year ago

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@Dawn Emory have a lovely day ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿท๐ŸŽ
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@P A back at ya from ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿท

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this is the best advent calendar I have ever seen ! did you build it yourself ? Merry Christmas!

Kumeu River

Matรฉ's Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 19 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œPrefect for a sunny Christmas BBQ in New Zealand ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ— Iโ€™ll stop by on the 24th ๐Ÿ˜โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say for ยฃ22 RRP for 75cl this is a cracking Chardonnay you canโ€™t go wrong with at this price ๐Ÿ‘

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Ruinart Brut NV

๐Ÿ“ Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2016

๐Ÿต 91-92 points & should improve

๐Ÿ‡ Chardonnay

๐Ÿท Light straw yellow

๐Ÿ‘ƒ A burgundy-esq delicate fresh clean nose of oak free fine chalky minerals through soft citrus, light green apple & peach w/ honey tones, flint, melon, mango, smokey puff & lemongrass

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of smooth creamy crisp citrus fruits intertwined with mashed green apple in slight dry minerals w/ melon, peach and green lemongrass tones in med acidity

๐ŸŽฏ Med+ touch mineral chalky dry finale of green lemon, apple, peach & unripe honeydew melon
โ€” a year ago

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Chรขteau Canon

Saint-ร‰milion Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 16 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œPeople should leave me this this instead of a mince pie & milk ๐Ÿ˜Šโ€

๐Ÿ“ I say a rather delicious showing for this vintage & went lovely with some gooey melting Epoisses cheese & Charcoal sourdough crackers ๐Ÿ˜ โฉ scroll for pic on Instagram ๐Ÿง€

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Taittinger Rose NV

๐Ÿ“ Chateau Canon 2011

๐Ÿต 93 points

๐Ÿ‡ 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Franc

๐Ÿท Deep opaque blackened ruby

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Dark creamy damson plum through smoked oak, rock minerals & gravel w/ pencil lead, blackcurrant, liquorice, raspberry, herbs, soggy earth & mocha

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of blackcurrant driven dark plummy fruits w/ a touch of fresh wild raspberry, mineral & cocoa

๐ŸŽฏ Med+ red & black fruit fresh filled finale w/ a light dry minerality & cocoa tickle
โ€” a year ago

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@Chris England Chris Fun review and pic may you and Mrs. E have a wonderful Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ Cheers ๐Ÿท๐ŸฆŒ

Maison Roche de Bellene

Les Grands Echรฉzeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2010

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 23 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œMrs Claus told me I should get wrapping so here goes .. I'm coming down the chimney like a Santa should, Iโ€™m giving da presentz to the kidz in the neighbourhood! word to ya Christmas ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ฅโ€

๐Ÿ“ I say this Halfy has aged well in its little bottle and is a great way to make younger burgundy more approachable ๐Ÿ˜‰ but wow Mrs E a halfy of Echรฉzeaux ๐Ÿ˜

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Louis Roederer Rose 2011

๐Ÿ“ Maison Roche de Bellene Echรฉzeaux Grand Cru 2010

๐Ÿต 94 points

๐Ÿ‡ Pinot Noir

๐Ÿท Clear ruby with brick hue

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Rich soggy earth & smoke oozing through a blackberry bush w/ cherry, herbs, warm leather, loam, soot embers & fig

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of creamy red cherry & earthy blackberry w/ red berry fruit, mocha & a hint of fig & date

๐ŸŽฏ Long touch dry earthy mocha cherry, blackberry, date & figgyness
โ€” a year ago

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Chรขteau Lรฉoville Barton

La Rรฉserve de Lรฉoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 20 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œGosh 4 nights to go .... better get Rudolfโ€™s red nose skin exfoliation and quad-hoof manicure & pedicure done ๐ŸฆŒ Ho Ho Ho ๐Ÿ”ดโ€

๐Ÿ“ I say Iโ€™m a huge fan of Leoville Barton & this is my first try of their second wine ๐Ÿค” itโ€™s ok as a 2nd but not one Iโ€™d buy ๐Ÿ˜

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV

๐Ÿ“ La Reserve de Leoville Barton 2014

๐Ÿต 86 points

๐Ÿ‡ 71% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot & 4% Cabernet Franc

๐Ÿท Deep blackened ruby

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Bright ripe fresh fruity blackcurrant w/ blueberry, dark plum, raspberry & cocoa in light oak

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of juicy med+ acidic blackcurrant w/ raspberry, plum, cocoa & stalky greenness

๐ŸŽฏ Short+ acidic blackcurrant & plum cocoa simple clean green finish
โ€” a year ago

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Chรขteau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2010

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 18 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œMusar is Musar & Santa is Santa ๐Ÿ˜‰โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say Musar is always better with 15-25 years age but this 8 year baby is quite gluggable

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Veuve Clicquot NV

๐Ÿ“ Chateau Musar 2010

๐Ÿต 92 points

๐Ÿ‡ 33% Cinsault, 33% Carignan & 34% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸทRich deep ruby

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Raisin, date, fig & herb through blackcurrant, strawberry, raspberry & blackberry w/ mint, light smoke, oak shards, earth, spice & cherry expressed best in a Zalto Burgundy glass

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body fruit explosion of black & red berry/currant fruits w/ a touch of mocha & a fresh clean mint repeat red fruit follow through then a hit of fig & date in med acidity

๐ŸŽฏ Med+ slight sweet & dry clean fruit bomb refreshing linger
โ€” a year ago

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Gaia & Rey Langhe Chardonnay 2015

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 15 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œLooks like Iโ€™ve been a good boy for Christmas to ๐Ÿ˜ƒโ€

๐Ÿ“ I say this is drinking stunningly now in a Zalto Burgundy glass but will age amazingly - truly one of the best chardonnays out there ๐Ÿ˜

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Bollinger Rose NV

๐Ÿ“ Gaja Gaia & Rey 2015

๐Ÿต 96 points w/ bigger potential

๐Ÿ‡ Chardonnay

๐Ÿท Clear straw yellow

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Tropical mango fruits through green apple & citrus in soft mineral rock w/ a smokey backbone, peach, honey & a light herb oxidative baked brioche tone

๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ creamy smooth silky body of apple cream, honey butter & citrus curd w/ tropical marmalade w/ a touch of minerality in med acidity

๐ŸŽฏ Long buttery tropical, green apple & citrus balanced creamy coating linger w/ a mineral & herby peach tickle
โ€” a year ago

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Great bottle
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@David L was stunning ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿท

R. & L. Legras

Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 22 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œTwo more sleeps boys & girls ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope youโ€™ve all been good! I have so Iโ€™m going to pop these bubbles ๐Ÿ˜‰โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say this has aged quick in the baby bottle and very oxidative reminiscent of a Bollinger with 10 years age - a good new find ๐Ÿ‘

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

๐Ÿ“ R&L Legras Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut NV

๐Ÿต 91 points but would like to re-evaluate on a 75/150cl bottle vs 37.5cl

๐Ÿ‡ Chardonnay

๐Ÿท Golden yellow straw

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Oxidative toasted brioche, smoke, fallen apples, honey & burnt citrus curd biscuit w/ a cream caramel & mineral undertone

๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ bodied rich ripe fine bubbled mousse of caramelised apple, honey, citrus biscuit, grapefruit & dry mineral

๐ŸŽฏ Med++ touch dry burnt caramel apple tarte tatin, citrus curd, grapefruit & mineral linger
โ€” a year ago

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Shafer Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 21 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œThree days to go so just had Mrs Claus do my sack, back & crack - gotta be beech ready for some regions I deliver ๐Ÿ˜‰โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say My favourite ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Merlot thatโ€™s not a Merlot ๐Ÿคฃ not as pungent & in your face as the 2012/13 and a bit easier going ๐Ÿ‘ You canโ€™t go wrong with this wine ๐Ÿ˜ especially with ๐Ÿฅฉ Iโ€™d give this 3-5 years but good now to ๐Ÿ˜€

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvee NV

๐Ÿ“ Shafer Merlot 2014

๐Ÿต 92-93 points

๐Ÿ‡ 78% Merlot, 14% Malbec & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐Ÿท Opaque black ruby

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Dark damson plum, black cherry & blackcurrant w/ raspberry, cloves, cocoa, spice, liquorice, mint & gravel w/ a touch of smokey oak lingering

๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ super smooth silky spiced blackcurrant, dark plum, dark cherry, blueberry & cocoa cream w/ a sweet raspberry undertone w/ a touch of green stalk & coffee kick

๐ŸŽฏ Long ripe black fruit finish covered with dark chocolate, raspberry & blueberry sprinkles
โ€” a year ago

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Domaine du Colombier

Petit Chablis Chardonnay 2015

๐ŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 17 ๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œRudolfโ€™s got his eyes & big red nose on this one ๐Ÿ˜โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say for a retail price of ยฃ14 for 75cl this is a cracking quaffer of a Chablis - a real winner for spring & summer ๐Ÿ‘

โฉ ๐Ÿพ Mrs E got Ayala Brut Majour NV

๐Ÿ“ Domaine du Colombier Petit Chablis 2015

๐Ÿต 92 points

๐Ÿ‡ Chardonnay

๐Ÿท Light straw yellow

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Fresh & crisp cut green apple, pear, vanilla & soft citrus w/ a touch of chalky mineral, hints of tropical fruits, nuts & apricot w/ no oak evident

๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of creamy fresh punchy green apple & citrus w/ conference pear, vanilla & a hint of apricot

๐ŸŽฏ Med+ fresh zingy & creamy slight sweet pear driven green fruits w/ a touch of vanilla citrus & chalky mineral
โ€” a year ago

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