Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Domaine Pigeade, France, ‘17
Very pale gold in colour, almost straw-like Rhône Valley dessert wine, aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine with flavours of ripe apricots, clover honey & peaches.
Sauternes, Carmes de Rieussec, Bordeaux, France ‘11
Rich botrytis aromas with a honeyed, smooth finish. Intense stone fruit & a marmalade edge. Sumptuous & from an excellent vintage.
Jurancon Moelleux, Domaine Bellegrade, France ‘16
A wonderful bouquet of grapefruits, clementine’s and lots of tropical fruit flavours. With plenty of weight & flavour in the mouth.
Riesling Spatlese, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Germany ’04
A cracking late-harvested Riesling, it plays out all the honeyed floral prettiness possible, backed up with a significant glossy texture & weight of flavour.
Michele Taliano, Birbet, Italy, NV
This frothy red is a speciality of Piedmont, made like a sparkling Moscato, from the red Brachetto grape. This is very sweet, but with refreshing red-fruited bite too. Have with strawberries, raspberries.
Domaine Fontanel Maury, Roussillon, France ’17
Deep ruby colour, rich cherry fruits & sweet spices. Really superb & perfect with chocolate desserts.
Domaine des Forges, Coteaux Du Layon St. Aubin, France ‘17
Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné lies between the Loire and Layon rivers. From vines with an average age of forty years too. Pale gold. Wonderfully honeyed nose. Very sweet attack, showing honey over stone fruit, but with marmalade botrytis character too.
Tokaji, Late Harvest, Kikelet Pince, Hungary ‘11
Kesöi Szuretelésu it says on the label - translated as late harvest. This is a beautifully balanced, fully sweet (70 grams per litre of residual sugar) Tokay from Harslevelu, Furmint, yellow Muscat and Zeta grapes, offering an enticing scent of oranges; and then a lovely mouthful of orange and apricot flavours, with hints of marmaladey botrytis; and a pleasingly fresh finish.
Sake, Akashi-tai Shiraume Umeshu, Japan
Infusion of white plums in Ginjo Sake (14% abv) Very intense aromas and flavours of plum, plum kernel & dried Hunza apricots. Medium sweet with balancing acidity.
Nectar Pedro Ximenez Gonzalez Byass, Jerez, Spain
Rich, sweet and velvety smooth on the palate, Nectar shows complex flavours of caramel, dried fruits, figs, mocha, nuts and spices and is a perfect match for any sweet dessert.
Grahams LBV, Porto, Portugal, ‘14
Smooth, drinking well, full of black fruit and dark chocolate flavours. Following several years of aging in Graham’s 1890 lodge, the 2014 LBV is ready to drink and pairs perfectly with assorted cheese and dark chocolate.
Krohn LBV Ruby Port, Oporto, Portugal, ‘12
Deep ruby colour with hints of pepper, dark chocolate & great acidity.
Ramos Pinto 10-year-old Tawny Port
Notes of dried fruit, vanilla & nuts make this a firm Red Lion favourite.
Krohn Vintage Porto, Quinta do Retiro Novo, Portugal, ‘09
Deep and opaque. Roasted, figgy aroma. Compote of black fruit with milk chocolate. Unfurls depths of cooked plums, black cherries and Christmas spice.