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The best wine for your Christmas dinner

india Updated: Dec 22, 2011 16:43 IST

A panel of wine experts have come to the shocking conclusion that Pinot Noir may not be the ideal pairing for Christmas turkey dinner as traditionally believed.

In a taste test conducted by authoritative wine publication Decanter magazine, a Burgundy white emerged as the unanimous winner for being the ideal drinking companion to a turkey dinner with vegetables and all the trimmings.

The winner, a Chassagne Montrachet 2004, Les Chenevottes 1er Cru, from Jean-Noel Gagnard was also the sole white wine tested among seven other reds.

White wineThe panel of wine professionals and critics agreed that the wine, described as a minerally Burgundy, paired the best with turkey as it went well with both dark and white meat, and brought a refreshing life to the rich meal.

The white wine beat out the perennial favorite, Pinot Noir, which proved to be too sweet against the meal, experts concluded.

Other reds tested included a Chateauneuf du Pape, a 2000 Branaire Ducru claret, Felton Road’s Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2010 from Central Otago, a St Emilion, a Volnay and a Seghesio Zinfandel from Sonoma, all of which were either overpowered by the food, or knocked sideways by stuffing and gravy.

The Chassagne Montrachet website describes the wine as having an intense aroma, long aftertaste and a bouquet that is more floral than fruity.

Meanwhile, in a post for, former Wine Spectator features editor Ted Loos recommends the following:

Boroli Quattro Fratelli Barbera D'Alba 2006
Epiphany Grenache Blanc 2007
Hugel Pinot Gris Tradition 2005
Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaunes 2006
Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier 2006