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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 29 July 2022
Wedding season is back and this year it is expected to be bigger than ever. Whether it's traditional nuptials or a celebration party for a lockdown marriage, choosing the right drinks for the big day is essential.
With everything from dry whites and crisp rosés to sparkling wines and modern, fruit-forward reds, Bordeaux delivers unparalleled wedding wine inspiration. Delight guests with a delicious sweet wine cocktail before moving on to something a little unexpected – perhaps a dry white from Entre-deux-Mers or an unoaked red wine from Saint-Emilion? Celene Opale Crémant de Bordeaux is an original choice for toasting the new union and a fresh and fruity rosé is perfect for dancing the night away.
Here are five magnificent suggestions for raising a glass to the newlyweds:
Cocktails at the reception
Château Liot, Sauternes 2019
Whilst Sauternes are generally known as dessert wines, why not turn tradition on its head and begin celebrations with a delicious cocktail. Poured over ice with a twist of orange peel, it is the perfect way to welcome guests. Château Liot is a HVE certified vineyard and this wine, created by husband and wife team Jerry and Elena David, offers butterscotch and zesty tangerine notes. The Sauternes will ensure to kick off celebrations in style, whilst providing a perfect match for canapés.
£14.99 from Waitrose
Château Puyanché, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2019
Château Puyanché was named after Armand Puyanché who had a dream to own vineyards and bought the estate in the early 1900s. His great granddaughter, Bernadette Arbo, is pursuing his dream. She has built an estate with 38 hectares of vines and decided to produce a white wine in a land best known for its reds.
Château Puyanché is a fragrant and serious, oak-fermented, barrel-aged white wine. It has aromas of toasty vanilla spice, baked apple, elderflower, bold citrus and peach, with a rich and creamy texture to the mouthfeel and fresh notes of apple, peach and lemon peel on the palate. This elegant white is ideal for the wedding banquet and pairs well roast pork and cheese.
£15.99 from Averys
For the head table
Plaisir de Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol 2019
Located on the plateau of Néac, next to Pomerol, Château Siaurac is the largest estate of the appellation. Records show that winegrowing origins of Siaurac go back to the 18th century.Packed full of ripe dark and red fruits with just a hint of spice on the nose, the Plaisir de Siaurac is beautifully lush and smooth on the palate. It is a rich and powerful vegan red wine that has been made to share with friends and family, and matches perfectly with casual fine dining.
£29.99 from Naked Wines
For the toasts
Celene Opale, Crémant de Bordeaux
Located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Celene Bordeaux is owned by the Lannoye family and is managed by Céline Lannoye, the daughter. A crisp, refreshing sparkling wine, Celene Opale Blanc de Blancs has notes of white flowers and exotic fruits. This is a perfect and good value option for toasting to the occasion, and is also suitable for vegetarian guests.
£18 from Champagne Route
For the dancefloor
Clarendelle, Bordeaux Rosé 2021
A more affordable wine from the prestigious Château Haut-Brion estate, this Clarendelle rosé is light and fresh, with notes of tangy redcurrant and strawberry, alongside bright citrus. If bubbles, or white wine isn't your thing, this wine is perfect to keep you dancing all night!£15.20 from Hedonism Wines
All the wines included in this release are from the Bordeaux Hot 50 2022, a selection of some of the most exciting wines Bordeaux, as chosen by a panel of industry experts. The complete Bordeaux Hot 50 Selection 2022 can be viewed here.