The Best Champagne for your Turkey Christmas Dinner
15th December 2021
For those of us celebrating Christmas with a traditional turkey dinner on the 25th, it is highly likely that a drink or two during cooking and eating will take place. As Christmas time is a celebration for many then sparkling wines and especially Champagne are likely to make an appearance.
It is said that around 25% of all Champagne sold and consumed will be during the week of Christmas and New Year. Via a previous survey from ASDA supermarket results showed that the most popular food served / consumed at a Christmas dinner was roast potatoes with second place being carrots and third being Turkey.
Christmas dinner for many families across the UK will be that Turkey roast with all the trimmings, veg, sauces and more. Turkey meat is a particularly rich source of B vitamins, including B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (cobalamin) – It is high in protein and also a rich source of minerals. It is one of the most healthier meats (further facts via HealthLine.com).
Pairing Champagne with Turkey
If you’re looking for a great wine to pair with turkey then Champagne is a perfect suggestion. Though of course wine is a personal choice regarding what you prefer in style, a wine with a medium to high level of acidity is great to pair with white meats (especially the Turkey leg which have higher levels of fat), it is advised though that you should avoid pairing with excessive tannins such as from red wines!
A Brut style of Champagne, so medium levels of sugar / sweetness is the better style to go for. Turkey will be less greasy and require less powerful acidity from the wine to cleanse the palate. A touch of fruity sweet flavours from the Champagne will be welcomed to go against the savoury flavours from the dish. If you have sweeter sauces on your plate, such as cranberry sauce, then you can also opt for a rosé Champagne which will usually have a touch more red fruity sweet flavours to balance the palate.
Champagne Chateau de Boursault
Located West of Epernay, in Boursault, the grower label ‘Château de Boursault‘ is home to the famous château built between 1843 and 1850 by Madame Clicquot Ponsardin, the Veuve Clicquot who owned the Veuve Clicquot Champagne House.
Château de Boursault is one of the few estates in Champagne to have an enclosed space in which you’ll find the vineyards, a wine press, a winery and cellars.
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Champagne Château de Boursault – Brut Tradition: Find our more here
Champagne Château de Boursault – Brut Rosé de Saignée: Find out more here
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