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What red for a lamb shank with madeira jus


#1

Hi all

My mum is making a spectacularly awesome ne lamb shank dish next weekend with a lovely sticky, dark jus and of course I’d play sommelier :grimacing:

Has anybody got any recommendations please for a wine match. It’s quite a rich savoury fatty meat which seems straightforward but it’s the rich dark sauce that confused me.

Many thanks in advance :blush:

Oh and please leave your favourite Christmas song in your reply! The pogues, obviously :joy::christmas_tree::santa:


#2

LOVE THIS! :rofl:

Although choosing a favourite Christmas song is a bit impossible for me. :smile: I loooove Christmas songs. I’m probably going to go for this, because of its singalongability and over-the-top naffness:

Onto the wine, and actually our very own Marjorie mentioned a match for a dish with madeira jus in our most recent newsletter!

The wine she’s having is this (I think she mentions the 2009 which we’re out of, but we have the 2011):


#3

I’m just here to say that Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas is the greatest Christmas song of all time and no one will convince me otherwise.


#4

This sounds delicious and has me salivating already at this early hour!
Personally I would go for a Cabernet or blend there of. Thinking Coonawarra Cab or Aussie Cab/Shiraz Blend. Think you need some tannins to cut through the fatty richness but also some sweet fruit to compliment the jus.
Alternatively a Napa Cab or South African BDX blend.
Next back up would be a Zinfandel or Rioja.

My favourite Xmas song - either the Pogues or the Darkness


#5

I’d agree with @winechief - a good, robust cabernet or blend thereof, with Rioja as a good alternative.

As for the tune, for me it’s a toss-up between Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ from the Phil Spector Christmas album, or this perfect piece of pop fluff:


#6

Sounds delicious, @Nowt_in_my_glass! :+1:

My two choices are this yummy Shiraz (had the 2015, but hopefully the 2016 is as good):

Or this lovely Bordeaux blend, which is savoury, and has a good bite of acidity to cut through the fat:

As for favourite Christmas song… My all time favourite is not a ‘song’ as such, but Prokofiev’s The Sleigh Ride from Lieutenant Kije… Boy, how it gets me in the mood!

Ps - not sure why I replied to you, @tom!! :thinking:


#7

Maybe you couldn’t get that classic soft-rock track out of your head?


#8

The power of suggestion…? Perhaps! It’s also my daughter’s favourite Xmas song, so you’re not alone :blush:


#9

You beat me to it - absolutely no argument from me!

For the wine - agree something not too complex from Bordeaux (or possibly a new world Bordeaux blend?) would be a good start


#10

Gaahhh! I clicked on that…

(Oh yes, I knew there was something. Normally I’d reach for the claret with lamb. But that Madeira sauce makes me pause. So I think I would lean to a Rioja or something like that.)


#11

Ooooo so it sounds like tannins and fruit are the way - I wouldn’t have thought of new world cabernet but love that suggestion. I do have

and the exhibition haut-medoc @Inbar

As a leftfield choice what about this…?

if i decant it now it might be ready for xmas day :joy:

@Bargainbob what a choice!!!
@tom haha a bold choice, one that alan partridge would pin his badge and blazer set to!
@laura I hope the christmas song spotify radio channel will be loud and proud in TWS office!


#12

Only yesterday we had to turn it down because the involuntary dancing around at our desks was inhibiting our work… :wink:


#13

The Society’s Exhibition Crozes or a decent Pauillac!!:smiley:


#14

Are you having this with breakfast these days?


#15

Vina Ardanza 2009…

i can’t believe Jonah Louis didn’t get a mention…

ah the Cavalry has arrived in the nick of time.


#16

I think that any N Rhone fruity red would be suitable.
As far as the Exhibition Crozes, I think that I may have only consumed 3 bottles, but purchased 48 bottles. mostly in reserves but some as gifts. :smiley:


#17

I’d go for the old traditional Rioja.
The Rustenburg Shiraz I opened last night and it actually reminded me of a trad Rioja with its leather scent, so @Inbar suggestion would be good too.
Favourite Christmas song (after Chris Rea) is Christmas song by Jethro Tull if just a bit mournful… finishes with “Hey, Santa, pass us that bottle…”


#18

I support the Aussie cab sauv recommendation and also the pogues although Winter Song by Lindisfarne also deserves an honourable mention. Patience is requires - it does get round to referencing Christmas inverse four after the break


#19

Love that song. And there’s always Tull’s more upbeat Christmas offering if needed:


#20

Brilliant find… Alan Hull, taken before his time and left great songs.
Their Christmas concerts were a staple of Newcastle life.