Tim Atkin on food to serve with Cheval Blanc 2001 and reds to go with Christmas turkey

Q Dear Tim, A few years ago, I bought six bottles of Cheval Blanc 2001. I keep reading that 2001 wasn't a great year and that this wine is now drinking very well (and will be for a few years yet, I guess). I'm determined to enjoy the wine with my wife, rather than to profit from it. So what food do you serve with wine this grand? Mike Bartlett

A Despite what some people say, I rather like 2001 as a vintage in Bordeaux. It's generally preferable to 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the best wines are delicious. The problem is that 2001 was overshadowed by 2000. Your wine is just starting to drink well now, but will be at its peak in another five years. So I'd leave it in your cellar for now. When you do serve it, I'd take it to a top restaurant and pay the corkage. A wine that grand deserves special food, preferably game, lamb or beef.

Q I'm getting excited about Christmas already and want to start planning our wine buying for the holiday season. I'm not sure which reds to get. I need a cheap £6 bottle and a £20ish bottle for the turkey. What can you recommend? James Thackray

A I like a reader who plans ahead. How about the 2008 Coppiere Chianti (£4.99, 13%, Marks & Spencer) and the 2007 Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir, Central Otago (£20.99, 14%, Waitrose) for your posh red?

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