Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The Christmas Rose and Domaine du Ricaud Bordeaux Blanc

The Christmas Rose isn't a rose at all but a Hellebore that blooms in the depths of winter. Legend has it that it sprang from the frozen soil of Bethlehem in the midnight hush that attended the Nativity. A little shepherdess named Madelon was tending her sheep that night and the wise Men and Shepherds passed her carrying their gifts for the Christ Child. Madelon began to weep as she had nothing to give. An angel, seeing her tears, brushed away the snow revealing the most beautiful white flower tipped with pink - the Christmas rose.

Especially in Germany, the rose is an emblem of Christ and this 15th century poem refers to the legend:

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
as those of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Gardening Express has the Christmas Rose – amongst many other plants to give at Christmas – and you can order online. You can also send Christmas gifts from www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk - Domaine de Ricaud Bordeaux Blanc is a lovely white wine: the aromas from this slightly pale, golden coloured, easy drinking white, are all of ripe soft fruits and blossoms. In the mouth it offers a good, full, taste of soft juicy fruits. It has well balanced acidity and one glass will simply not be enough!

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