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Champagne and food

Winter

Champagne and winter pudding

Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Twelfth Night, Candlemas. Winter is a time of indulgence, a time of festive fare and traditional culinary delights, intimate family reunions and evenings, with friends round the dinner table. It is a time for staying snug by the fireside and enjoying the gorgeous desserts that go with the season

There are as many recipes as there are ingredients. The cornucopia of fruit ranges from crisp white apples and melt-in-the-mouth pears to more exotic fruit such as citrus, pineapple, bananas and coconut. There are crystallised fruits and nuts in abundance (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts) and sugar with which to confection your heart‘s desire; sugar cane, sugar syrup, icing, granulated and caster sugar whisked into frostings and soufflés, crystallised or liquefied into golden caramel. There are wonderful combinations based on honey, praline, liquorice, spices and chocolate.

When it comes to desserts, the list of possibilities is endless — and perfectly in tune with the fabulous range of Champagne wines. Choose your type of Champagne and create new harmonies of flavours, tastes and textures to suit. Conjure up rnagical moments and atmospheres, bathed in the rosy hue of intensely aromatic desserts with moist, creamy textures and crisp, crunchy toppings. Choose fleshy, powerful, robust Champagne wines, of the kind that are long in the palate and a sure remedy for Winter blues.

Be discerning when deciding which Champagne to serve with your winter dessert. The choice is a very delicate one because of the rich flavours and complex textures involved.

Winter desserts may be divided into three categories:

  • Tarts and other puddings such as crumbles (apple, rhubarb, quince, pineapple, plums and pears) that combine the fresh, fleshiness of fruit with the moist, biscuity or crispy texture of sweet flan pastry, shortcrust and flaky pastry.

    These desserts go best with fleshy, round Champagne that with a few years‘ ageing will bring forth the character of the grape varieties and terroirs from which it originate. Choose vintage or already quite mature blanc de noirs Champagne or one made predominantly from black grape varieties, Pinot noir and/or meunier, either white or rosé.

  • Creamy, moist, melt-in-the-mouth cakes, such as plum pudding, rice pudding, Paris-Brest, Saint-Honoré, pancakes, choux à la crème, macaroons, madeleines, financiers and mille-feuilles.

    These sumptuous desserts strike a fabulous choral with smooth, long Champagne that combines structure or a measure of creaminess with soft warm aromas: brut, dry or medium dry Champagne created from an assemblage of the three grape varieties (Pinot noir, Meunier and Chardonnay). Alternatively, choose mellow, robust rose Champagne vinified by maceration on skins and packed with fruit.

  • Dry cakes such as biscuits and cookies, almond cakes, rock cakes and shortbread. These desserts have a dense texture that calls for the refreshing qualities of light and lively blanc de blancs Champagne preferably vintage or aged more than five years on lees. Choose rosé brut Champagne for its caressing textures and delicate flavours that go beautifully with dried fruits and concentrated textures.

When serving Champagne and winter desserts, be careful to avoid the following:

  • Frozen desserts or those that are excessively runny or liquid in texture (zabaglione, oeufs à la neige, floating island pudding, crème brulée, ice creams)

  • Desserts that are over sweet (honey, jam, marzipan) or tasting strongly citrus, chocolate (white or black), coffee or mocha

  • Desserts with an excessively greasy or buttery texture such as fritters, white chocolate logs (butter cream and icing)

Champagne goes best with desserts that bring out the natural flavours of their ingredients.

Champagne and the season for romance

Weddings, Saint Valentine’s Day, engagement celebrations, heavenly, memorable moments specially made for lovers. Dates for delicious tête-à-tête with Champagne and a few well-chosen dishes.

Consider a menu that has a change of rhythm:

  • With the aperitif and entrée serve a lively blanc de blancs Champagne
  • With the main course and dessert, serve a more rounded than powerful Champagne with lasting softness and opulence

Apéritif

The apéritif sets the tone and should be fresher than what comes next. Create a universe suffused with the soft floral notes of lilac, lily of the valley and acacia - notes typical of a vintage blanc de blancs Champagne that allies freshness of composition with the richness of a long period of ageing on lees.

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  • Diced monkfish with saffron
  • Curried shrimp brochettes with pineapple

Entrée

Continue in exploratory mode with a gratinée of oysters or a feuilleté of scallops to take further along the path of sensory discovery. Savour the perfect fusion of the salty, mineral taste of iodine and the creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture. Note how the flavours have grown more pronounced.

The Champagne becomes more expressive by degrees. Freshness is replaced by a reassuring fullness and incomparable skillness that echo to perfection the opulent richness of the dishes. New aromas arise as mellifluence gradually turns into soft sensations of hazelnuts and almonds.

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