The matching of Sauternes wines opens the door for us to endless culinary possibilities. We cannot forget that many of them will invariably send us to the French fine cuisine, because this wine has classically been considered as the perfect pair for typical French food like foie gras or blue cheeses like Roquefort, which precisely share with it geographic origins.
Before proceeding with Sauternes best pairing, note that it is important not to confuse it with Sauterne wine, because while the former is a sweet wine from Europe with French roots, the second is a quite fresh Californian which lacks those honeyed notes that make the first such special wine.
The sweetness comes not so much due to the type of grapes used in its production, which are usually Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle, the most common in the region of Bordeaux, but to the state they must be found to be suitable for this wine: moldy.
As the French say, is not any mold, is a renowned and reputable putrefaction "pourriture noble", for which grapes need to be under accurate weather conditions in order to reach the necessary point. Vineyards location have the key, since they are placed in a very wet spot during day and night, which are the rivers Garonne and Ciron banks.
Sauternes is an ideal wine to accompany desserts or cheese after a meal. However, its use has spread to all menu items as recently it is proving very successful going with some starters or salads, it could also go with some braised vegetable dishes, as long as it’s made sure that the artichokes are present to counteract the sweet notes coming from the Sauternes with their bitterness.
It does not go well with fish or seafood, although it could for sure accompany poultry, particularly duck, however, its combination with cheese is where it's love at first sight emerges. The spicy cheeses, the strong flavour ones are best match with the taste that a sip of Sauternes leaves. Stopping is difficult once you get started.
For those beginning in this exceptional sweet wine consumption a couple of tips: it has to be served chilled and, in order to succeed, you should debut with a prestigious brand so you can try it with all its quality and fullness of flavour and aroma, such as Château de Rolland, Sauternes Baron Philippe de Rotschild or Chateau Liot Barsac. Vintages are also important and so our choice in this respect should go for the 2001, 2003 or 1997, followed by the 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1995. You cannot miss it.
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A Sauternes with a great QPR.