Sauternes and Chinese Takeaway!

Sauternes and Chinese food are a superb match!  In the video below we taste different Chinese dishes from my local takeaway in Bordeaux with Sauternes from three different decades – some 2008 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, a 1999 de Malle and a fabulous 1989 Coutet.  We even try some Tokaji from Hungary as a comparison.

The conclusions?  Conveniently, as most Chinese food (especially from a takeaway) arrives at the table at the same time, Sauternes goes with the full range of Chinese dishes, from the milder more delicate soups to the full-on spicy meat dishes.

Younger Sauternes is particularly flexible and I’d particularly recommend any of the following from our January Sale:

2005 La Fleur d’Or - 2008 Carmes de Rieussec2007 de Rayne Vigneau2008 Doisy Daene2009 La Clotte-Cazalis2006 Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Maybe we’ve started a new trend?  I hope so!  Bill Blatch


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3 Responses to “Sauternes and Chinese Takeaway!”

  1. Izak Litwar Says:

    Indian food with carry or chili suits Sauternes & Barsac wines perfectly too.

  2. admin Says:

    Agreed Izak. Sugar refining actually started in India and there is a tradition of serving sugar alongside spicier dishes (often in cube form) to ease the heat effect if needed. Sauternes is much better than beer with a curry in our opinion.

  3. David Says:

    Now that’s an interesting combo! I’m eager to try the classic Sauternes & foie gras pairing, but need to add this to my “things to try” list, too!

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