Veal blanquette is probably one of the most traditional French dishes. However, pairing wine with veal blanquette can be difficult. This food and wine pairing can present significant difficulties, especially because of the sauce of this dish. However, the success of this pairing will sublimate your taste buds and delight your guests. To help you with this choice, the teams of Château Cantenac Brown have put together the best advice.
Which wine with a veal stew?
As with all food and wine pairings, there are two choices to start with: red wine or white wine. In this regard, blanquette de veau can sometimes be debatable. Indeed, the presence of the sauce in the dish makes this pairing particularly complex.
Traditionally, white wine is recommended for blanquette de veau. Indeed, the acidity of the latter will match with the fat of your dish. White wines generally bring freshness to your pairings. They are therefore excellent allies for pairing with fatty dishes or dishes in sauce. Moreover, the accompaniments of blanquette de veau, such as rice and small vegetables, generally go better with white wine.
However, the world of wine is far too diverse not to be able to match your blanquette de veau with red wine. This pairing requires a great deal of precision, which we invite you to discover in the next section.
Red wine and veal blanquette
As we have pointed out, red wine is not the most obvious match for a veal blanquette. However, it is possible to achieve wonders and surprise you. To choose your red wine, we recommend that you go for a wine with particularly silky tannins. Consequently, you can turn to Burgundy wines whose Pinot Noir will perfectly match your blanquette.
On the other hand, you can turn to wines from other regions, provided that you choose the most advanced vintages in your wine cellar. Indeed, these wines will have extremely silky tannins, almost melted, which will allow you to succeed in this food and wine pairing.
White wine and veal stew
That being said, blanquette de veau is a rather fatty dish. Consequently, the choice of white wine is more obvious. The latter must be acidic. It will bring balance to your pairing. The freshness that this acidity brings will perfectly match the sauce of your blanquette de veau.
To succeed in your food and wine pairing, we recommend you to turn to the white wines of Burgundy or Beaujolais. If you wish to change region, you can also turn to the wines of the Loire. For example, a blanquette of veal with a Saumur Champigny should be a particularly good pairing.