If there’s a chicken in the room, you may want to angle the monitor away from them. That’s because dry white burgundy wine makes their flesh so much more delicious, and buying a bottle is a great excuse to fire up the oven for some tasty plates of poultry.
Why Dry White Burgundy Wine Pairs So Well with Chicken
The main white grape to come from Burgundy is Chardonnay. What’s more, the most popular way of preparing chicken is to roast it, and that means the chicken’s flavours are intensified in the oven. Happily, Chardonnay produces wines with tropical fruit flavours. What’s more Burgundian winemakers often develop these flavours by maturing the Chardonnay in oak, which changes the character considerably. It takes on creamy, buttery, toasty notes that pair well with roasted flavours, stock, and white sauces.
What’s more, the Burgundy region is very diverse. That means there’s a wine to suit each part of the chicken, as for instance the Chablis area creates wine with less flavour, more acidity and lighter body. That’s great for delicate breast meat. Meanwhile, Chardonnay from Côte d’Or is full bodied and positively overflowing with flavour, which is great for thigh or wing meat.
Some Finger Lickin’ Chicken Dishes to Try with Dry Chardonnay
- Chicken Maryland – Banana is one of the flavours that crops up in Chardonnay, and in this dish, chicken and banana are plated up together. Both the chicken and the banana have creamy ‘yellow’ flavours, which the wine brings out beautifully.
- Roast Chicken with Lemon – Citrus fruit is another flavour characteristic of Chardonnay, and particularly so of those from Mâcon or the better quality Mâcon Villages. Rub the chicken flesh with the lemon, and stuff the carcas with several of the fruit. Then serve with a good bottle of white Burgundy.
- Poulet au Comté – This is a lovely dish with Comté, a hard cheese, and another export of the Burgundy region. In fact, they do say that ‘what grows together, goes together’. The creamyness of the cheese is excellent with an oaked Chardonnay.
Enjoy the Combination Even More with a Burgundy Wine Glass
While I’m discussing how to get the most from your Chardonnay, it’s worth noting that the kind of glass you drink it from will also alter the experience. ‘Burgundy’ wine glasses are designed for exactly that kind of wine. At eBuyWines, we have a range of glasses to suit several different kinds of wine, and you can see how the shapes change between the recommended varieties. The Riedel Sommeliers Chablis-Chardonnay glass has a wide bowl which allows more of the aroma to collect above the wine.
Some Spanish Alternatives
If you’ve liked hearing about dry white Burgundy, there are other regions producing the same style of white wine. In fact, Spain produces a few versions of white Burgundy:
- Augustus Chardonnay. This has the classic flavour profile of a white Burgundy. There are the tropical fruit flavours, and the toasty nuances which come from oak ageing. There is also a creaminess about the wine. Of course, it is entirely made from Chardonnay grapes, and with 90 points from Guía Peñín, it stands up to comparison with the wines of France.
- Albet I Noya Col.leció Chardonnay. Not only is this a pure Chardonnay with 91 Guía Peñín points, it has been aged with French Limousin and Allier barrels. They’ve gone to very exacting steps to recreate the French taste, but without recreating the the high price tags that come with the very best white Burgundies.
More About Chardonnay
If you’ve discovered a love of Burgundy’s finest grape, there’s more to learn. Read ‘Chardonnay is a lot more versatile than you think’, and find out where else Chardonnay makes an appearance in the world of wine.