Search for a perfect wine
I’ve told you about my Christmas eve oysters with black truffle cream–and the cava that we had with them. Well, here’s a follow-up on the wine conundrum. While it was excellent cava, it just didn’t do quite what I wanted with that particular combination. So I headed back to Wine Authorities here in Durham for another consultation. After a lot of consultation, I came home with two wines to try.
I had enough black truffle cream left to try a repeat of the combination with different wines, and my neighbor was willing to do a repeat, too. Here’s what we tasted:
- 2012 Viré-Clessé (Gandines, Domaine des, France) Domaine des Gandines, Viré-Clessé, Macon, Burgundy, France 2012, 100% Chardonnay.
- 2002 Muscadet “Le Legendaire” Vieilles Vignes (Herbauges, Domaine des, France)
Dom. Herbauges, Muscadet “Le Legendaire”, Cotes de Grand Lieu – Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France, 2002, 100% Melon de Bourgogne.
We gave some close attention to the wine as well as the oysters. Both these are excellent wines which I would definitely buy again. Both were definitely closer to what I was looking for than then cava–though I’d certainly not refuse that again (even with oysters and black truffles).
After some very serious consideration, we decided that the white burgundy worked extremely well with the oyster/truffle combination. It just seemed to flow right in with both tastes–bridging the briny oyster and the earthy truffle with the fruit. I was not familiar with the Viré-Clessé though I do have a particular fondness for white burgundies–thank you Wine Authorities for expanding my horizons. It is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for white wine in the Mâconnais subregion in Burgundy in central France. It is a wonderful wine.
The more I considered this, I thought that the Muscadet would be good with oysters alone, and perhaps with truffles alone. Being in experimental mood, this evening I have made a simple dish of pasta, truffle oil and butter to continue the tasting experiments.
As I expected, the white burgundy is very good with the pasta–it’s not overwhelmed by the flavor and aroma of the truffle, and the fruit is a great contrast to the earthiness of the truffle; the fruit here is not as sharply contrasting as with the Muscadet citrus–but enough fruit with a mineral nature to accentuate, while blending with the woodsy truffle (that tiny hint of oak?). Bottom line, and awesome combination. I hope there will be more of this!
The Muscadet is also excellent with the truffle pasta–in fact I think I prefer it to the burgundy with just truffle flavor and aroma–the bright, citrus and honey are a contrast to the earthiness of the truffles. I think that it must be the notes of goat cheese and the gouda (definitely an aged gouda) that tie in with the truffle’s woodsy, earthy flavor. The citrus then cuts the richness of the butter–a very delightful contrast. Bottom line here, an awesome combination again.
I can’t honestly say which of these I’d choose to go with something featuring truffle–I’d have to decide after considering the other foods served–this was a very unadorned taste test–just pasta and truffle!
Thanks to my little experiment of oysters with black truffle cream, I’ve been introduced to three very special wines–two which were good but just not quite right, and an exquisite burgundy which seemed to bridge the gap between the briny oyster and the woodsiness of the truffle.
Unfortunately, I don’t have oysters to hand so I can’t taste these two with just oysters, which seems the next logical step….though I’m sure both will be excellent with just oysters alone.
This was such a striking flavor combination that it’s very likely to be the new Christmas Eve tradition in my house.
Now as for the wine? Will I be satisfied with a white burgundy, or will the search continue?
A son goût!