With a Galette des Rois, champagne is king!
So, what champagne do you pair with a Galette des Rois?
The origins of the "Galette des Rois" may date back to the Romans, but it’s Grappers showing you how to pair it with bubbly today....
In France, it is everywhere at this time of year (Epiphany). Tradition dictates that, at the start of each year, you enjoy a slice of "Galette des Rois", a family-sized stuffed flaky pastry commemorating the arrival of the three kings. Available with a frangipane, pistachio, apple, chocolate or red fruit filling, there's something for everyone. But the Galette is above all a good excuse to get together with family or friends to celebrate the New Year with a delectable treat paired, of course, with the noblest of wines.
The general thing to remember is that the sweeter the Galette, the less acidic your champagne should be. So, avoid champagnes without any dosage. Sugar calls for sugar, or at least a big, full-bodied and mature champagne with the mouth-watering, tart sensation of a raspberry or red berry filling. A fresher champagne or a rosé can also work. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are always good companions for fruit-based pairings.
Frangipane Galette des Rois - the classic version
With its puff pastry, butter and soft almondy filling, you need a rich champagne.
Eric Rodez Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Noirs
Hats off to this one! This champagne really delivers... It is dense, full and generous and combines finesse and distinguished elegance, with an impressive chalky finish.
Price: 48 €
Pistachio Galette des Rois
A lovely champagne with a Pinot Noir character to create an easy pairing with pistachio.
Mailly Grand Cru Blanc de Pinot Noir
This is a creamy Pinot Noir richly endowed with succulent red fruit. The light 29% oak lends it a certain poise and ease and, as always with a Mailly Grand Cru, there’s length and power without any heaviness.
Price: 37 €