Rabbit & Rhône #WinePW
Spring in the Southern Rhône
Our Wine Pairing Weekend group (#WinePW on twitter) is celebrating spring by creating and sharing wine pairing recipes featuring wines from the Southern Rhône.
Lapin = Rabbit, Good Luck Finding One
One of the things I envy about cooks in Europe is the wider variety of fresh products. They may not have 50 different mac & cheese boxes in the dinner aisle, but the butcher counter will have rabbit, lamb, liver, veal, and a host of other meats we never see in the states. Oxtail? I don’t think so. If you want to go outside beef, pork, chicken, you’ll need to go to the farmers market or a specialty butcher. So that’s what I did, time to try my hand at rabbit!
Southern Rhone Wines
There are a wide variety of allowed grapes in the Southern Rhone and the majority of wines are blends, of course, named either for the region (Cotes du Rhone) or by the village name. Reds are nearly all a combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Whites are fewer and less well known, but also can be a blend of a variety of grapes. Lastly, the Southern Rhone and Provence are well known for dry rosé.
Brotte (White) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts de Barville AOC 2013 (purchased at the winery, available for $25 in the US)
We toured the Brotte winery and museum back in 2014 and brought a few bottles back with us, time to break one out! White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is pretty rare, at least partly because Red Châteauneuf-du-Pape fetches a much higher price. Which would you grow? Anyway, this wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussane, and Bourboulenc. Hand harvested, destemmed, cold settled then fermented over a about two weeks, malolactic fermentation is prevented, giving the wine a bright, fresh character. After fermentation, the wine is aged 40% in French oak barrels and 60% in stainless steel, again, to give freshness.
Eye: Clear, pale lemon
Nose: Clean, medium intensity nose of white flowers, pears and almonds.
Mouth: Rich, full body, mouth coating, but with good cleansing acidity. Nice long finish of pears and almonds.
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle IGT 2012 ($15 at South Lyndale Liquors)
Domaine Rouge-Bleu is a favorite of ours in the Southern Rhone, first because they make delicious wines and second because we had a wonderful time staying in their Bed and Breakfast on our 2014 trip. Not only was Domaine Rouge-Bleu a wonderful place to stay, Thomas gave us great suggestions for restaurants, hikes and wine tastings.
The Dentelle red wine is named after the distinctive mountain range in the Southern Rhone. Consisting of 60% Carignan and 40% Grenache, the grapes are grown organically, and the grapes are left whole cluster during fermentation. The wine is not aged in oak, consequently, you’ll enjoy a lively medium bodied red wine suitable for lighter meats like chicken and yes, rabbit.
Eye: Medium intensity, ruby color with a purple edge.
Nose: A little funky immediately on opening, dissipating after a few minutes. Bright garrique herbs greet you enthusiastically. jAlso strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
Mouth: Medium body, with lively acidity and medium tannins. The aromas from the nose carry into the flavor, with a nice lingering herbal finish.
Wine Pairing with Monsieur Henny’s Rabbit
Both wines were great with the rabbit dish. The White Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a natural, rich body but good acidity and fresh. The Dentelle was different, but equally good with the rabbit. A lighter red leading with herbs and not overly fruity, it just worked beautifully with the dish.
Wine Pairing Weekend with Rhône Pairings for Spring
If you see this by Saturday morning, April 9, please join our chat on Twitter at #WinePW, we love new voices! Here’s what our group will be exploring:
- Jeff from Food Wine Click: Rabbit and Rhône
- Nancy from Pull That Cork: Scallops, Spring Veggies + a White CDP for #winePW
- Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Braised Boar Shanks With Bitter Herb Salad + Vacqueyras Beaumirail
- David from Cooking Chat: Kale Pesto Tilapia with Wine from Southern Rhône
- Martin from Enofylz Wine Blog: A Tavel Paired with Spring BBQ #WinePW
- Meaghan from Un Assaggio: Grilled Rack of Lamb + Arnoux & Fils Vieux Clocher #winePW
- Cindy from Grape Experiences:Wine and Dine: Rosé from Costières de Nîmes and Rack of Lamb with Rosemary
- Sarah and Tim from Curious Cuisiniere: Escalivada (Spanish Roasted Vegetables) paired with South Rhône Rosé
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm: Wine Pairing Weekend Celebrates Spring
- Michelle from Rockin Red Blog: Springtime in Southern Rhône with #WinePW
- Kristen from The Armchair Sommelier: The High Crime ofMushroom Substitution
- Jill of L’Occasion: Welcome Spring with Fresh Food & Le Ferme Du Mont Côtes du Rhône
This recipe is adapted from Patricia Wells “Bistro Cooking” cookbook, and Patricia translated the recipe from her butcher “Monsieur Henny”. I love this cookbook, the recipes are eminently doable at home, highly recommended! Your first rabbit? Here’s a link to help you cut it up like an expert. Easy! Ingredients Instructions
Rabbit with Mushrooms and Thyme
This recipe is adapted from Patricia Wells “Bistro Cooking” cookbook, and Patricia translated the recipe from her butcher “Monsieur Henny”. I love this cookbook, the recipes are eminently doable at home, highly recommended!
Your first rabbit? Here’s a link to help you cut it up like an expert. Easy!