Elegant Crémant de Bourgogne Served with Lobster Two Ways #Winophiles

French Winophiles Prep for the Upcoming Holidays with Crémant
As we near the end-of-year holidays, we have many opportunities for celebrations, gifts and even an occasional quiet evening at home. When it comes time to celebrate with French wine, Champagne comes to mind first, but who can afford a bottle of Champagne at every one of those celebratory occasions? Crémant to the rescue! The French #Winophiles are here to help you serve fine bubbly during the holidays without excessive damage to your wallet. Look further down in this post for some great suggestions from our group.

Domaine Chevrot Crémant de Bourgogne

Delicious French bubbly without the wallet draining price: Crémant

What’s Crémant?
Just the facts:

  • Crémant is French sparkling wine made in the Methode Champenoise, but outside the strict confines of the Champagne region.
  • Crémant is made in many French wine regions and is usually designated by the name Crémant de “insert region here“. The most popular regions for Crémant are Alsace, Bourgogne, Loire, Limoux. Less often seen, but Bordeaux, Jura and other regions make Crémant.
  • In the US, Champagne usually starts at around $35 and goes up from there. Crémant is almost always available for $20-25.
  • Crémant is available in both Blanc and Rosé forms.
  • Brut is the most popular sweetness level with just a hint of sweetness to balance the acidity and bubbles, just like Champagne.

Domaine Chevrot Cremant de Bourgogne

Domaine Chevrot Crémant de Bourgogne “Les Bulles de Paul” Brut ($26 from Caveau Selections)
This wine comes from the southern tip of the Côte d’Or, and it’s made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes.  In Champagne, they would refer to this as a Blanc de Noirs. I had great fun visiting Domaine Chevrot this summer, take a look at my report from my visit here. If you ever visit Bourgogne, plan to visit Domaine Chevrot. They welcome visitors, tell them I sent you!

Eye: Clear, pale lemon, sparkling. Nice fine, persistent mousse.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity nose. Brioche, ripe lemons, lemon meringue
Mouth: Dry, medium intensity. High acidity, tart and delicious. Medium body, medium alcohol. Bright persistent petillance, sharp tart flavors balanced by a touch of sweetness. Light, not austere.

Domaine Chevrot Cremant de Bourgogne with loster two ways

An elegant dinner at home and easy to prepare

Crémant & Lobster
We enjoyed this wine very much with our lobster two ways. I thought it was a good match for the lobster, cleansing acidity, good depth of flavor to match up to the rich lobster. Julie felt the brioche notes didn’t quite match up, perhaps a blanc de blanc or very steely sparkler would have been a better match. In any case, we easily finished the bottle with our dinner!

A Host of Cremant Ideas from the French #Winophiles

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Lobster served two ways: lobster risotto and boiled

Lobster in the risotto and on the plate. Too much? I think not!

Lobster Two Ways

The Lobster risotto recipe is based on a recipe from Saveur magazine, available here. I’ve adjusted ingredient amounts just a bit to match up with my usual risotto ritual.  These instructions assume you know how to open a boiled lobster. If you need some hints, take a look here. Finally, you can serve two people with this same recipe.  Just buy 2 lobsters. You’ll split 1 lobster and put the lobster meat from the 2nd lobster in the risotto.

Bonus: You’ll have plenty of leftover risotto for another meal of risotto fritto for two! Risotto fritto is really just taking the leftover risotto, smashing it like a big pancake and heating it in a little EVOO in a medium-hot cast iron skillet until it is a nice and dark golden brown. I like to sprinkle it with fresh herbs once it’s on my plate.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken stock (hopefully homemade)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio or vialone nano risotto rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine (nothing fancy, but one you’d be willing to drink)
  • 3 live Maine lobsters, 1.25-1.5 lbs each
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest, plus
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh arugula
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • If you need it, melted butter for dipping the lobster

Instructions

  • Put on a large pot of well salted water, bring it to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer
  • Bring the chicken stock to a simmer on the stovetop
  • Prep all the risotto components, as the French say: “mise en place”
  • Bring the large pot of water back up to a rolling boil.
  • Kill each lobster by placing the tip of your chef’s knife in between its’ eyes. Cleanly and quickly pierce the head shell of the lobster, with a clean cut.  The lobster will die instantly. This is more humane than placing a live lobster in boiling water. Cut the rubber bands holding the claws shut. The rubber bands can give the lobster an unpleasant taste if they are boiled along with the lobster.
  • Place the 3 lobsters in the boiling water.  Cook for 18-20 minutes after the pot returns to a boil. Just enough time to make your risotto!
  • Place your risotto pot on medium heat
  • Add the Tbsp of EVOO, heat it till it starts to shimmer
  • Add the shallots and garlic and saute until they are translucent and the garlic is fragrant
  • Add the rice, stir and saute until it is translucent, about 3 minutes
  • Add the white wine and stir, let the rice absorb the wine
  • Adjust the heat on the risotto pot to maintain a high simmer while the rice absorbs the liquid.
  • Add the stock to the rice, 1/2 cup at a time. Continuous stirring is not required, but stir often.  Add stock once the rice has absorbed the prior 1/2 cup.  The rice will require around 20 minutes to absorb all the stock.
  • Once the lobsters are cooked, remove them from the pot and cover two lobsters with foil to keep warm.
  • Shock the third lobster in ice water, just to make it manageable to harvest the lobster meat.
  • To serve the lobsters, use a chef’s knife to cut the lobsters lengthwise in half, from stem to stern. Serve 1/2 lobster per person with a mound of lobster risotto. Cremant is a perfect accompaniment to an elegant dish you can make at home.

Comments
30 Responses to “Elegant Crémant de Bourgogne Served with Lobster Two Ways #Winophiles”
  1. Nancy says:

    What an elegant meal for the holidays. The presentation is beautiful. Joe will be happy with the “pseudo-champagne” choice. Thank you!

  2. Love the pairing and I am digging the short videos. You are getting so fancy! I will say I was afraid those lobsters were going to be alive. Thank you for not showing that part.

  3. I’m not typically a big lobster fan but you make me want to dig in! Especially that risotto. I need to keep Crémant in mind for risotto pairing.

  4. Jeff I love the video! And I really like the glass, such a beautiful elegant shape. We found that the Crémant de Bourgogne we tasted was the best pairing with our lobster tails. My lobster dish was, of course, in no way as detailed and involved as your beautiful culinary experience here. I’m keen to try your risotto recipe and perhaps search for another Crémant de Bourgogne to pair it with!

  5. wendyklik says:

    Wow…what a fantastic Holiday pairing.

  6. I love lobster and so does my son but my husband not so much however he LOVES risotto so win win win!! This sounds really yummy and a nice holiday special occasion meal … maybe my birthday with a cremant! Thanks for the leftover makeover suggestion too– if we have any!

  7. As I indicated during the chat yesterday, now I’m craving Lobster. Thanks a million Jeff! You Cremant sounds like it’s right up my alley and I’m sure it was delightful pairing with your lobster! Love the video too!

  8. Great pairing and holiday dinner. I think I will buy lobster tails instead of the whole lobster, just can’t do it. Love love the video, you inspire me for 2019.

  9. Payal says:

    Pretty plating and the combination sounds terrific! I can’t expound on how the pairing might’ve been since I’m allergic to lobster so I haven’t had it with wine.

  10. That lobster dish is worthy of a special occasion, and the Cremant makes a festive accompaniment. Love the video!

  11. Nicole Ruiz Hudson says:

    This lobster pairing duo looks swoon-worthy!

  12. Jill Barth says:

    I’m so sorry I’m behind on my comments. The event was on our anniversary and time just slipped away. This is such a special post, but you always elevate any food you make. I imagine your kitchen is a place that feels joyful all the time!

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