An interesting proposition – a blogger’s challenge, to match Chablis with takeaway food. I would be sent two bottles to try and to see if I can find a suitable match.
I was reminded of the furore a few years ago when Lanson suggested that Champagne would be a great match with fish and chips, illustrating the idea with a cheerful couple enjoying their newspaper-wrapped meal on a beach at dusk.
The Lanson advertisement did help in debunking the idea that Champagne was only for special occasions, and that I suppose is the idea behind the quest to match Chablis with a takeaway.
Two bottles of Chablis duly arrived so I looked into the idea of a beach tryst, similar to Lanson, particularly as I always find fish is complemented so well by Chablis.
However, the skies were heavy with rain bearing clouds and it was cold. Too cold even for a visit to The Company Shed, West Mersea, where we would have eaten the freshest fish and oysters…
Instead we thought we would try our northern Burgundy Chardonnays with a takeaway from Deliverance, the London company who offer a variety of dishes from different countries.
Order placed, we tasted the wines as we waited for the delivery.
Wine no 1: Petit Chablis, UVC 2011
Palest gold. Lemony with coriander leaf; dry, good acidity, lemony, medium-bodied, medium finish.
Produced by the Union des Viticulteurs de Chablis, which is a cooperative of 250 producers who together farm more than 1,200 hectares all over the Chablis region. 22% of their production is Petit Chablis, an appellation covering vineyards on the edge of the region, a good source of less expensive wine but with less expression too.
Available from Majestic £9.99.
Wine no 2: Chablis, Les Grand Terroirs, Samuel Billaud, 2011
Greeny gold. Pears, creamy spice; dry, bright acidity, greengages, lemon rind, plump, ripe – long finish.
From a Chablis family, the talented Samuel Billaud set up on his own in 2009 sourcing grapes to make a range of Chablis wines under his own personal label.
Available from The Wine Society £10.99.
Table set, ready for Deliverance
Prompt delivery, quick photo before unpacking
Bit like ‘pass the parcel’ as we get to the goodies within…
The four dishes were
1x THAI FISHCAKES (5)
“Gorgeous springy little spiced bites with hints of lime and red curry.”
1x SESAME PRAWN TOAST with chilli sauce (6) – in fact only 4 delivered, but that was enough!
1x NASI GORENG
“An Indonesian classic with egg-fried rice, chicken, prawns, chillies and fresh coriander, with extra seasoning pots for those who like it hot.”
1x TERIYAKI SALMON
“Grilled salmon fillet on a bed of rice vermicelli with mangetout, spinach and baby sweetcorn served with Teriyaki dressing.”
Fortunately nothing was very spicy as the heat would have annihilated the wines. As it was the weightier and more complex of the wines, the Billaud Chablis was the one to shine with the two starters and the Nasi Goreng, the hottest of the dishes. The simpler flavours of the Petit Chablis went best with the Japanese Teriyaki Salmon, perhaps due to the slightly sweeter, but less spicy sauce.
Which is why we shall give it another try with a journey to the coast to savour Chablis with fish, on a beach!