Match of the week |  Lamb tagine with prunes and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Match of the week

Lamb tagine with prunes and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

You might not immediately think of wine in the context of Moroccan food but in fact Morocco has been a significant wine producer since the days of the French protectorate. And they planted the same grape varieties - grenache, syrah and cinsault that thrive in the south of France.

So it’s no surprise really to find that a lamb tagine, which is quite a red wine-friendly dish anyway, would work with a rather glorious 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Château Mont-Redon, the only revelation being that it showed off the wine quite so well.

I adapted the recipe from Claudia Roden’s Arabesque, adding a teaspoon of honey which nicely offset the slight bitterness of the saffron and cinnamon without making the dish in any way cloying though, together with the prunes, it left a lingering touch of sweetness in the dish which married well with the generous opulence of the wine. The root vegetables I served with it - roast carrots and parsnips - worked well too.

You can buy it from Justerini and Brooks who sent me the sample and have just released the 2019 vintage en primeur.

A Côtes du Rhône - or even a Moroccan red if you could find one - would also be good wine pairings.

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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on December 9 2020 at 10:48

YES! That would be great too

Steve H on December 9 2020 at 10:38

And a Ch Musar, surely?

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