Match of the week | 23 year old Chablis and crispy chicken wings

Match of the week

23 year old Chablis and crispy chicken wings

There were a couple of contenders for match of the week this week. I particularly enjoyed a gin and tonic with my king prawn coconut curry for a start but I’m going for this pairing as it’s always tricky to know what to drink with an very old wine.

The bottle in question was a 1999 La Forêt premier cru Chablis from Domaine Dauvissat-Camus which had developed a rich, almost caramelly flavour though still with a fresh acidity that cut through our starter of salt baked celeriac and confit of chicken wings (basically boned out, crisped up wings). There was some black garlic and pickled wild garlic stems in the dish but it was the umami taste of the shards of crispy chicken skin that did the trick.

The dish was at Rhubarb at Drapers Hall in Shrewsbury and the wine was generously shared by James Tanner of Tanners wine merchants round the corner where I had been doing a food and wine tasting. (The prawns with sweet chilli sauce and Barry & Sons Clare Valley riesling and belly pork with apple purée with Domaine Bruno Sorg pinot gris from Alsace were particularly good matches there!)

For other good pairings with Chablis click here

I ate at Rhubarb as a guest of Tanners Wines

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