Match of the week
Apricot tart and Louis Roederer Carte Blanche
After two days in the Jura and 24 hours in Champagne it was harder than usual to come up with just one match this week* but I’m going for this combination of apricot tart and Louis Roederer’s demi-sec champagne Carte Blanche because it’s one you can reasonably easily replicate at home.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the demi-sec style as the higher dosage (added sugar) is often an excuse for an inferior product but really loved the delicately honeyed style of Roederer’s version. With a not-too-sweet tart where the emphasis was on the fruit it was a really delicious match.
It’s also relatively affordable for a grande marque: £32.99 online at Ministry of Drinks, £36.95 at The Whisky Exchange which also has a shop near Borough Market and £37.50 at Hedonism in Berkeley Square. (As with most champagnes prices vary quite a bit so shop around for the current best offer.)
*One of the other highlights was an old favourite, Vin Jaune and Comté - I’ve updated my list of Comté pairings here.
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