Foie gras is one of France’s most cherished delicacies. The unctuous, fatty liver pâté has fans worldwide, and it has proved it can stand the test of time as a centenary tradition. Foie gras’ unique taste might seem complicated to pair with wine, but following the basic principles of taste, you’ll soon discover pairing the rich food is easy.
The fat and saltiness in the savoury foie are compatible with opposite flavours, in this case, sweetness, which is why the decadent treat is often served along with compotes. Sweet Sauternes, one of France’s most famous dessert wines, is foie’s local pairing, but similar wines are suitable as well, including those from Monbazillac. Sweet and semisweet Chenin or Riesling will pair beautifully with foie gras as well.
It’s not only sweetness contrasting the unctuous richness in foie. These wines have persistence on the palate, which is critical to match foie gras’ lengthy flavours in the back palate.
For a daring pairing, structured red wine will create an astounding harmony as the tannins in the wine cut through foie’s butteriness. Explore our unique collection of wine that pairs with foie gras.