What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

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What is your favorite wine with seared foie gras?

#1 Post by maureen nelson » December 31st, 2019, 12:16 pm

Caveat - I must already own it in half bottle

Choices:

sauternes/barsac (mostly i own climens from 09, 03, 02, 01, 97, 88, and 86 but also have other 01 halves from LTB, Rieussec and Sudurait)

Germany - lots and lots of riesling auslese including goldkaps and stuff that’s not botrytised or sweet. producers include Muller-Catoir (including rieslaner) from numerous vintages, Fritz Haag, Prum, Zilliken, Loosen, Schaefer, Donnhoff. Also have eiswein.

Loire - Baumard QdC from 05, 02, 96, 95. Also some Bise QdC 2002 and huet 1er trie 1997 (Bourg)

That’s it I think.

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#2 Post by Michael S. Monie » December 31st, 2019, 12:24 pm

I'd go with the 02 Baumard QdC.
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#3 Post by John Morris » December 31st, 2019, 12:26 pm

I'd lean toward a Quarts de Chaumes or one of the rieslings, but I can't give you a reason. And I don't think you can go wrong with anything you listed.
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#4 Post by Jim Stewart » December 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm

I am right with you - a nice Coteaux du Layon !!!
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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm

I would check your cellar, but CellarTracker is having a bad day. Got any Darting Rieslaner?
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#6 Post by Michael O'Brien » December 31st, 2019, 12:31 pm

Off-dry to sweet Gewurztraminer
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#7 Post by J. Rock » December 31st, 2019, 12:36 pm

I recently has a '98 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Eiswein (forget the vineyard and CT is going super slow) and it was stunning. It would've been great with foie.
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#8 Post by GregT » December 31st, 2019, 12:49 pm

I'm thinking eiswein but as John said, all of them. It's not on there but I usually have Tokaji-aszu. "Usually" as in every five years!

Enjoy whatever you choose Maureen and Happy New Year.
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#9 Post by Brian Pinci » December 31st, 2019, 1:05 pm

Sauternes and Foie Gras, of course!
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#10 Post by Howard Cooper » December 31st, 2019, 1:24 pm

2001 Climens - of course, unless I am drinking a Truchot or something, it is my favorite wine with almost anything (although a GKA from Zilliken would be pretty nice also). The 2001 Climens is really spectacular so only open it with people who will appreciate it.
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#11 Post by Paul Jaouen » December 31st, 2019, 1:25 pm

Sauternes for sure.
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#12 Post by Michael S. Monie » December 31st, 2019, 1:29 pm

Point of interest (at least to me) is in Andrea Immer's "Great Tastes Made Simple", she recommends rustic Pinot Noir and red Burgundy with cooked foie gras. She pairs sweet wines with foie gras terrines.
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#13 Post by James Wright » December 31st, 2019, 1:44 pm

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#14 Post by maureen nelson » December 31st, 2019, 2:06 pm

Don’t hve yquem. Assignment was to select from what was listed. All of my rieslaner is MC.

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#15 Post by Ken Strauss » December 31st, 2019, 2:11 pm

88 Climens.
It is drinking great and perfect for foie gras.
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#16 Post by maureen nelson » December 31st, 2019, 2:15 pm

Well I just stuck hlf bottles 2001 climens, 2002 selbch-oster bernkastler badstube auslese ** and the 02 baumrd in fridge. Hve to get back to the lapin

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#17 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 31st, 2019, 2:18 pm

01 rieussec was spectacular with it recently.

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#18 Post by Scott Brunson » December 31st, 2019, 6:20 pm

All great choices.
The final call should depend on the accompaniments.
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#19 Post by LMD Ermitaño » December 31st, 2019, 8:18 pm

I used to always serve Sauternes or Tokaji Aszú (4-6 puttonyos) with seared foie gras courses until around 12-13 years ago when I started feeling difficulties transitioning to reds with the main courses. So, now, from your list, I’d say any of your Baumard QdC, Haag or Dönnhoff.
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#20 Post by maureen nelson » December 31st, 2019, 8:45 pm

GregT wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 12:49 pm
I'm thinking eiswein but as John said, all of them. It's not on there but I usually have Tokaji-aszu. "Usually" as in every five years!

Enjoy whatever you choose Maureen and Happy New Year.
Thanks, Greg. I chilled the three listed above. My guest chose the climens. The wine ws fine but I confess - i have lost my taste for it.

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#21 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 31st, 2019, 8:46 pm

You? Don’t you own scads of Climens?
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#22 Post by NED VALOIS » December 31st, 2019, 9:21 pm

maureen nelson wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 2:06 pm
Don’t hve yquem. Assignment was to select from what was listed. All of my rieslaner is MC.
Then get some ! [swearing.gif]

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#23 Post by David Glasser » January 1st, 2020, 6:46 am

Sauternes, Huet Moelleux, Riesling are all good with foie gras.

The 2001 Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Auslese Goldkapsel and the 2001 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsel are both outstanding if you have them.

A recent 1989 Huet 1er Trie Le Haut Lieu Molleux was fabulous. I have no recent experience with Baumard.

The 1988 Climens has been fantastic almost every go for me (except two secondary market bottles that showed signs of seepage), and it’s our wedding year, so that would be my personal special occasion choice. Maureen, I’m curious why you’ve fallen out of love with it. I’m here for you if you need to unload a few.

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#24 Post by Anton D » January 1st, 2020, 8:59 am

Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 12:24 pm
I'd go with the 02 Baumard QdC.
Agree!

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#25 Post by alan weinberg » January 1st, 2020, 9:04 am

maureen nelson wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 8:45 pm
The wine ws fine but I confess - i have lost my taste for it.
+1, lacks the acidity of the German wines. I also often get a bitter apricot pit taste w Sauternes.

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#26 Post by Claus Jeppesen » January 1st, 2020, 9:22 am

[winner.gif] Personally I only think of Sauternes or other sweet wines as a pairing with terrine
With seared Foie Gras I would drink Fourrier Clos St Jacques or similar
Ps: it is even allowed to spell Foie Gras these days?
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#27 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 1st, 2020, 9:31 am

I prefer Sauternes with any preparation of foie Gras.

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#28 Post by Claus Jeppesen » January 1st, 2020, 9:39 am

I think the extreme fatty structure is screaming for acidity
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#29 Post by PCLIN » January 1st, 2020, 9:48 am

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 9:22 am
[winner.gif] Personally I only think of Sauternes or other sweet wines as a pairing with terrine
With seared Foie Gras I would drink Fourrier Clos St Jacques or similar
Ps: it is even allowed to spell Foie Gras these days?

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#30 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 1st, 2020, 10:00 am

Ken Strauss wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 2:11 pm
88 Climens.
It is drinking great and perfect for foie gras.
+1. I was so sad a half bottle recently broke. The dregs were glorious.

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#31 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 1st, 2020, 10:10 am

maureen nelson wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 8:45 pm
GregT wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 12:49 pm
I'm thinking eiswein but as John said, all of them. It's not on there but I usually have Tokaji-aszu. "Usually" as in every five years!

Enjoy whatever you choose Maureen and Happy New Year.
Thanks, Greg. I chilled the three listed above. My guest chose the climens. The wine ws fine but I confess - i have lost my taste for it.
‘01 Climens, Climens, or Sauternes/Barsac?

I do find now that many Sauternes/Barsac come off as clunky (too much sugar and/or too much alcohol for the acidity levels) compared to a fine Riesling Auslese or Vouvray Moelleux or QdC/CdL or Tokaji. But I haven’t found that with certain vintages of Climens and Yquem, like ‘88, and I haven’t had the ‘01 Climens in many years.

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#32 Post by John Davis » January 1st, 2020, 10:54 am

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#33 Post by maureen nelson » January 1st, 2020, 2:03 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 8:46 pm
You? Don’t you own scads of Climens?
I do. The 01 drunk last night just didn’t taste good to me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the bottle, it tasted and smelled just like 01 climens and my friend loved it. But the entire time i was wishing she’d chosen one of the other bottles on offer. I just didn’t care for the flavors

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#34 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 9:22 am
[winner.gif] Personally I only think of Sauternes or other sweet wines as a pairing with terrine
With seared Foie Gras I would drink Fourrier Clos St Jacques or similar
Ps: it is even allowed to spell Foie Gras these days?
I'm with you, Claus, and the others who chimed in. I like nice earthy burgundy on the rare occasions I do seared foie gras. Gevrey is a good choice, or I have even done a really good Savigny or Irancy with age. A cold torchon is different. I mostly can't abide sweet things anymore, including wine, but a couple of sips can taste good.

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#35 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 1st, 2020, 2:23 pm

maureen nelson wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 2:03 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 8:46 pm
You? Don’t you own scads of Climens?
I do. The 01 drunk last night just didn’t taste good to me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the bottle, it tasted and smelled just like 01 climens and my friend loved it. But the entire time i was wishing she’d chosen one of the other bottles on offer. I just didn’t care for the flavors
That's what you get for offering a choice! ;-)

I'm with you, btw. My distaste for sweet things in general aside, Sauternes in particular don't taste great to me anymore. We opened an '88 Yquem 375 for a dinner party a couple of weeks ago. Everyone was exclaiming over it, but Jonathan and I were not excited. And, like your bottle, the wine was spot on.

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#36 Post by Lee Short » January 1st, 2020, 3:06 pm

maureen nelson wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 8:45 pm
GregT wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 12:49 pm
I'm thinking eiswein but as John said, all of them. It's not on there but I usually have Tokaji-aszu. "Usually" as in every five years!

Enjoy whatever you choose Maureen and Happy New Year.
Thanks, Greg. I chilled the three listed above. My guest chose the climens. The wine ws fine but I confess - i have lost my taste for it.
I don't know if this is your issue -- but my palate has changed enough that I just find the caramel notes in Sauternes to be overwhelming. I'm holding my remaining bottles til they are really old in the hopes that the sweetness will recede even further -- or occasionally serving them to friends who appreciate them. Brought an 88 Sudiraut to a friend's place for NYE last night, but didn't end up opening it.

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#37 Post by p. raghib » January 1st, 2020, 3:51 pm

Champagne.

I’m sure you already own some, and while I love Sauternes/barsac with foie gras I believe champagne is best and doesn’t coat your palate like sweet wine. Unless you happen to be serving the foie at the end of the meal which seems less common.
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