France: Bordeaux

Northern Médoc

The wines of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 05 March 2010
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Food specialities

Steak à la Bordelaise: steak served with a rich red wine and shallot sauce, ideally accompanied by well-structured red such as St-Julien.

Oysters from Arcachon: match with dry white Bordeaux, such as white Bordeaux.

Confit du canard: duck that has been cooked slowly in its own fat and then usually served grilled. This dish needs a rich, fruity red, a Pauillac for example.

Entrecôte steak: often cooked over a barbecue of vine cuttings; this is enjoyed best with a St-Estèphe.

Foie gras of goose or duck: the classic combination when served as a cold starter or an aperitif is foie gras and a glass of sweet white wine. However, a red accompanies pan-fried foie gras well.

Lamprey fish stew: Prepared with red wine goes well with a youthful red Bordeaux for example an Haut-Médoc.

L'agneau de lait de Pauillac: baby lamb raised only on its mother's milk. Best accompanied by a Pauillac, naturellement!

Violet asparagus from Blaye, and green from Les Landes: best accompanied by a dry white.

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