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Our February food and wine pairing is the very comforting and traditional French dish: Coq Au Vin. There are plenty of suitable matches with this dish, but as it is originally from Burgundy, we have paired it with a Beaujolais Cru, Morgon.
This particular Morgon is a perfect match with coq au vin and is a recommended pairing by the winegrower.
Coq au vin is quite a simple dish to make unless you make a very traditional dish that involves a cockerel. You can make it well in advance and heat it at the last minute.
Coq Au vin and Morgon Pairing
For about 4 people:
- One whole chicken, or if you don’t fancy chopping up a whole chicken, you can buy thighs, legs and breasts separately. I used for this recipe two big thighs and breasts.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- A couple of good knobs of salted butter
- A packet of lardons
- About 20 small pickling onions. If you can’t find them, use the smallest you can find and half them.
- 1 tbsp of flour
- Two unpeeled garlic cloves
- One bouquet garni
- 20 to 24 Button mushrooms
- A good bottle of red – you want a good bottle as this is the main ingredient with the chicken (I used Morgon)
Heat the oil and butter and brown the chicken over low heat. Remove the chicken and some of the fat.
Add the onions and lardons and sauté them until golden. Add the flour and stir.
Pour in the wine and bring to the boil. Add the bouquet garni, cloves, salt and pepper. Add the chicken, cover and simmer for about an hour. Sauté the mushrooms with some butter in a separate pan and add to the chicken pan. Continue to simmer for at least 45 minutes. The longer, the better, so the wine juices evaporate, and you don’t end up with too much liquid.
Delicious with simple crusty French bread, but if you want to add a side dish, sautéed potatoes or mash are a perfect accompaniment. Rice is also a great partner if it’s too heavy for you.
Cook it at home and try the pairing with Morgon Les Charmes. This Morgon is powerful but elegant and juicy with beautiful stone fruit aromas. Pure and fresh with layered, mineral-toned dark fruit. Subtle and harmonious. A perfect partner to coq au vin.