The fondue is fat, rich, salty and strong in taste. And a real happiness to be tasted and shared! The wine (white, exclusively) must be its complement: acid, refreshing, smooth and powerful in alcohol.
For once we won't tell you that you can have red wine with a dish that is traditionally served with white wine. As cheese is the almost unique ingredient of the dish, red wine is to be avoided.
There are several things to consider when thinking about which wine to serve with raclette. The combination of the three cheeses, inevitably, brings the fat character of the dish. It will therefore be necessary to find a white wine with a certain acidity to associate it with the fondue. The cheeses are also salty, so they should be paired with a smooth wine. Finally the fondue is strong in taste, the white wine which will accompany it will have to be powerful to be able to coexist in mouth with the strong aromas of cheeses. The richness of the fondue should also be balanced by a great freshness in the wine that accompanies it.
This Savoyard dish goes well with ... Savoy wines of course! Appellations such as Abymes, Apremont, Chapareillan or Roussette are unanimously acclaimed. Loire wines such as Savennières or Cheverny are a good choice too. For lovers of strong enough wines, choose the Rhone Valley: the whites of Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Peray go well with the Savoyard fondue!
Fondue is good, fondue is fun, fondue is friendly: so many reasons to give in to temptation! Beaufort, Emmental cheese, Tomme de Savoie, white wine and garlic, accompanied by dozens of bread rolls, and you are ready to enjoy one of the wonders of Savoy. This dish is so appreciated that it has come out of its region of origin. Fondue is eaten in all regions of France to warm up during the winter. You too have a pledge if you drop your piece of bread? In any case at Les Grappes we never floss in the fondue... And we won't bring a bottle of Bordeaux red wine to a fondue party! Marius had definitely everything he needed when it came to this ideal dish for a refreshment after a day in the cold.