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Choose a white wine that is not too dry to go with the fat of the raclette and reds that are not too tannic, which will go well with delicatessen.

White or red: which wine to serve with raclette?

If you are in charge of the wine, here are the tips from the Grappes: The traditional raclette is made only of cheese and potatoes, it is the Savoyards (a big thank you to them) who added the charcuterie last century.

From this division results two schools: for the first raclette, without meat, a white wine will be more suitable. It should not be too dry. Indeed, it might be too different from the general fat of raw milk cheese.

If you have opted for the delicatessen raclette, with a farandole of hams and their pickles, a red wine can also match perfectly! Grape varieties such as pinot noir and gamay, which are sweet and not too tannic, are made to go with raclette.

Variant : The Jura people are not to be outdone with their variant based on morbier to be served with wines from the Jura crus such as Arbois and Savagnin en Blanc or Pinot Noir from the foothills of the Jura

The ideal appellations for raclette

For whites, we recommend Loire appellations such as Cheverny and Montlouis-sur-Loire, or more local appellations such as Apremont and Chignin-Bergeron in Savoie. About Savoy, note that the Bergeron grape variety changes its name when it is released from Savoy and becomes Roussane in the Côtes du Rhone. In Burgundy you will choose Mâcon-Villages or Saint-Véran, they will match very well with your raclette.

For the reds, Gamay des Beaujolais like Moulin-à-Vent and Morgon brings suppleness and beautiful touches of red fruit. Pinot Noir in Burgundy on the terroirs of Maranges, Côtes de Nuits Villages and Beaune are our three favourite appellations for Savoyard and Jura raclette because of their warm character and tinged with fine touches of spices. You hesitate in Burgundy? Then choose a Chorey-lès-Beaune for its liquorice notes and small red berries (in youth) and animal and leathery touches as you get older. If you want to drink wine from the same area as your raclette, Savoy wines such as Chignin or Jongieux, hams and sausages will be very well served.

Raclette and wine: a great table and friends

Raclette is a dish that can be enjoyed by several people, and as always when there are people at the table, we wonder what we will be able to drink with our raclette! Which bottle will enhance this traditional Savoyard dish? First, you will need to provide enough cheese and deli meats for an entire regiment, so don't miss it around the raclette machine.

This dish, originally Swiss in origin, gives pride of place to a melted raclette cheese, neither too strong nor too bland. Raclette is not known for its "light" side, but no one restricts himself! The wine served with raclette must also be generous, and you are sure to have a great evening!

If your guests take care of bringing the wine, it will be a surprise, and everyone has their own ideas on the question of the perfect wine to go with the raclette.

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