A family recipe, rather cheap and tasty, Basque chicken can also be a little puzzle when it comes to matching it with wine. White meat often calls for a white wine, but in this recipe chicken is combined with strong flavoured vegetables such as onions, garlic and peppers, which call for a red wine. Who's going to win? Which wine to match with Basque chicken?
Let's not get into a big sommelier lesson. Here is a little secret that will save you when you have a doubt about the harmony of a wine with a dish according to their origin. A regional dish generally goes very well with the wine (or even the drink) that is produced in the same region.
What could be more natural than to look for wines from the Southwest! And the Southwest red wine accord works very well as long as these wines are not too woody but remain with aromas and beautiful notes of red and black fruits.
Regional red wines recommended with Basque chicken: Irouleguy, Madiran or Saint-Mont. Also a Béarn or a Côtes-de-Duras.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find an Irouléguy or a Madiran! So we offer you a slightly wider selection of wines from southwestern France which, with their beautiful tannic structure, will also go very well with Basque sauce.
Bordeaux wines made from a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (traditionally from the "Left Bank"), which gives them notes of red fruit and noble pepper, which will echo the sauce.
Red wines from southwestern France recommended with Basque chicken: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Moulis, Listrac-Médoc, Pessac-Léognan, Gaillac, Fronton.
And if you prefer Loire wines, the pepper notes of Cabernet Franc will go well with the dish provided you choose a rather warm vintage to find a certain structure and noble tannins in the wine.
Red wines from the Loire Valley recommended with Basque chicken: Chinon, Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil.
The original recipe for Basque chicken does not contain - apparently - any olives. But if you decide to add some in your chicken, it will give the dish a southern accent (in addition to garlic, onions, thyme...) that makes the accord with a wine with more "garrigue" than red fruits notes welcome. The Grenache grape variety planted on terroirs where it expresses this side of candied fruits, spices and herbs of the maquis. If you choose a Châteauneuf-du-Pape or a Bandol, we recommend a wine that is about ten years old so that the tannins have melted.
Southern red wines recommended with Basque chicken: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Bandol, Pic-Saint-Loup, Fitou
Why not? Why not? After all, white will bring freshness and it goes well with white meat. We started with red wines because the sauce lends itself very well to it but if you look carefully, you can find some tasty and surprising combinations of white wine and Basque chicken! To do this, we will go to the white Rhone region, to rediscover the fat, the floral richness but also these southern notes that will not stand out with the sauce.
White wines to try with Basque chicken: Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, Saint-Joseph blanc
Enjoy your meal and good tasting!