There are several opinions, some restrict the choice of wine with veal blanquette to white wine, because they believe that the wine should go with the sauce (creamy, as we recall) and not with the meat. The cream would therefore automatically exclude red wine. Some theories are less severe, and as at Les Grappes there are red wine enthusiasts, we have decided to present you with all the possibilities. Let's start with white wine to accompany your blanquette: it must be the complement to the dish, to balance the flavours.
Veal blanquette, despite its slow cooking, remains a fairly fatty dish, so white wine should bring a touch of acidity to counterbalance and enhance the creaminess of the sauce. The flavours of the veal blanquette are subtle and fine, so do not stifle them with wines that are too powerful. Discreet grape varieties such as chardonnay, pinot gris and marsanne are preferable. Red wine, contrary to what some will say, may be suitable for veal blanquette. Certainly, not all of them go, and wines that are too tannic, too strong in alcohol, are not good companions for your veal, your sauce, your rice or even your small vegetables. Fortunately for us, sweet and delicate wines exist in red! All those made with pinot noir for example are perfect to go with the calf thus worked. Their youth will be an additional asset.
Burgundy wines are suitable for white and red: Saint-Romain, Rully and Pernand-Vergelesses are good choices for white, for red prefer Santenay or Marsannay. Beaujolais white wines such as Saint-Amour go very well with veal blanquette. You can also look for Loire wines such as Sancerre and Saumur-Champigny in red in your cellar.
The blanquette succeeds in the sleight of hand of hand of transforming pieces of veal that are not very popular to bring out their flavour, and without adding very luxurious ingredients, creating a subtle combination of fine aromas. It is one of the favourite dishes of the French, the consumption of this dish is very important, from the first signs of cold and until late spring. At Les Grappes we like it so much that we even do it sometimes in the summer... And yet the French still ask themselves as much as drinking with blanquette! The debate is raging, white? red? white or red?