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Happy New Year!

Here comes the epiphany, and if we argue about whether to have a frangipane cake, a brioche cake, the concern that comes back is that of drinking. Indeed, how to accompany your cake? Tradition has it that cider is served with the galette des rois, to bring a little lightness and freshness to it... but how do you do that when you are a gourmet and a wine lover?! Les Grappes gives you some tips to satisfy your desires for cake and wine!

The tradition of the galette des rois

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On the occasion of the Epiphany, we gather around a cake of the Kings. This one owes its name to an important episode in Catholicism: indeed, January 6 - Epiphany Day - is the day of the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. It is also the date of the presentation of the child Jesus to the Magi. Culturally, the cake of kings borrows from Catholicism. But it should also be noted that the bean, which slips inside these cakes, has its origin in the Latin festivals called Saturnales, which celebrate the winter solstice.

Although the galette has many cultural references and connotations, it is above all an opportunity to get together with family, friends and friends and enjoy the start of the New Year.

Galettes and wines: slightly gourmet flavours

There are different pancakes, which are mainly divided into two groups: the puff pastry cake, mainly frangipane, and on the other side the southern cake, brioche, with or without candied fruit.

For the frangipane cake, avoid a too sweet wine, because the cake already has a strong almond taste and contains butter. Choose a lively and young wine, based on Chardonnay, or an sparkling wine such as Crémant d'Alsace or Bourgogne. Dry or semi-dry white champagne will also bring freshness and lightness to your tasting. The idea is to lighten the sweet and creamy side of the cake. Thus a sweet wine can be chosen, but it must also bring a touch of acidity to "break" with the flavours of the cake. A dry and acidic wine will then be perfect, red or white.

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The Galette des rois grapes accompanied by a Loire wine from the Domaine Pithon Paillé "Grololo".

As for the brioche cake, since it is less sweet than the frangipane cake, you can choose a sweeter wine. Thus a pinot noir can be served with your cake. Also a mutated muscatel or a Jurançon will enhance the flavours of your cake by its fruity and sweet taste. If the brioche is natural, you can choose a supple wine like Gewurztraminer or an effervescent wine like Clairette de Die. If your brioche contains candied fruit, you can choose a wine from the south of France, such as a Côte de Provence, structured and fruity.

The ideal appellations

The frangipane galettes are great with a Crémant de Bourgogne: it is made with grapes from the Chardonnay grape variety, and gives off vanilla and buttery notes that go perfectly with frangipane. You can also choose a Coteaux du Layon, which will be fresh and expressive without being too sweet. For the brioche cake, a Crémant de Loire, with citrus fruit aromas and a fresh taste, will be perfect. You can also choose natural sweet wines such as Floc de Gascogne Blanc, Grand Roussillon blanc or Banyuls.

If you are in a hurry

For the frangipane galette, choose a dry sparkling wine. The brioche cake goes well with young sweet white wines. In total, prefer a dry sparkling wine or champagne that will go very well with each of the cakes and highlight the festive aspect of the Epiphany.

Find our special wine selection for the galette des rois

Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky (for Les Grappes)

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