A mellow wine is ideal but a dry white can also be appropriate in certain cases:
For sweet wines, Jurançon and Monbazillac in the South-West will be adapted. Gewurztraminer from Alsace is also perfect, or Sauternes in the Bordeaux region. If you opt for a dry white wine with your foie gras, the Loire appellations such as Vouvray, Savennières and Saumur are ideal. Old white wines from the Graves in Bordeaux or the Côtes-de-Provence in Provence also match. If you want to surprise, choose the red wine option with your foie gras, old vintages will be your best allies, in the Medoc and Haut-Medoc in Bordeaux, Chinon and Saumur in the Loire.
The association between foie gras and its wine depends mainly on the moment when it is served at the table. Sweet wine with foie gras is a popular association, but it risks annihilating the flavours of the other wines served after the foie gras as a starter, which will be too light after the sweet wine.
Let's take the opposite side of the coin: let's serve the foie gras and its wine between the dish and the dessert! This delicious dish goes perfectly with a mellow wine that accompanies its sweetness. Be careful however not to serve foie gras with a wine that is too heady, which would sweeten the tongue too much to taste the subtle flavours of this Christmas dish.
If you prefer to keep the place of foie gras as a starter in the meal and change the wine with which your foie gras is to be served, we advise you, in white, dry wines with a good density, without compromising freshness. For this a white wine that has waited a few years will be more adequate.
Red wine can also be suitable with foie gras, and especially with pan-fried foie gras! It should not be too harsh, with fairly light tannins and spicy aromas.
"What to drink with foie gras", this question comes up every Christmas around many tables, and it's a difficult one, as the choice of wine to be served with foie gras is multiple. Foie gras, from Alsace or the South-West, duck or goose, calls for being accompanied by wine. It is a luxury dish, with a soft taste and melting texture, it appeals to all generations and contributes to the reputation of French gastronomy abroad... just like wine! But then, how to associate wine and foie gras, such a delicate product?
PS: if you don't know what to give to your friends, don't forget to offer wine for Christmas!