Rabbit stew, a great classic of French gastronomy. "Civet", derived from the French or Occitan word civet, civet: a dish prepared with onions, garlic or chives. But what a wine with a rabbit stew.
The rabbit stew marinade is made with a red wine. Many recommend a Pinot Noir from Alsace or Burgundy, for its slightly spicy and peppery notes. Not false. But if you like more powerful dishes, then another grape variety like a Syrah (Côtes-du-Rhône) will also be very good. The recipes for rabbit stew have evolved a lot since its origins, but today we mainly find as accompaniment: onions, thyme, carrots, potatoes.
There are also recipes for rabbit stew with white wine. More orignal certainly but quite bluffing! Then prefer rather light red wines with a fruity flavour: Beaujolais for example or Loire wines such as Anjou-Villages.
A lightly full-bodied dish but not automatically claiming a wine from the sun at the risk of losing the taste of the meat which is not so powerful. It will still be necessary to have a rather complex wine because the dish will offer several aromas that will have to be balanced.
Enjoy your meal!
Alexis Proust for Les Grappes
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