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 the drink. Indeed, how to accompany your galette? The tradition wants that one serves cider with the galette des rois, to bring a little lightness and freshness to it... but how to make when one is greedy and amateur of wine?! Les Grappes gives you a few tips to satisfy your desires for cake and wine!
On the occasion of the Epiphany, we gather around a galette des Rois. 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 galette des rois thus 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 Saturnalia, which celebrate the winter solstice.
Although the galette has many cultural references and connotations, it remains above all an opportunity to gather with family and friends and to savour the start of the New Year.
There are different galettes, which are mainly divided into two sets: the puff pastry galette, mainly frangipane, and on the other side the southern galette, brioche, with or without candied fruit.
For the frangipane cake, avoid a wine that is too sweet, as the cake already has a strong almond taste and contains butter. Opt for a lively and young wine, based on Chardonnay, or a sparkling wine like the Crémant d'Alsace or the Crémant de Bourgogne. Dry or semi-dry white champagne will also bring freshness and lightness to your tasting. The idea is to lighten the sweetness and creaminess 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 galette. A dry and acidic wine will then be perfect, red or white.
Lesgrappes Galette des rois accompanied by a Loire wine from Domaine Pithon Paillé " Grololo ".
As for the brioche galette, since it is less sweet than the frangipane galette, you can choose a sweeter wine. So a pinot noir can accompany your galette. Also a muscat mute or a Jurançon will bring out the flavours of your galette by its fruity and sweet taste. If the brioche is plain, you can opt for a supple wine like Gewurztraminer or a sparkling wine like Clairette de Die. If your brioche has candied fruits, you can choose a wine from the south of France, like a Côte de Provence, structured and fruity.
The frangipane pancakes are great with a Crémant de Bourgogne: it is made with grapes from the Chardonnay grape variety, and has vanilla and buttery notes that go wonderfully 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 aromas and a fresh taste will be perfect. You can also turn to natural sweet wines such as Floc de Gascogne Blanc, a white Grand Roussillon or a Banyuls.
For the frangipane cake, choose a dry sparkling wine. The brioche galette goes well with young sweet white wines. In all, prefer a dry sparkling wine or champagne that will go very well with each of the galettes and underline the festive aspect of the Epiphany.
Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky (for Les Grappes)