It is said that it exists as many cheeses as days in a year, so the wine pairing can become a complex one. It is not always easy to know which wine to serve to your guests.
Yvon Lebailly, wine steward (sommelier) at the ” Manoir du Lys ” (Hotel **** and gastronomic restaurant in Bagnoles de l’Orne), shares his experience and reveals to us 3 suitable pairings with your PDO Gillot Camembert:
The regional pairing: farm-produced cider of the Pays d’Auge, PDO, hard
For the most Norman among us, Yvon recommends a PDO farm-produced hard cider of the Pays d’Auge. The blending of the Gillot Camembert with the apple softness and the refreshing sparkles of the cider brings a very interesting aromatic note.
The bravest will also appreciate the combination of a PDO Gillot Camembert with a PDO Calvados or a Pommeau de Normandie.
The famous rule of pairings products made in the same land (terroir) is indeed a golden one.
The historical pairing: the traditional red wine
Before sharing his advices, Yvon wants to warn us against conventional wisdom about the perfect blending between red wine and Norman Camemberts. A metallic taste can actually arise with a number of very tannic wines. The aromas, structural properties and taste are barriers that can be quite unpleasant.
For red wine connoisseurs, favour wines with low tannic potential: the Gamay, Beaujolais or Saint-Emilion “cépage” for a smooth, round in mouth, fruity and not that powerful 6-7 aged wine.
The original and surprising pairing: Champagne, hard of great terroir with short cellar storing period.
Champagne clearly matches well with many cheeses. It is even more surprising with the Camembert. The main advantage of the most famous sparkling beverage is its effervescence which gives a refreshing touch compared to traditional wines.