If you're ever wondering what food to pair with a wine, pick chicken. It goes with everything! I experienced my ultimate in chicken pairing at Zuni Cafe, their infamous roast chicken and bread salad and a 2012 Puligny-Montrachet from Domaine de Chérisey. Literally my heaven on earth. I hadn't been to Zuni Cafe in years and I don't think we even ordered the chicken the first time I went.
We started the evening with oysters and a glass of bubbly.
And then, the most amazing burrata toast.
And then the wine.....
Puligny-Montrachet is one of the most famous wine-growing towns in the Côte d'or in Burgundy and is known for some of the best Chardonnay in the world. It's name in part comes from one of the most famous vineyards in the world, Montrachet, located in this region.
This 2012 1er Cru wine comes from a small hamlet called Blagny, in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. As with most wines from this region, this wine is 100% Chardonnay from vines that are over 60 years old. It's a classic expression of white Burgundy, focused, smooth, rich fruit flavors with a creamy, limestone mineral finish.
And now, for the chicken. Perfectly crispy skin, with dense, chewy croutons sopping up all the goodness underneath. Those greens....they're just for show, who are we kidding this dish is not a light chicken dinner!
The savory, rich wine complimented the rich salty chicken in the perfect way. This might be a contender for my last meal on earth......
If you're visiting SF I highly recommend a trip to Zuni, and a bottle of white Burgundy to accompany you!
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