If you missed the last One Minute Moment with 39 Rue De Jean General Manager J. G. Curry, find the recap on our previous blog post to take a look at his delightful 60-second run down on a Braised Rabbit dinner paired with a red blend. The Savannah native gives plenty of insight to make you the new designated sommelier of your friend group.
However, if you have already tried Rue’s Braised Rabbit with wine selected by Curry during your last time visiting 39 Rue De Jean, then you’re most likely aware of his pairing expertise. In this new One Minute Moment segment, Rue Savannah’s favorite GM chose to discuss the pairing between the classic French dish, Crème Brûlée and an especially sweet, Sauternes wine.
If Sauternes is a new term for you, expect a very sweet flavor typically embodied by honeyed apricot, butterscotch, caramel, coconut, mango, ginger, marmalade, and citrus themes, along with tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and toasted baking spices.
The fact that this sweet, heavenly tasting wine is created by molds in the Bordeaux region of France is quite interesting. As Curry mentions, Sauternes is a small region of the Graves section in Bordeaux right by the river, which means a large amount of humidity. Those who create Sauternes wine, cultivate Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by a mold or rot known as Botrytis Cinerea.
The thought of drinking a glass of wine that’s cultivated by rotten grapes can be a scary thought, however the rotten grapes allow the sugar ratio to differ from other grapes and in turn allows there to be residual sugar in this sweet French wine.
Pairing a glass of Sauternes with a plate of Crème Brûlée that contains in house vanilla bean custard and caramelized sugar is considered the ultimate French dessert. Take a look at the other dessert options while you’re there and make a reservation this weekend for a very sweet Parisian treat from the best French restaurant in Savannah.