Sauerbraten: An Impossible Dish to Match with Wine?

Not impossible at all!

When my mother told me that for Sunday dinner she would be making Sauerbraten with dumplings, one of my favorite German dishes, I knew I would have to dig deep in the cellar to find the perfect white wine. In the past, my choice of white wine has raised eyebrows in my family. Yes, Sauerbraten is a dish made with beef. But to me, the vinegar-based marinade in which it sits for several days before cooking and the addition of raisins and cream in the cooking process have this savory-sweet-sour dish calling out for a rich white wine with good acidity and fruit. And so it was that I chose a Domaine Belleville from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise, the Rully appellation, to be precise.

Stone fruit, lime, vanilla, honey, and a light nuttiness on the nose.  The fruitiness of the peaches and citrus flavors are complemented by the oak’s rich vanilla and warm oak.  While the minerality is a bit more subtle here than in some other Burgundies, it helps to define the wine on the palate and in the finish. A long, evolving finish that is starting to show some hints of age and oxidation. Even so, at five years old, this wine is still developing, and its fresh acidity tells me that it will likely still be very good in a couple of years.

Since it had been in my cellar for a while, I couldn’t remember what I had paid for the Domaine Belleville. When I finally found my notes, I could hardly believe that this great Burgundy was only $16.99 when I purchased it nearly three years ago. It is worth every penny… and then some!

At Gordon’s Fine Wine for $16.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.


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