What wine to drink with foie gras?

by Mélissa Dameron
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Foie gras is an essential dish for the end of the year celebrations. Do you want to serve foie gras on Christmas Eve but don’t know what to pair it with? You will find in this article several suggestions of great wines to pair with foie gras.

What wine to accompany foie gras?

Whether it is goose or duck, cooked or semi-cooked, artisanal, homemade or simply bought from a producer, in all cases this dish is accompanied by a good glass of wine. But which one?

A sweet wine from Sauternes is ideal for tasting foie gras, but a dry white from Saumur can also be used. A slightly spicy red wine from the Rhône Valley will pleasantly surprise your guests.

Sauternes and foie gras, the perfect match

For lovers of sweet white wines, Sauternes will go wonderfully with foie gras. The sweetness and delicacies of Sauternes will go wonderfully with foie gras. The aromas of gingerbread, candied fruit, a touch of honey, caramel and a hint of acidity will bring roundness and balance to your tasting.

Discover now our selection of Sauternes for a perfect pairing:

Château Yquem 1971

Château d’Yquem 1971

“It has a truly bewitching nose, an energy and a thrill that you don’t know where to look. You can detect Mirabelle plum, citrus zest and beeswax.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Château Coutet 1988

Château Coutet 1988

“Of a slightly amber yellow, its nose is very aromatic, white flowers, vanilla. The mouth is unctuous, not too oily, of great sweetness. Timeless length.”


Château Coutet 1990 cuvée Madame

Château Coutet 1990 cuvée Madame

“It offers a deep bouquet of smoky and toasty new oak combined with honeyed peaches and apricots, as well as coconut and a touch of crème brûlée. This is a spectacular wine.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Château Guiraud 2013

Château Guiraud 2013

“Medium yellow reflections. Yellow tropical fruit, grapefruit zest, a hint of botrytis spice. White fruits, lively and fresh, integrated acidity, lemony undertones, good length, ripening potential.”

Falstaff Magazine

The dry white wines of the Loire

Sauternes are not the only wines to go well with foie gras. The freshness of dry white wines can offset the fatness of this Christmas dish. A dense and mineral white wine can be very suitable. This is why we recommend a wine from the Vouvray, Coteaux du Layon or Savennières appellations.

An atypical tasting with a red wine

Foie gras will go wonderfully with the Voge Alain Les Vieilles Fontaines 2012 in the Cornas appellation and its smoky taste with its slight peppery note or a slightly full-bodied and spicy wine like the Domaine Saint Prefert Collection Charles Giraud 2017 in the Châteauneuf-du-appellation. Pope will do just fine.

All the SoDivin team wishes you a good wine tasting!