The day has arrived in the annual calendar where when we are succumbed (again) by social convention and actively induce sugar comas; test our susceptibility to heart disease and other dietary conditions. Yes today is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, as it should be referred. Yet we only really peruse this day for the Pancake.
There will be a ‘nut’ out there who is reading this and saying to them selves, “ah, yes but you could have savoury pancakes with a nutritious and healthy filling”. I say, get real pancake nut. I’m going to give myself a sugar head ache and sore teeth because that’s the kind of crazy fool I am.
My better half requested that I provide lemon and sugar only for the topping of her pancake but seeing as though we are having pancakes for our main meal of the day I decided on something verging on nutritious.
For her: Hazelnut, Sultana and grated lemon peel with a toffee and Kahlua sauce.
For me: Blueberry and cherry with cream.
And there we have it, two tasty toppings to please all. But hang on! Isn’t this a wine blog?
Enter our half bottle of Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux by Sainsbury’s. Widely available and a widely affordable treat at £3.49. (half bottle)
This slither of the Bordeaux department runs down the western edge of the massive Entre-Deux-Mers (land between two seas) and sits on the bank of the river Garonne. The noble grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Blanc and Muscadelle are affected by Botrytis Cinerea a fungal disease that causes the grapes to shrivel and loose water content, heightening sugar content. In short a sweet luscious wine is made with citrus grapefruit and marmalade fruits with a light backdrop of orange and bergamot spice. What really impresses about this wine and its combination with the pancakes is that it doesn’t appear sweet alongside the toffee sauce and sweet fruit. The wine appears elegant with rich texture and comparable fruity flavours. A harmonious coupling of two. I couldn’t recommend this wine enough for pure value for money and a genuine snap shot of what Bordeaux sweet wines are all about.