The Grand Finale! Our last mooncake pairing but this time with a great wine to finish our mooncake series!
Mooncakes have been widely consumed by Chinese communities at Mid-Autumn Festival for millenia. There is even a folk tale saying that mooncakes played a key role in China’s history: it is believed that the Han Chinese hid a secret message in the interior of the mooncakes calling for a rebellion that would unite the people to overthrow the Yuan Dynasty, putting an end to Mongol rule in 1368 when the Ming Dynasty was established!
Nowadays mooncakes are also increasingly appreciated in Western countries. In general their creamy texture and sweetness pair extremely well with Sauternes wine, a full bodied sweet late harvest wine from Sauternes in the Graves region, made from sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle grapes. Sauternes is a renowned dessert wine whose grapes have been affected by Botrytis, a fungus that makes the grape peel thinner facilitating liquid evaporation and resulting in ripe grapes of higher fructose concentration. The wine reveals a balance of pronounced sweetness with zesty acidity, intense flavours of honeyed apricot, peach and Sultana, topped by a long finish. It matches rich mooncakes superbly.
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