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Benoît Gouez

Cellar master
at Moët & Chandon

Marco Fadiga

Chef
at Moët & Chandon

Benoît Gouez

Cellar master
at Moët & Chandon

"Starting out by taking a good look at a dish, its colours, nuances and combinations, can inspire some great ideas about the wine that can be served with it."
Benoît Gouez

CHAMPAGNE & FOOD

Cellar master

It's rather extraordinary that almost nothing has been written on the specifics of pairing food with champagne.

Chef

Like a stylist with his model, I like to base my recipe on the wine.

MOËT & CHANDON

Cellar master

The wonderful diversity in grape varieties, villages and harvests, provides plenty of material to take advantage of all the various facets of champagne: richness, freshness, structure, lightness, acidity, sweetness, bitterness, umami.

Chef

We’re fortunate to have such an expressive range with Moët & Chandon.

THE SENSES

Cellar master

The most important aspect of champagne is its taste, especially in terms of balancing primary flavours and integrating textures, not just the aromas.

Chef

Two senses are essential: taste and aroma. And two others are a little more secret, but I do have a soft spot for them: chromaticity and texture.

CHROMATICITY

Cellar master

Starting out by taking a good look at a dish, its colours, nuances and combinations, can inspire some great ideas about the wine that can be served with it.

I have a wondeful memory of pairing Moët Impérial with vegetable tempura: a simply divine pairing.

Chef

Chromatic pairings suggest real truth, especially in the kitchen. Because nature makes no mistakes in its harmony!

I especially like how Moët Nectar Impérial champagne brings out the best in certain dishes, like a monkfish curry for instance.

"Like a stylist with his model, I like to base my recipe on the wine."
Marco Fadiga

INTRODUCTION TO PAIRING

Cellar master

Start out with Moët Imperial champagne if you’re serving fish in white butter sauce.

Chef

I find that Moët Impérial Rosé champagne and roasted duck with raspberries make for an amazing combination.

« Much like his champagne, as soon as Monsieur Moët enters the rooms boredom disappears. »
Attributed to a contemporary of Jean-Remy Moët