A very popular dish, particularly at Christmas time, duck is frequently served with orange, plum sauce, or spring rolls to name just two combinations. But which wine goes best with duck? Our master sommelier reveals all.

Duck is usually served with a full bodied red wine from Burgundy

A duck cooked whole in the oven, ideally served in two courses – first the breast and then the legs which need a longer cooking time – is one of the classic haute cuisine dishes. It is practically written in stone that this should be accompanied by a full bodied red wine from Burgundy, preferably from the Côte de Beaune region. Such wines would include a Chassagne-Montrachet or a Corton.

Roast Duck with Wine

A German Pinot Noir may also be the right pairing.

However, the quality of German Pinot Noir, or Spätburgunder, has risen hugely over the years as, to the same extent, has the confidence of its producers, which certainly means a German red wine can be considered too.

My recommendation is a Spätburgunder

Pinot Noir Duck Pairing

The 2013 Herrenwingert Spätburgunder trocken (dry) from the Friedrich Becker vineyard is the perfect pairing for duck

Probably one of the “most burgundian” of German Spätburgunders is to be found with Friedrich Becker down at the most southerly tip of the Platinate region. Just a few hundred metres away from the French border, this wine-making family has been producing outstanding Pinot Noirs for many years. And these are wines which, on the international stage, are certainly able to compete on equal footing with the full bodied wines from this grape variety. It is slightly odd that the majority of the Becker family’s vineyards are located in French territory, on the other side of the green border. The grapes harvested there, however, are processed into “German wine” in the vineyard on the German side.

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