This wine pairing story has a lot to do with luck and circumstances . We were recently out for a walk in the Flavigny woods in northern Burgundy . The natural landscaping of the trees and slopes, the green mosses with the alternating glades and thicker woods was making us feel good and relate to the forest . We took a left from the dirt road, onto a narrow path under the trees and noticed these fragile things moving lightly with the air : Wild asparagus . Light delicate green colour . So much thinner than the asparagus on the market . Height : Maybe 50 cm .
Excitement . Picking instinct back in our modern lives . Of course we only cut them, and left the roots in place ( we'll be back for more of them ) . Soon we had a nice bunch for our improvised dish . When you look at them, there is some ressemblance with the "regular" asparagus, but not a striking one . The size and proportions are what differ the most .
Next day on the menu : Wild asparagus . Preparation and cooking is at the same time very simple and delicate : Cook in boiling water 4 to 6 minutes . Check often so as not to have them overcooked . They are fragile and could come apart ( and loose some of their taste ) . Keep the water ( wich turned light green ) for later use . See here for a wine choice :
Then, dispose them on a plate with a napkin . Sauce was vegetable oil ( Lesieur ISIO 4 ), lemon, little of garlic , salt and pepper . Went great with the tender and delicate things . The wine : We opted for a wine from near there : A white "Vignoble de Flavigny" Auxerrois (grape variety) 2003 , "La Convivialité" cuvée . Served at 12°C . Nose : Citrus, acacia flower . Some lemon side . Nice light golden colour with grey reflections . Not much acidity in this 2003 wine . Fleshy , but not too much . We have some asparagus, then some wine, back and forth and that comes beautifully together . Choosing a wine coming from the same region than the dish must not be an exclusive religion, but here, both paired naturally and smoothly . Bottle price : 6 Euro .
Entering the village of Flavigny through one of its medieval doors