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This month La Gourmet Box takes you to Marne, in the region of Champagne. The fame of Champagne's dazzling wines often overshadows the fact that there are many incredibly talented local culinary artisans around Epernay and Reims. We made some excellent gastronomic finds in the region of Champagne!
Content of our Champagne gourmet basket:
• Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru (37,5 cl) • Traditional Ardennes red turkey rillettes (90 g) • Savoury Champagne pâté with a dash of champagne (100 g)
Organic whole-grain mustard, original recipe with wine vinegar (200 g) • Farmhouse chicken fricassee with champagne (350 g) • Artisanal Reims cathedral-shape pasta made with Ardennes spring water (150 g) • Craquant sablé with the famous Rose de Reims biscuit and Choco BN-style Gianduja chocolate (170 g) • Crisp macaron with a soft centre made from Rose de Reims biscuit powder and almonds (100 g)
Details of our Marne region's gourmet box products and its small premium artisans are given below.
The Champagne GOURMET BOX, Marne region's gastronomy
A gourmet basket packed with products from small producers of the Marne region, which will take you on a gastronomic discovery of the Champagne region, with some great gourmet treats
Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru (37,5 cl)
Champagne producer: Champagne Arnaud & Claude Beaufort, Arnaud Beaufort.
You really can’t experience gastronomy in Marne without a delicious glass of champagne... And not just any champagne: a signature sparkling wine produced on a family estate in Ambonnay, one of the 17 towns classified as Grand Cru de Champagne (among the 320 wine-producing towns that make up the Champagne designation of origin).
Exceptional grapes for a unique champagne infused with the savoir-faire, perfected over generations, of Arnaud.
We selected his Brut Tradition cuvée, a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Fine, creamy mousse, a bouquet marked by the aromas of Pinot, red berries and peaches, and a delicately chiselled mouthfeel that reveals the saltiness of a unique terroir.
We’re convinced that you’ll adore this champagne.
Traditional Ardennes red turkey rillettes (90 g)
Artisan: Saveurs Champenoises - La Ferme du Moulin, Samuel Roëland.
With its tawny red plumage, powerful thick thighs and hefty weight, between 4.5 and 9 kilos, it's hard to miss an Ardennes red turkey! Apparently, it was brought to the region in the late 16th century, when the Spanish ruled this part of Europe. According to legend, the breed is a cross between a wild turkey and a Norfolk Black.
This unusual fowl has been combined with duck fat to create deliciously creamy rillettes.
A great way to kick off your hors d’oeuvres feast!
Savoury Champagne pâté with a dash of champagne (100 g)
Artisan: Huguier Frères
And, to continue your culinary tour of Champagne, a tasty pâté with a hint of bubbly!
Spread on a slice of bread for the perfect snack.
Organic whole-grain mustard, original recipe with wine vinegar (200 g)
Artisan: Artisan : Moutarderie de Reims Clovis.
Reims Old Style mustard contains no preservatives. It's made with hand-picked premium mustard grains, Reims vinegar obtained exclusively from Champagne Ardennes grape varieties, and white wine. The grains are slowly soaked in juice to bring out all their intense flavour and spiciness.
This refined country mustard is now part of Champagne’s culinary landscape and has become a staple in the kitchen: you can enjoy it spooned over red or cured meats, used it to spice up sauces or make delicious vinaigrettes...
Farmhouse chicken fricassee with champagne (350 g)
Artisan: Saveurs Champenoises - La Ferme du Moulin, Samuel Roëland.
Premium ingredients (free-range chicken fed on locally grown grains), renowned savoir-faire and a recipe perfected over the years have given us this delicious fricassee, whose rich creaminess is enhanced by the slightly acidic hint of champagne: warm over low heat and dig in!
Artisanal Reims cathedral-shape pasta made with Ardennes spring water (150 g)
Artisan: Les Nominettes, céréalier Christophe Nominé.
A farmer in Condé-sur-Marne, Christophe began to turn his grain crops into homemade pasta using spring water from the neighbouring village.
He also had the clever idea of giving his delicious pasta unusual shapes.
If you can’t visit the Reims cathedral, at least you can enjoy it as a side with your champagne fricassee!
Craquant sablé with the famous Rose de Reims biscuit and Choco BN-style Gianduja chocolate (170 g)
Artisan: Fossier, Maison du Biscuit Rose de Reims, Biscuiterie Artisanale.
With over two centuries of culinary history, Maison Fossier is a legend in the Reims biscuit industry. One of its best-known creations is the famous Rose de Reims biscuit, which has one special advantage: it doesn’t crumble when elegant ladies dip it in champagne.
Here it’s been combined with Gianduja chocolate, an Italian praline made of icing sugar, roasted hazelnuts and chocolate sandwiched between pure butter biscuits: a delectable throwback to the days of gourmet sophistication!
Crisp macaron with a soft centre made from Rose de Reims biscuit powder and almonds (100 g)
Artisan: La biscuiterie de Reims.
This is another version of Champagne’s signature biscuit, the Rose de Reims, by an artisan who only uses the finest ingredients in his inventions—our kind of culinary artist! No preservatives or artificial flavours or colouring, flour purchased from a local mill, fresh free-range eggs, traditional butter and locally produced sugar.
These premium raw materials, combined in tried-and-true traditional recipes, are the secret to this delicious macaron, crisp on the outside and meltingly creamy on the inside.
You won't be disappointed—gourmand’s honour!
Happy Gourmet Journey to Champagne !
Review byJean De Latour
4eme coffret de mon abonnement offert par mes enfants et toujours aussi ravis de découvrir (et déguster!) vos coffrets ! La Marne ne m'a pas déçue !
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