July is the month the French celebrate the storming of the Bastille, chopping people’s heads off and disposing of royalty – not something this country, with our recent royal overload is likely to give un petit soupcon about; however it is also the month that sweet, fragrant apricots make their way in the supermarkets and stores.
To celebrate the short lived season for this brilliant little fruit; try out this easy, French inspired tart (minus revolution and bloody rebellion). We might not get the weather over here - but close your eyes, take a bite and you’ll be outside a châteaux with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face!
The best types of wines for this pudding are ones that can stand up to the intense sweetness of the caramel, so a Sauternes is brilliant – try the 2003 Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau; its herb-tinged honeyed layers can take on and really compliment this flavourful fruit. The big weight in the mouth of this dessert wine isn’t overtaken by the sweetness of the pudding – there’s just the hint of acidy to stop it all becoming overly sickly.
Another good match is the Mu: Vin Doux Natural Muscat de Rivesaltes. This 50/50 mix of Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains and Muscat Alexandria creates a deliciously sweet wine with hints of citrus to cut through the sweetness of the pudding. There are distinct floral, tropical notes of peach to compliment the flowery apricots, which also brings a nice lightness to the pairing.